If you have already made a papier mache mask and it is dry on the clay, as long as there are no big undercuts, it is possible to take several Aquaplast masks from that same form.
Sprinkle flour or other powder generously on the paper mask so the Aquaplast doesn’t stick. Or cover with plastic wrap.
It is also possible to do this directly on the Vaseline covered clay.
- Heat the Aquaplast in boiling water until it goes clear.
- Using a large pot or pan on the stove is best but pouring boiling water over the material can also work provided you have enough water.
- Stretch Aquaplast over the mask form.
- With a friend or two, begin pressing the warm plastic into the features of the face with your fingers. It may help to use a knife or spoon for edges, lines, etc.
- Work quickly as it begins to cool and harden immediately.
- Hold down areas that bounce back.
- Avoid trapping air bubbles.
- Make sure edges are not too thick as they will be difficult to trim.
- Don’t worry about mistakes like pinches and folds too much as they can often be the best part of the mask.
- If you don’t get enough coverage, it is possible to heat with a hair dryer and re-form smaller areas. This is difficult however because thin areas heat up much quicker that thick ones and can lose the shape they had.
- Continue with trimming, cutting holes, etc as with papier mache.
- Note – paint does not sick so well as plastic is an oil product. Sanding the surface seems to help.
Aquaplast® – Where to find it
There are medical supply distributors in Canada, USA and UK.
The one I know is called Patterson Medical. (In 2017 it will change to Performance Health).
In Europe it is more difficult as they only sell to pharmacies and healthcare professionals.
Once on the site got to “splinting” then Rolyan® brands, then Aquaplast® ProDrape™-T
The thickness you want is either 2.4 or 3.2mm.
You can buy them in large sheets or pieces of: 15X23cm.
The smaller pieces are easier to ship and handle.
Get white Aquaplast® as it is the only one that goes clear when ready to use (then slowly back to white as it cools), which is very helpful.