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After doing some research, I came across a Japanese mythical demon known as Tengu. He's a sort of half-bird, half-human demon of the wind who's supposed to guard humans... or something. But he was sort of funny and badass looking at the same time. That, and people love making masks out of him, and it's pretty easy to see why - he's one freaky-looking dude, with a nose long enough to brag about. Of course, when I made the main form out of clay, the nose looked slightly.... different.......
That aside, the process started with making the main face out of modeling clay, covering the whole thing with plastic wrap, then putting on several layers of plaster gauze, then cutting out holes for the eyes (and even though there's nothing covering them, they appear black when the mask is on). After the plaster dried, the clay was removed, mainly by pulling on the plastic wrap. Then the plaster was painted with acrylic paint. Then I got a wig from Wal-Mart (since it happened to be near Halloween at the time), and plugging in locks of hair, securing them down with duct tape (which made me very happy to do). The straps for the mask are two strips of fabric tied to either side. You tie them in a tight knot to secure the mask to your head. While it IS wearable, it's not very comfortable, and it's mostly for show. That being said, I'd love to wear it for Halloween some time - I have a robe and wig to go along with it, and a katana sword to boot.