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Blue Spirit Mask

Me wearing the final, painted 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.

A paper mockup of the Blue Spirit mask to determine sizing.

The mask is fairly large on the character, proportionally. To make sure I got it right, I first started with a paper mockup and simply held it to my face to see how it looked. After a few tries, this was the size I decided on.

Rough basic sculpture of the Blue Spirit mask.

Because the "horns" and "crown" sections of the mask really needed to be as flat and symmetrical as possible, I came up with the idea of starting with a cardboard base over my head form and building up from there. It worked wonderfully!

Rough basic sculpture of the Blue Spirit mask. Sculpting the Blue Spirit mask. Sculpting the Blue Spirit mask.

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.

Final sculpture for the Blue Spirit mask.

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.

Mold for the Blue Spirit mask. Mold for the Blue Spirit mask. The final mother mold for the Blue Spirit mask, and a comparison between the size of the final mold with one of my other full face masks.

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!

A picture showing a raw, uncut blank resin mask kit of the Blue Spirit from the front. A picture showing a cleaned up, cut blank resin mask kit of the Blue Spirit from the front.

Here's the piece cast in raw, white resin and then cleaned up and assembled.

An example of a finished Blue Spirit mask with the mesh fabric eye, nose, and mouth covers in place. A finished, painted Blue Spirit mask, shown being worn from the side.

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.

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Main image for the blank Blue Spirit mask from Avatar: The Last Airbender.Blank resin masks - via rednebulastudios.com
A picture of a finished, fully painted Blue Spirit mask from Avatar: The Last Airbender.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

Categories: Costuming, Costumes and Props