I am working on a beaded mask. I thought this would be a fun challenge and it is! It’s still in progress and further updates will come. This is fun because it has a different feel to what I have been working on – more painterly and opens a lot of doors creatively!
I am using a thick interfacing that holds up fantastically under the weight of the beads. I attached the “jewels” with E-6000 glue. Holy cow that stuff is great! Easy to work with and holds like a charm. I am extremely happy with E-6000!
I tried it up against my face and realized that the bottom centre (over the nose) was too far down. Luckily I had only beaded it a bit, so I took the bottom beads out and cut the nose part higher. In shaped masks they usually have this bit jutting out over the nose. I’m not sure I can shape the interfacing. I may need a different kind of material if I want to get into shaping.
When I am finished beading, I am going to sew/glue wire around the outer edge to hold it firm and so that I can bend the mask a little to curve around the face. I think I will have this the kind of mask that you hold up to your face with a stick, so that will have to be attached too.
I think this will look pretty fancy when I’m done! Make sure you click on the photos to see a larger version. It looks great IRL.