How To Make a Dramatic Theatre Mask

Are you the next Phantom of the Opera? Do you have a classy masquerade ball that you will be attending, and can not find a thing to wear? Will you be part of "the chorus" in a Greek tragedy? Well, you will need a dramatic theatre mask if you are doing any of those things.

Gather your supplies. The first step in doing any craft is to gather your supplies. For this project, you will need to purchase a mask frame from any costume, party, or hobby shop. If you want something sturdier, you can purchase plaster of paris and the materials to make a mold of your face, but that is outside the scope of this article. If you want glamour and style, your next step will be to buy glitter, and long, elegant feathers like peacock feathers. Depending on the color scheme you want, any number of feathers may be appropriate. You will also need some craft glue, and simple white glue with a narrow applicator tip. Make sure any glue dries clear, so it is not visible when the mask is finished. Depending on the color scheme of the party, or of your outfit, some acrylic paint may also be in order.

The process after you have gotten your supplies is very simple. You will paint your mask if appropriate for your color scheme, and then when the paint is completely dry, you will 'draw' your design onto the mask with the fine applicator tip for your glue. When it has set for no more than one minute, sprinkle some glitter over the drying glue, covering it entirely. Allow the glue and glitter to thoroughly set and dry so it is not dripping at all, potentially ruining your design. Because your mask is curved with ridges, it may be necessary to do this process in steps.

For your feathers, you can choose whether to glue them to the top of the mask, or for a more dramatic effect, you can glue them all the way around the perimeter of the mask. Find glue and glitter to match the color of the feathers, and embellish as necessary. If you want a larger metallic look, possibly even a mosaic look, get metal confetti instead of glitter in a multitude of colors, designing a mosaic of your mask.

There are many variations you can do with this, including keeping a plain white mask, cutting off one side like the Phantom of the Opera, or painting it all black in a room full of white masks.


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