Present some background information on Mardi Gras (may show PowerPoint of masks). Student research for ideas.
Design a mask (research leather masks on the web to help give you inspiration). To make a pattern take a 11x17 (28 x 43 cm) piece of paper and fold it in half. Use the simple mask form, which gives the eye and nose placement as the starting base. From here add on to your design. Cut it out cutting through both folded layers. Cut out the eye socket areas.
Now it is time to use the leather- 3 to 4 lb weight tan leather (Note: Christina gets her leather from Napa Leather Hide Co. in Napa, CA
a) lay the pattern/s on the leather
b) tape it to the leather so that it will not move when you are tracing the pattern with a pencil.
Leather is very expensive be sure to make use of the space on the leather hide wisely!
Using an X-ACTO knife: cut out the traced pattern with sharp X-acto Knives.
Make sure the mask: fits you face and the eyes slots are in the correct place.
You may have to make some slight adjustments.
you are ready to wet the leather:
a) drench the leather with water.
b) place the leather between two towels removing the excess water.
Now it is time to use the plaster face mold:
a) place the mask on the plaster mold, to hold the shape
b) continue to work the leather, using wooden tools and your fingers.
c) depending on the style of the mask you may want to pinch, twist, fold, or curl the leather achieving the desired effect, as you work the leather:
Use a blow dryer to set the leather in place:
The heat will keep the leather in place as you shape your leather mask. If the leather dries out re-wet the leather and continue to work the leather.
When you are done, make sure the mask fits
Cut two slits on each side, ¼ inch long near the eye area which will be used for attaching a leather thong so that you can wear your mask. Or glue the leather thongs to the back of the mask covered by two small square pieces of leather.