This year, I made two masks for family members and three other masks to sell in a local shop. I also had a couple handheld masks I had made previously to add to my shop table.
I LOVE masks. This was my first time using paperclay to sculpt original pieces, plus I painted on some store-bought pieces as well.
Here is a Black Cat mask I sculpted in paperclay over a simple half mask. I painted it with acrylic, sealed it, and added velvet ribbon ties.
Below: The mask in paperclay, before painting.
Primed in a base coat:
I made the base of the hat from an old straw hat, felt, and cardboard, then sculpted paperclay, painted in acrylic, and hot glued layers of feathers. I still have more to add to the hat (smaller feathers going down the beak a little), but was able to get it to this point by Halloween. I think she looked wholly different from herself (some people didn't even recognize her) and dark and elegant. I love how her costume turned out.
One child-sized skull mask done in Day of the Dead style: