This is my very first silicone mask and it has been a project 5 months in the making, i know it has flaws but i'm still proud of how far i've come with it.
I started around May with no knowledge in mask making and one day I just worked up the courage to make a mask of this mad doctor from a game called Dead By Daylight.
My steps were pretty basic as i went from making a mold of my own head out of plaster strips to a life scale bust of my head covered in plastiline clay.
Eventually i managed to due the impossible and pull a silicone mask out in once piece with a little help from a new friend, but now i've hit a wall..
I have no idea how to paint a silicone mask but ive researched and found a few ways to do it.
1.)I have heard alcohol based paints can work with silicone masks
(i believe doing this is safe because i dont need to wear a respirator but i've also heard the alcohol paint job comes off?)
2.)-Mixing naphtha with silicone pigments and either brushing or airbrushing it on.
(this is the problem, i heard if you mix naphtha and the silicone pigments it's very bad to breathe in and could harden in your lungs.
i plan to do this in my backyard but my backyard is quite small and i'm afraid the fumes would travel from one side and get sucked into my AC system on the opposite side)
3.)Is there an alternative to naphtha?
4.)What kind of respirator cartridges do i need?
i have an old respirator that i havent used in about 3 years so im positive the cartridges are expired.
5.) Is there another way to paint silicone?
I apologize in advance if this is posted in the wrong discussion threads haha
Here's some before and after pictures
Plaster strip head mold
Then my life sized plaster head
My bust with clay
Then the silicone pull