Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Dirty Bunny Mask

Mom did a spectacular job on her Halloween costume this year!
She chose to be a Dirty Bunny created by Amanda Louise Spayd. She is the creator of the beautiful and haunting puppet in the new movie The Maker by the award winning film making husband and wife duo Christopher and Christine Kezelos.


We purchased Maggs a Dirty Bunny pin from Amanda last year and it's been a big hit with all of us.
I mean, how cute are these little guys?
Adorable, right?


Mom grabbed a 250g pack of STAEDTLER fimo air for microwave. This is our go to mask making material now. It's very light weight, easy to work with and it cures in minutes in the microwave.


Mom sectioned the fimo air into two equal pieces. She covered a Jason hockey type Halloween mask she got at the dollar store with a thin layer of the clay and started to carve and sculpt out the details. Make sure the mask doesn't contain any metal bits. It will make a difference later when we microwave the piece. Remove any metal pieces now before you start to sculpt.


Working from our favorite brooch made by Amanda, Mom added in every detail using a basic clay tool set. Mom also popped a pair of lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses to act as eyes for the bunny. She chose a pair that were dark enough to hide her eyes. She put the lenses over the eyes in the Jason mask expanding the original eye holes with a heated up exact blade. Mom embedded the edges of the lenses into the fimo air clay to hold the lenses in place.


Next Mom added some teeth made of STAEDTLER fimo air for microwave in white. She added a lip out of the terra cotta coloured fimo air for microwave to match the face. After all her sculpting was done, Mom microwaved the mask following the directions on the packet. She added a shallow bowl of water to the microwave with the piece. 


After the mask cooled off, Mom got to painting the piece. She used acrylic paints.


She removed the clay mask from the Dollar store Jason mask. it came off easily because the Jason mask was smooth and shiny. Mom sanded the Jason mask with coarse sand paper to help the glue stick. 


Mom hot glued the lace to the edge of the mask and then hot glued the Bunny mask to the top of that, sandwiching the lace between the two masks.


Mom coated the teeth in a couple layers of STAEDTLER fimo gloss varnish to give them a slobbery sheen.


Then it was time to make the ears. Mom cut out and sewed two ears. Each ear was two layers of polly cotton fabric. Next she turned them right side out hiding the seams inside the ears. She put a piece of wire around the inside of each ear edge and sewed just inside the ear to encase the wire.


Mom painted the front of the ears to match the bunny face. She left the back of the ears the original pattern on the cotton fabric. Some of the paint bled through to the back of the ears and made them look antique.


Here she is all decked out in her Bunny goodness.


My Mom's a cutie!
These Dirty Bunnies made by Amanda Louise Spayd are simply gorgeous. They are hauntingly beautiful. I think Amanda deserves HUGE success for her efforts. She is a remarkable artist.
Thanks Amanda!!


4 comments:

Mandi Louise said...

Whoooaaaa! This is amazing! I am impressed and flattered!

Would you mind if I shared this post around on my blogs and stuff? This needs to be seen :)

--Amanda Louise Spayd

from Kellie said...

Oh my goodness!
Please do share.
We LOVE your beautiful creatures so much! Want to thank you again for being so incredibly awesome. You are an inspiration.

This is my Mother, Judi Mowat's work. She's smitten with your little guys too. We think everyone should have one..... or be one?

Thanks again Amanda!

charli said...

What a great costume! And pin, so cool! I love the tutorial, great idea and execution, mom!

Rhissanna said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for the details on how it happened and hey, microwavable fimo? How did I miss that?