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.
The mask features quite a lot of detail work, as these spiders have faces covered in fine fur.
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. :)
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.
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!
Here's the first blank cast from the new mold - turned out very well!
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!)
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|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
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