For a truly elegant costume, why not learn how to make Halloween masquerade masks? Also known as Venetian masks, masquerade masks are stunningly exotic. You can make masquerade masks as the sole ornament of your Halloween costume or as enchanting additions. Match the feathers, sequins, beads and ornaments to the style and hues of your Halloween costume, or let your imagination go wild to make a masquerade mask so large and breathtaking that nothing but a black body suit will be needed to create a backdrop for your Halloween costume. Here’s everything you need to know to make Halloween masquerade masks. Then once the holiday is over, turn your masks into stunning wall art.
What You’ll Need to Make Breathtaking Halloween Masquerade Masks
Basic white mask
A rainbow of colored feathers or peacock feathers
Gold and silver sequins
Colored glass beads
Gold Embroidery thread
Shimmering Markers (red, gold, silver, copper, black)
Strings of beads, pearls, ebony glass
Gold duct tape
Rust Oleum metallic spray paint
Tip: Craft stores will have all the items you need to make Halloween masquerade masks.
Follow These Steps to Make Unique Halloween Masquerade Masks
Masquerade Mask Rule
To make Halloween masquerade masks let only your imagination make the rules. You can use all of the techniques this article will present, or simply combine one or two. Remember that art seeks to establish harmony in chaos, so begin with a themed idea such as all peacock feathers, or all golden hues, then add to the theme as your mask grows. If you start with a rainbow of hues or patterns, your masquerade mask may be without character and hence disappointing.
Make a Gold, Copper or Silver Halloween Masquerade Mask
Masquerade masks come in exotic colors and though you will find some in white and black, shimmering tones like gold, copper and silver are the best for making Halloween masquerade masks. At your home improvement store or craft store look for Rust Oleum metallic spray paints and choose the color you love best. Spray paint the masquerade mask with two coats of paint for a lasting finish.
Create a Fan of Feathers
To make masquerade masks for Halloween begin with the traditional fan of feathers around your painted Halloween mask. With the mask set face down on a covered table, spread glue around its inner rim, then press the end of a small feather onto the glue and bend it to break the end into a right (45 degree) angle. This way the feather will fan out of the mask instead of jutting up. While still securing the feather in place, add a longer feather behind it. Use gold duct tape to secure the feathers over the wet glue.
Keep adding 2 rows of feathers to create a circular fan all around the Halloween masquerade mask you are making. And to make an even more stunning Halloween masquerade mask add a third or even fourth fan of progressively longer feathers.
A striking attribute of masquerade masks are the etchings on the cheeks that curl like vines. To create this effect on the Halloween masquerade mask you are making use a shimmering marker in a color that will stand out against the spray-painted face of the mask. Use copper on gold, or gold on silver. First practice on paper, making curlicues that twirl into each other, then when your hand is sure proceed to painting over the cheeks of the masquerade mask.
Make your Halloween masquerade mask even more alluring by painting beautiful features over its blank face. Use the shimmering marker to paint a highlighted line around the eyes, then added shimmering eyelashes. Paint the lips a shimmering red for a sensuous Halloween masquerade mask.
You can frame the edge of the mask by gluing a silk ribbon around the edge of the fan of feathers. Choose a color that will blend into the background of the Halloween masquerade mask you are making yet still enhance its beauty, such as shimmering gold against gold, or ivory against silver.
Dab glue on the base of the feathers to stick glittering sequins between the feathery fan of the Halloween masquerade mask. Use the sequins in one thick cluster, or spread them all along the feathers, just as you please. As you make your Halloween masquerade mask take your time holding the mask at a distance and deciding where the next set of sequins should go.
Sew pearl buttons into the feathers or ribbon surrounding the edge of the Halloween masquerade mask you are making. The pearls will add a touch of substance amid the twinkling sequins, like luminous pebbles in a shimmering lake.
Another way to add exotic beauty to the masquerade mask you are making is to pin a diamond jewel (like a broach) to the forehead, or to crown the head above with a diadem.
Strings of Beads or Ebony Glass
Sew or glue strings of beads or ebony glass in a wavy pattern around the edge of the masquerade mask you are making. Allow the strings to come loose at the sides where the ears would be, to mimic the presence of dangling earrings beside your glamorous Halloween masquerade mask.
Add more bejeweled effects to your Halloween mask by hanging glass beads on gold embroidery thread and stringing these jewels through the fan of feathers ornamenting the Halloween masquerade mask you are making.
Halloween Costumes You Can Make Yourself
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And for all lover’s of fiction and poetry, close the lights and listen to this collection of dark audio poems, or these Halloween audio poems that will start your holiday off just right. And be sure to implement these cunningly scary ideas for Halloween decorations.