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Death Mask

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by meat, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. meat

    meat Active Member

    Need to make a death mask on monkey without ruining the hair on its face . Any advice would be very much appreciated!!! Thanks For any help!!
  2. rbear

    rbear Well-Known Member

    I haven't done one in a long time. But if I remember correctly I used vaseline on the hair before the plaster.
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    WLELTD Active Member

    use algenate
  4. paul mullins

    paul mullins New Member

    could use hair gel cheers
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  5. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    I've used vaseline and alginate with good results. Hair gel sounds like a good idea too
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  6. paul mullins

    paul mullins New Member

    good buzz trying to bring back animals bird back to life artistically speaking paul m.
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  7. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Really? I would think the vaseline in the hair would not only be a mess but wouldn't the alginate pick up the vaseline detail too? Not doubting you, I'm just having trouble visualizing. I know just enough about molding and casting to be dangerous - ha! Plus wouldn't you still need to pour some plaster over the alginate to keep it from tearing or distorting?
  8. rbear

    rbear Well-Known Member

    When I did a lot of them I was looking for more of the underlying detail. I would rub the Vaseline into the fur really well then smooth it all down to make it lay tight to the skin. This would pick up all the underlying detail.
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  9. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    It's definitely a mess and I haven't found an easy way to get it out of the hair. As for the shape, I just slick the vaseline down in the direction of the hair patterns.
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  10. Little late on this, but if you haven’t already done it, try smooth-on’s Body Double Silk. It’s a life casting silicone that has the hair release agent right in the product. I love it for how simple it is. No need for Vaseline...I use hair conditioner if I ever need anything to slick down fur or feathers.
  11. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    For a plaster mold, slick down the face with a thinned slurry of Potter's Clay. When finished, wash the clay off the face.

    If using Alginate, I ordinarily do not use a separator ... on other occasions I've used the Potter's Clay slurry. If you want to use something, the Potter's Clay slurry will work very well.