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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
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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! :*)
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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:
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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 ;) )
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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SubduedMoon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx for the tip, and being so awesome :hug:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, y'welcome! :hug:
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very cool! :wow:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome! ^^
I think I'll try the mask one day. :la:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome - get pics if you do!
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course! ^^
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Himika Featured By Owner May 20, 2010   General Artist
I love it. I absolutely love it. You did an excellent job with the mask. I might have to base my own mask off of this.
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FugueState Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! If you do, I hope it works as well for you as mine do for me. :D
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Macampos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Brilliant design. I do hope you won't mind if I decide to borrow some of your ideas.... :)
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FugueState Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all - it's why I posted this! :D
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legendofzeldalady Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
OMG!!
Lol I want one XDD
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Anonymous-Ape Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
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FugueState Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhurmplz::iconhurmthanksplz:
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HappilyDeluded889 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!! Just brilliant!!! :clap:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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HappilyDeluded889 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome...=D!
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!
JEALOUS, I AM.
This has got to be the BEST Rorschach mask I have ever seen.
I have to ask though: can you see through it alright? I used a very thin lycra fabric for my one-layer mask, and it looked good but I couldn't see all too well. Did the mesh give you that problem?
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FugueState Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all - firstly, the mesh itself was very fine, about the same consistency as fabric for tights or pantyhose. Also, the rigid under-mask kept the fabric from squashing into my eyes, which I noticed was a common complaint among Rorschach cosplayers. My vision was comparable to what you'd see through lightly tinted sunglasses, believe it or not! :)
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O_O
EFF YES.
I am so making my next Rorschach mask with this method.
TO JOANN FABRICS!!!
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FugueState Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome - good luck! :D
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, thanks.
I'm going to need it!
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Halifax-Samuels Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Augh! That's MUCH better than my Rorschach mask I made - and I thought mine was really good, too! Mine looked good, but was very hard to see through.
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! :thanks: I learned from a lot of cosplay posts that I found online, and got lucky with fabric finds. The big key I discovered, aside from the fabric, is having something underneath that keeps it away from your eyes. I swear, I could see clear as (cloudy) day through this. :D
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Voodoofish Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
An inner mask! Why didn't I think of that? Yeah, this mask is hard to do if you're like me and have to wear contacts, but the other mask should keep the fabric from rubbing in my eyes! Great job and thanks for the tip! :D
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D I wear contacts too, so it was a big concern for me. I hope it helps you!
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KawaiiUsagiChanSan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
this is so cool! thanks for posting this! may have to try it ^_^
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and good luck if you do! :aww:
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10thMuse Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that is really rockn. never thought of using that inner mask. very cool XD
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I saw the 3-layer method here, I think: [link] and adapted it just a bit. :)
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10thMuse Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
instructables is so awesome and inspirational XD
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herosaurus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Looks awesome! Definitely one of the best Rorschach masks I've seen (:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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