Spider Mask

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.

Sculpture in progress Sculpture in progress Sculpture in progress

The mask, sculpted in Monster Clay, features quite a lot of detail work, as these spiders have faces covered in fine fur. 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! See Tip: Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting. :)

Pedipalp sculpture

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.

Molds for the spider mask and pedipalp Molds for the spider mask and pedipalp Finished molds for the spider mask and pedipalp

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!

Blank spider mask cast in resin

Here's the first blank cast from the new mold, done in Smooth-Cast 65D - turned out very well!

Spiderman wearing the spider mask

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!)

Spider Mask Blank
$61.00 via Etsy

Categories: Costuming, Currently Available For Sale, Masks and Props
Tags: arachnid, bug, cast, creepy, critter, fancy dress, Halloween, jumping spider, mask, masquerade, resin, salticidae, scary, SmoothCast 65D, spidder, spider, spood, spooky, unique, urethane
Live Date: 12/28/2015 | Last Modified: 12/27/2015