The Tiki is a native, spiritual figure from Hawaii. There are many different headdresses portraying different meanings, but they all have a menacing expression with a wide mouth to frighten away evil.
A Tiki mask is often worn for hawaiian themed beach parties or celebrations. Here Donald Drennan shows us how to make a very realistic one.
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Step by step
Here is step by step of how I made the Tiki Mask using cardboard, papier mache, drywall joint compound and paint.
This is what I was going for:
- Real stone heads
This is the second mask I have built. The first one was built more out of papier mache, was heavier, and lacked structural integrity. I started a little differently this time. I discovered on the last one that it would be best to build most of the structure in cardboard first. Like the last one, I moulded it around a tall kitchen garbage can. I got a bunch of discarded cardboard boxes and cut them up. I then wrapped that around the can, glued it and taped it. I made the nose from toilet paper tubes, masking tape and glue. The forehead has several reinforcement pieces in it, and plenty of glue.
I continue to build up the structure in cardboard and possibly some styrofoam, plastic, or whatever I have on hand (it's all about free discarded material for me, as much as possible). Then I start layering on the paper and glue. You can use thinned out white glue or carpenter's glue, or mix up some wheat paste out of flour and boiling water. I used a bit of both. if you have some old sheets you can rip up, that makes it even stronger. Here I've made ears out of some styrofoam and glued them on.
- Building up with styrofoam
Next I made the mouth out of another type of flexible packing foam, all discarded material. Note the red line. That's where my eye level is when I put the mask on.