as my free time (what there is) has been spent making this –
Hannah, Chloe and Grace are in a production of the Nutcracker Ballet next week. Their company needed a nutcracker mask, and I volunteered (I’m still wondering what on earth compelled me to sign up for that part!). Let me tell you — making a mask of this size is no easy task. I had three trial run masks before this one and ended up wanting to make one more after this one. My family emphatically told me no. I listened. 🙂
Chloe outside before modeling the mask
(photo courtesy of my Hannah)
(photo courtesy of my Hannah)
Here are the details — read with caution. 🙂 Paper Mache mask – three layers. Base is made from molded plastic (from a cut up milk carton). Nose is plastic. Face is built up with foam and covered in plastic before the paper mache was applied. I painted it with acrylic paints. Beard and hair is faux fur from Joann’s. That part is very messy — I vacuumed numerous times and in fact, vacuumed the head to pick up the free hair. (It still looks like we have a dog with black hair here.) Crown is layers of gold poster board painted with acrylics. And the red part was a hat that was existing that I attached. That part still needs a teeny bit of work…. The mask attaches via an elastic band and then the crown/hair attaches over latching with screws and then being tied under the chin. Ignore the imperfections in the mask — you need to remember that this will be on stage and no one will see it up close.
Chloe modeling the mask.
She is the Nutcracker next week. 🙂
Have you discovered that I might be a wee bit of a perfectionist? And now you know why I write on not being too much that way….
Want to know how many hours this took?
Want to know how much it cost?
Want to know the song I belted out when I was finished?
That would be the Hallelujah Chorus. 🙂
Now I need to start making cookies….without nuts…
(feel free to leave any “way to go” and “you did great” or “you’re nuts” comments….hee hee hee…sometimes I crack myself up…)
Way to go AND you did great AND you’re (kind of) nuts. 🙂 !!! We moms need affirmation – and sometimes confirmation that we are a little crazy. Honestly, you really did a lovely job!!
I remember making paper mache projects in school, which I did not much enjoy, so all I can say is kudos to you! That mask looks pretty good!
Wow, you did a great job! I’m very impressed, as I’m not the least bit crafty or artistic.
you crack me up too!!!! you are brave… i would’ve run away from that mask sign-up sheet. i’m super impressed! it really looks perfect. maybe you should open a mask making etsy? ; ) you know, in your gobs of spare time.
Looks fantastic, Rachel. I love it. 🙂 You must have had a *lot* of spare time to make that.
Hope Chloe enjoys wearing it! Tell your dancers I am sending blessings on their performance!
a. That looks like it took a LOT of work!
b. You are more patient than I would be.
c. You could really freak people out by driving around wearing that.
Whatever were you thinking? Just kidding! You really did a fantastic job. You are a woman of many talents!
Wowie. That mask scared the living snot out of me! And I’m coming to watch the Nutcracker… I’ll make sure to get a seat a couple rows back. 😀 Great job with the mask. Rachel!
We just read this post today. My son saw the post (at the bottom of your other one) that said “Got Any Nuts” and he wanted me to click on it!
That’s a very nice mask — good job! Oh, my son says it’s a very funny mask, too!