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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 22:34:33 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Masks (cause they're like puppet faces)

Hi all.
I am currently working on a series of Commedia dell Arte masks for a Theatre company.
They are still in the works, but now waiting to be shown to the Director before I proceed with refinements.
When confirmed, I'll make each one into a test mask, to test the fit and with which they can rehearse while I'm working on the finished masks. I'll make negative molds of each mask and reproduce them in strong paper mache strips.
The rims will be re-enforced with stiff wire.

The noses of two of the character are purposefully very Phallic, and leave very little to the imagination.
Do not view if your are too excitable, don't wanne be, or are forbidden by law to get that way.
The Artist and company are not responsible for extreme blushings or weird behaviour while you are viewing the pictures, or after.

This is so neat, I get to have a full theatre troup as my guinea pigs, and I'm the one being paid!
I've dones masks for Theatre before, but never for Commedia, which requires a lot of comfort, visibility and stability, since this sort of Theatre is VERY physical. I'm learning LOTS about fittings.

The masks are modeled in plastalina (oil based clay) over a plaster form of each actor's face. The casts are not white simply becuase I was trying to tone down the white with some hot shoe polish. Not very efficient in the long haul. If anyone knows how to seal a plaster cast permanently, without any chance of the clay pulling the seal off, please tell me...

So far, there are two masks missing for the specific play, which are: Il Dottore and Orchestrus.
I'll have to finish Capitan before I 

No worries if you have not heard of Orchestrus before, that's just the name they decided to give to their liev musician, who intervenes a few times during the show.

Comments and advice most welcome.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
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