Thermoplastics

Masquerade Mask: "His"
Masquerade Mask: "His"

Materals: Worbla, EVA foam, faux suede, rhinestones (Looking Glass Gems), acrylic paint, satin ribbon The set of masks is designed to go together: each featuring similar layering, complimentary cheek guards, and stoning arrangement. The mask consists of of a symmetrical domino-style layer laid on top of an asymmetrical layer that includes the cheek guard. There is a third, smaller layer that borders the eyes and creates the additional layers across the bridge of the nose.

Masquerade Mask: "His"
Masquerade Mask: "His"

Materals: Worbla, EVA foam, faux suede, rhinestones (Looking Glass Gems), acrylic paint, satin ribbon The set of masks is designed to go together: each featuring similar layering, complimentary cheek guards, and stoning arrangement. The mask consists of of a symmetrical domino-style layer laid on top of an asymmetrical layer that includes the cheek guard. There is a third, smaller layer that borders the eyes and creates the additional layers across the bridge of the nose.

Set of Masquerade Masks
Set of Masquerade Masks

The masks are designed to be worn together, each being uniquely individual while simultaneously identical in basic anatomy and stylization.

Masquerade Mask: "His"
Masquerade Mask: "His"

Materals: Worbla, EVA foam, faux suede, rhinestones (Looking Glass Gems), acrylic paint, satin ribbon The set of masks is designed to go together: each featuring similar layering, complimentary cheek guards, and stoning arrangement. The mask consists of of a symmetrical domino-style layer laid on top of an asymmetrical layer that includes the cheek guard. There is a third, smaller layer that borders the eyes and creates the additional layers across the bridge of the nose.

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Mask of Rumor
Mask of Rumor

This Greek-inspired mask is constructed of foam and wonderflex and painted with acrylics.

Detail: Layering
Detail: Layering

Wonderflex layering provided dimensionality for accentuation with paint. Special care was given to use the eyes and cheeks to accentuate the lips, Rumor's main feature.

Rumor in "Argonautika"
Rumor in "Argonautika"

Actor Mariah Claiborne as Rumor. "Argonautkia." Penn State School of Theatre, 2017. Costume Design: Austin M. Rausch.

Mask of Rumor
Mask of Rumor

This Greek-inspired mask is constructed of foam and wonderflex and painted with acrylics.

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Goddess of the Desert Mask
Goddess of the Desert Mask

This Greek-inspired three-quarter mask is constructed of foam and wonderflex. The mouth and lower jaw of the wearer remains visible.

Detail: Individual strips
Detail: Individual strips

Each mask features a variation of width and direction of the wonderflex strips of the forehead and cheek areas.

Goddess of the Desert
Goddess of the Desert

Cat Rokavec as a Desert Goddess. "Argonautika" Penn State University School of Theatre, 2017 Costume Design: Austin M. Rausch

Goddess of the Desert Mask
Goddess of the Desert Mask

This Greek-inspired three-quarter mask is constructed of foam and wonderflex. The mouth and lower jaw of the wearer remains visible.

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Skeletal Ram Mask
Skeletal Ram Mask

The concept for this mask is a ram's head transitioning from life to death. I incorporated hemp to enhance the organic aesthetic of the mask. Click the "process" link for construction details.

Detail: Paint, Beard, Horns
Detail: Paint, Beard, Horns

The mask is painted with acrylics. Two thicknesses (and colors) of hemp are incorporated into the beard and horns.

Skeletal Ram Mask
Skeletal Ram Mask

Skeletal Ram Mask
Skeletal Ram Mask

The concept for this mask is a ram's head transitioning from life to death. I incorporated hemp to enhance the organic aesthetic of the mask. Click the "process" link for construction details.

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Mayan Mask
Mayan Mask

This mask is a reproduction of an existing Mayan relic. It is constructed of wonderflex and painted with acrylic paint. The gold fret across the crest is broken bits of jewelry. the circles at the ear are edged in hemp rope. The mask is comprised of 35 pieces of wonderflex. The pattern was "draped" from a clay sculpt over which the wonderflex was heated and formed.

Detail: Side
Detail: Side

The severe angle of the forehead receding into the crest is matched by the nose. The nose does not flatten in the recess, which presented a unique set of patterning challenges.

Detail: Paint, Nose, Eye
Detail: Paint, Nose, Eye

The rough surface of the mask was achieved through intentional overworking of the wonderflex to produce a rippled effect. This rippling was accentuated through layers of dry-brushing and washes. The tip of the nose resolves into the main plane of the face at 90 degrees less than 1/4" from the upper lip, which also resolves at nearly 90 degrees.

Mayan Mask
Mayan Mask

This mask is a reproduction of an existing Mayan relic. It is constructed of wonderflex and painted with acrylic paint. The gold fret across the crest is broken bits of jewelry. the circles at the ear are edged in hemp rope. The mask is comprised of 35 pieces of wonderflex. The pattern was "draped" from a clay sculpt over which the wonderflex was heated and formed.

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Helm of the Witch-king
Helm of the Witch-king

This piece is inspired by the helm of the Witch-king in "The Lord of the Rings" The Return of the King." For wearability, the height of the central crest and the angle of the jaw flanges are modified. Click the "process" link for construction details.

Detail: Paint, Shaping
Detail: Paint, Shaping

Rust spots are worked into low-lying areas of the helm.

Side View
Side View

Each half of the helm features a row of 4 double-pointed spikes.

Helm of the Witch-king
Helm of the Witch-king

This piece is inspired by the helm of the Witch-king in "The Lord of the Rings" The Return of the King." For wearability, the height of the central crest and the angle of the jaw flanges are modified. Click the "process" link for construction details.

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