Red Nebula Studios

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Spider Mask

A finished version of my spider mask with attached pedipalps, hand painted using acrylics.

I wanted to make something weird and unique... and I love spiders, so that was an easy decision! This spider mask is pretty much based on the family Salticidae, better known as jumping spiders - in other words, those little fellows so popular in macro photography because a close-up of their large main eyes and curious mannerisms is just ridiculously cute at times. I didn't base the sculpt on any particular species, just let my imagination work.

My spider mask sculpture in progress.

The mask features quite a lot of detail work, as these spiders have faces covered in fine fur.

My completed spider mask sculpture, shown from the front. My completed spider mask sculpture, shown from the side.

Here's how the finished mask looks from the front and side. Notice for the additional eyes, I used a number of different rounded objects in lieu of trying to sculpt perfectly round, flat surfaces myself. It's a useful trick I use often: Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting. :)

The pedipalp (feeler) sculpture for my spider mask.

I also crafted this strange little shape, so I could use it to add pedipalps to the masks if I so wished. Pedipalps are the small, jointed feelers on either side of a spider's face; you can see them in the finished mask example at the top of the page.

The mold in progress for my spider mask, made from Rebound 25 silicone. The mold in progress for my spider mask, made from Rebound 25 silicone with a shell of FreeForm Air epoxy putty. The finished molds for my spider mask, made from Rebound 25 silicone with a shell of FreeForm Air epoxy putty.

My molding process is pretty much the same as always - Brush on coats of Rebound 25 silicone and then create a two-piece mold shell from FreeForm Air. About the only unique trick I did this time around is that I used my airbrush compressor to ensure the first layer of silicone got into every little detail of that furry face!

A casting of my finished spider mask done in SmoothCast 65D urethane resin.

Here's the first blank cast from the new mold - turned out very well!

Our newly invented super hero, Spider-Spider Man, a silly photo taken at Tucson Comic Con 2015.

At Tucson Comic Con 2015, we even invented a new superhero - Spider-Spider Man! (If anyone happens to know the name of the Spidey cosplayer, let me know so I can credit him!)

Available For Sale:

This is a unique spider mask blank, cast in sturdy urethane resin and ready to be painted and finished however you choose. It features detailed fur and six additional eyes, as well as a pair of big sharp fangs folded just below the chin.Spider mask blank - via etsy.com

© 2015 Concept, sculpture, molding and casting by Sarrah Wilkinson

Completion date: 9/24/2015 - Page last updated: 12/29/2015

Keywords: jumping spider mask, salticidae, masquerade mask, arachnid, resin cast, SmoothCast 65D, urethane resin, unique mask, scary, spooky, creepy, Halloween, masquerade, fancy dress

Categories: Costuming, Costumes and Props