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Rorschach mask: Process by FugueState Rorschach mask: Process by FugueState
So, here's how I made the mask for my Rorschach costume. I'm sure I'll be tweaking it up to and possibly including Halloween, 'cos that's just how I am. :blushes:

Through this process, I got to learn all about the "mending" setting on my ancient sewing machine, which is perfect for sewing knit fabrics. :w00t: I also got reasonably good at putting on and taking off all these layers quickly amidst all the fittings I've been doing. :XD:

This is the balaclava pattern that I used: [link]
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InyWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This mask looks awesome! :'D I'm really looking forward to making a cosplay of him :la:
I just got one problem, tho... I'm brazilian, and I don't know what this ''cashmere knit'' in called around here D: So, if possible, could you send me a link of where you bought it, just for me to check it? I would be very glad if you did so X3
Oh, also! What kind of ink did you use to make the ink blots on his mask? o3o
FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I hope your cosplay goes well! :D

My scarf is actually one that I adapted - It started as a women's scarf (sshhh! Don't tell Rorschach! :paranoid:) I cut it down to the right width and then reinforced it with iron-on interfacing to make it rigid enough to hold its shape when knotted. Generally speaking, though, what you're looking for is a men's dress scarf, or cravat scarf. Cashmere is a fine-grade wool, very soft - it tends to be expensive, but you should be able to find a similar, cheaper knit.

For the ink blots, I used a craft marker that's designed for coloring on fabric. I ended up using several, because the darn things kept running out of ink. :-/ I would imagine that any ink designed for coloring fabric would work, whether it's in a marker or meant to be painted on with a brush. The real trick is making sure everything is symmetrical, since any crookedness/unevenness in the pattern ends up looking really obvious! I did mine by putting the unpainted mask on a head form to see where my eyes and such would be, then sketched the pattern on one side with a pencil. Then I took the mask off the form, slipped a piece of cardboard inside to protect the opposite side, and inked in the blots. Once that was done, I took the cardboard out, carefully folded the mask so the seam was right down the middle of the face, and used a makeshift light table to lay it on so I could trace the inked side's pattern onto the un-inked side.

Gah. I hope that made sense! :*)
InyWolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Your welcome X3 If I do it, I may post some pictures on my gallery :la:

Oh.My.God. This was so informative and helpful! ;w; Thank you SO MUCH for being so patient (to write all that text, oh my XD) and detailed! It does make sense, believe me :'D Really, thank you very much <3 You are awesome :icondragonhug:

manI'msobadatwriting,forgiveme :iconcryforeverplz:
FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome - I hope it turns out well! ^^

(and you're not bad at writing at all ;) )
esoteric-bob Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Hey, I just came across your mask! I agree with everyone else about how well made it looks! One quick question though, how did you make the second layer of the mask?
FugueState Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, and thanks! :) I made the second layer out of the main body of the sweater fabric I mentioned above, making it into the same shape as the first & third layers. The foam head was instrumental in getting things lined up correctly, which then made creating the inkblot pattern and cutting the eyeholes much easier. After I cut out the eyeholes, I reinforced the knit fabric with stitching to help keep it from fraying. I also used Fray-check fabric glue for the same purpose - it does the job, but it makes coloring the fabric more difficult, so it's best to color around the eyeholes first and then apply the Fray-check.
esoteric-bob Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Thanks for the reply. I'm almost finished mine but I'm having trouble trying to keep the outer later lined up with the middle layer.
FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, yes, that's a tricky part. It may sound crazy, but the easiest thing to do may be wearing the second & third layers, lining up the seams and such the way you like them, and then penciling in the blots that way.
SubduedMoon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant :la: I HAVE to make one for myself know!

Seriously, yours looks so accurate and not shitty, like the one you can get offline.

Quick question though, what kind of paint do you use so you can see through it still?
FugueState Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I used a craft store fabric marker. It behaves pretty much like a regular permanent marker, but without the smell. ;D The trick is to dab it rather than using longer strokes when coloring in the pattern - and go s-l-o-w-l-y, because the ink isn't erasable!
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