Blue Spirit Mask
The Blue Spirit is an intriguing character - or, aspect of a character, I suppose? - from the amazing series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In fact, I ended up watching the show because a friend expressed an interest in cosplaying the Blue Spirit. I loved the look of this mask and was curious who or what was behind it! I was not disappointed.
Here you can see the mask taking shape, and me using my much-loved trick of pre-crafting a part of the mask that would be difficult to have as part of the final mold (the tusks, in this case). You can see more about this technique on my Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting tip page.
I removed the tusks from the final sculpture to prepare it for molding. I also decided to go with a wood-grain appearance for some additional detail on the final piece, though the actual material the mask is made from is unknown.
The molding and casting process is my usual - start with several layers of brushed-on Rebound 25 silicone, and then create a two-part mother mold from FreeForm Air epoxy putty. The only difference here is the scale - I put the mold for another of my full face masks (the Clockwork Masquerade mask, in this case) beside it for scale. The Blue Spirit is quite a monster of a mold!
Here's the piece cast in raw, white resin and then cleaned up and assembled.
And finally, here are a couple more pictures of my first painted version of the mask. The eyes, nose, and mouth holes are covered with mesh fabric so I can see out and have great ventilation, but am practically invisible inside! Love this stuff.
Available For Sale:
|Blank resin masks - via rednebulastudios.com|
|Finished, painted mask (made-to-order) - via rednebulastudios.com|
© 2016 Sculpted, molded, cast, and painted by Sarrah Wilkinson
Completion date: 1/14/2016 - Page last updated: 1/19/2016
Keywords: Blue Spirit mask, resin mask, face mask, Avatar The Last Airbender, TLA, Zuko mask, painted mask, finished mask, blue and white