Gettin’ Crafty: Bioshock Splicer Mask

2014-05-19 17.18.34What you’ll need:

  • thick cardstock
  • a plastic or paper Halloween mask
  • white, gold, red, blue, brown and black acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Air dry modeling clay
  • a hot glue gun
  • an elastic
  • Optional: Gold poster-paint pen

I made this mask over three days. The longest part by far was the sculpt, which took me four hours.

I started making my Splicer mask based on a YouTube tutorial I’d found. While it’s a good tutorial, I found myself wanting more images to go along with the steps.

2014-05-15 10.39.36You’re going to take your mask and cut the lower portion of the face off, right up to the lip, as well as removing the nose and making the eyes wider. Draw out the ears and cut them out of that stiff cardstock. You want to make sure they’re sturdy. I made one ear out of regular paper and used it as a template for the cardstock.

2014-05-15 10.55.29The forehead of my mask was too square, so I added a piece of that same cardstock and rounded it out. I also added two pieces to either side to curve around my cheeks. I hot glued the ears to the forehead band.

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Cover the mask with the air dry clay. This part was the most challenging for me Ideally, you want the cheap Crayola brand because it’s much lighter. I’m not certain if it’s because I had a plastic mask (vs paper), but the clay would not adhere to the surface. I had to make a slip-solution of water and clay and paint that on first, this way the clay had something to stick to.

2014-05-15 11.16.43Then you sculpt until you die. Build up the clay to create those rounded out bunny cheeks, the nose, and the eyebrows. It’s a bit of trial and error, but eventually it’ll look something like this:

2014-05-15 14.29.14The nose and the top portion of the mask were the most difficult for me. Damn bunny noses. Hannibal not included.

Once the clay dries for 24 hours, apply a coat of Mod Podge. This will seal the clay. Once the Mod Podge dries, break out the white acrylic paint.

2014-05-16 22.33.00After that, it’s all about the gold detailing. The tutorial I linked above crafted the designs out of foam, spray painted and hot glued them in place. I realized I had a gold paint pen and free-handed. If you weren’t already looking a video game screenshots, now would be the time to check them out.

I started with the ears and worked my way down. Once again, the bunny nose was the most difficult part to get right.

After your mask is golden and gorgeous, it’s time for BLOOD.

Now, remember, when it comes to blood, less is more. You don’t want to drench your hard work in gore. You might think it looks brutal, but it actually more like a hot mess.

I mixed red, brown and a drop of blue and black to get a deep red-brown. Blood isn’t always bright red, and when it dries, it dries brown. It’s more trial and error, but when you get a color you’re happy with, splatter away!

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The last step is fixing your elastic in place, or whatever you’re going to use to keep the mask on your face. Once again, your trusty hot glue is your best ally.

Over all, I’d say the level of difficulty ranges from Medium to Hard. It’s certainly not as easy as I was lead to believe, but that might also be using a plastic mask instead of paper/using a different air dry clay, or a dozen other user-error issues.

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I find the mask as bit too flat on my nose, so I’m going to try to move the elastic and see if that changes the way it sits on my face. I may be making another mask in the near future using the lighter Crayola clay now that I’ve gotten one under my belt.

The costume and base makeup will be the easier parts of the Spider Splicer costume. I also added gold outlining and some blood to the back of the ears. Let’s be honest, if you’re slaughtering a bunch of people for their Adam, your gonna get pretty messy.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

Now I’m going to figure out how to make a metal arm. I’m pretty sure forming a spiritual connection with Bucky was not the intended purpose of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


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