Other hobbies.

I’ve been absent from the internets for awhile, not because I haven’t been diving, though I will admit, I’ve slowed down a bit from my earlier race to the finish. My planned date for taking the IE has been pushed back until November, mostly due to some financial issues on my part. I will get there, just not at light speed.

On top of this, I’ve been working on many other projects and things outside of my scuba world (including someday getting my actual website up and running). Two weekends ago was the culmination of a project that had been keeping me up late at night, toiling over boiling toilet paper, as I attempted to create mask for this years Labryinth of Jareth.

My goal was a recreation of Kida’s warrior mask from the Disney film Atlantis. I wanted the size (just about my full body) and the glowing eyes and mouth, all of which made it a very challenging interesting process. I decided to make the papier mache pulp myself, saving money from buying pre-made pulp.

This was time consuming, but rewarding as I boiled down roll after roll of toilet paper to fill out the large mask shape.

Finally once the mask was sculpted out, I was able to paint, add accessories and create the remaing pieces for my costume, a staff, arm guard and little hula skirts for my calves. Once the mask had fully dried I used hot glue to secure the live wire inside the eyes and mouths in order to recreate the glow effect from the cartoon.

The finished product, an awesome, but HUGE mask that I was proud garnered lots of attention and photo taking at the event on Saturday night. I quickly discovered that while fairly easy to move around in, and any chance of seeing down directly in front of me was gone. This was only ever an issue when trying to go down stairs which meant I was clinging to that banister for dear life as I imagined the one misstep that would send me crashing down into the main foyer below. I had a blast at the masquerade, enjoying the evening with 5 other friends who had also all made thier own costumes, and all who looked fantastic.


Megan and my tiki mask at night with our glowing faces!


5 thoughts on “Other hobbies.

  1. hi there!
    i know this is an old post but i was wondering if you could tell me more about making that mask. did you form it on top of something or just sculpt it with pulp? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel, it was quite the process. I cut a base frame from some wire siding that I got at a hardware store, then put the paper mache pulp on top of there and sculpted up, then painted over it once dried. The hardest part was securing it to me because of how heavy it got after all the paper mache!

      • Love your mask! can you give more detail on how you created this? Ive looked at a few others and yours is the best ive seen by far. i originally thought you had sculpted from foam block. How did you run the wires (type, power source)? what did you use to attach to you (backpack straps, harness, etc? I am looking to make a mask similar to yours in the next month or so for a charity fundraiser and I want to do a Haka while wearing the mask.

      • Hi Keith! It was a process for sure. I actually got fencing wire (like a finer mesh chicken wire) and cut out the frame. I then built the mask up with paper mache. This might have been a mistake as it made the mask very heavy. The lights are EL Live wire, which runs off a battery pack and 9v. I just used hot glue to secure it in place. Because of the weight I had a brace against my hips to keep it hanging right in addition to the shoulder harness. I made a little basket inside the mask that I store the battery pack, $$, ID etc. good luck!!

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