Stylized papier-mache smiling skull mask painted gold, red, and black.

Primary materials: CelluClay, acrylic paint.

This is a test mask I made during the later stages of another project. I wanted something I could experiment on to figure out how to attach straps to CelluClay, and for painting.

I usually don’t do skull faces because I think they’re kind of too obvious, but that may be why this popped into my mind when I was sculpting without a design in mind. As the face emerged I thought it would be whimsical to give it a big smile.

Right side of skull mask. Flame-like tendrils of black paint grow forward from its back edges.

This has two strips of aluminum screwed inside to act as anchors for straps. They’re pretty strong and I’m not concerned about them getting ripped out. It needs a third anchor at the top to help with stability and weight distribution, though I never put that in.

Although not the biggest, fanciest, or most comfortable thing I’ve made, this represents an important step forward in completing projects and learning how to make them wearable.

2023 update: Eventually I converted this into a wall mask, by adding a foam spacer on the inside and wires that can be attached to a wall mount.