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Make your own Baining Fire Dance Mask & Other Craft projects
Fugu
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From: Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2008-04-13 10:54 am   Permalink

I don't know how to carve wood, so I was looking for some sort of oceanic artifact that would translate well (i.e. look semi authentic) as papier mache. I found a picture of masks from the Baining Society in New Britain and thought they would be perfect. The original masks are made out of cane and tapa, so they already kind of have a papier mache look to them. I actually made mine out of cardboard and those strips of plaster coated gauze because I thought that would simulate the tapa look a little better than papier mache. Pictures of the construction and final product are below. The first one (more yellow looking one) is the original. The rest of the photos are of my reproduction and the building process. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, and it was a pretty cheap project too. Good for tiki on a budget (less than $20). I haven't quite decided if I want to try to make it look more yellow and aged. It would definitely look more authentic that way, but I don't really know the best way to do that. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.


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OceaOtica
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Posted: 2008-04-13 12:04 pm   Permalink

nice work man! are you going to do a brownish age wash patina over it? really cool, sounds like a project we should all try to do. really great!

 
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Fugu
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Posted: 2008-04-13 1:14 pm   Permalink

Thanks a lot, OceaOtica! It was easy- everyone should definitely make one. There are several websites that show all sorts of different designs for these masks. As far as the age wash goes, I would really like to do that, but am not sure how (I've never tried to do that before). I should have thought about that before painting on all of the patterns, but I got a little excited about how it was turning out and wanted to see what it would look like with all of the appropriate designs. Do you have any suggestions of what might work best as wash? I'm a little worried about smearing the painted parts (they were done with a combo of acrylic paints and sharpee (it was easier to do the fine lines on the back with a marker). If you have any suggestions on what might work or instructions on how to apply a wash without making a big mess, I would love to give it a try.

 
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2008-04-13 1:23 pm   Permalink

Thats so cool. makes me wanna try and make one.

 
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OceaOtica
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Posted: 2008-04-13 1:46 pm   Permalink

Hey Fugu,
The sharpee would smear if you went over it now. You could try sealing the surface with acrylic matte medium, which would seal and protect your piece and the sharpie from any moisture mishaps, then age it. But test it first, I am not 100% sure if sharpie over acrylic paint won't smear when matte medium is brushed over it. looks sharp anyways! in the future, you can make a age wash by mixing greys, ochres and burnt umber with water. Really thin it down, brush it over quickly, then rag it off. that is the simplest way. If you really want to get into it, grab some matte medium and some acrylic airbrush medium to add in with the water, this slows the drying time (important when aging a paper type surface)and makes it a bit slicker. always test the surface first to see how the color will darken when thoroughly dry, and to test opacity.
once again, fucking cool idea and great work!
Damn, now i really want to make one of these!

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Posted: 2008-04-14 08:27 am   Permalink

FUGU!
you Rock!
That is soooooo Cool!
A little bit of genius mixed with resourcefulness and inspiration!
Very cool!


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2008-04-14 11:24 am   Permalink

I concur with the other heathens. This is a very cool project to get all messy with. Thanks for the post and pics. I would like to see more of this type of artistic mischief.
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Sneakytiki
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Posted: 2008-04-14 12:10 pm   Permalink

Very cool project! I've found that coffee or black tea make the most authentic looking wash in the color range you are going for.

Easiest to do if you dye the whole piece before applying the colors.

When you make a red or yellow paint to put on a tribal piece, try to make the red a rust color like iron oxide, add a bit of orange and brown to a straight red, same goes for a yellow.

Charcoal is usually used for black in these cultures.

If you want to go to the trouble you can make your own pigments by crushing charcoal and mixing it with grease, butter, mineral oil, etc...

I am way impressed by your Baining mask.


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Fugu
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Posted: 2008-04-16 7:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all of the compliments, everyone. I'm really flattered by the nice comments from such talented Tiki artists!

Sneakytiki, I totally agree that the red is a little too red. It dried more red than I thought it would- it was a little more on the rusty side when I was originally applying it. It is a little hard to tell what the correct red should be for these. I haven't seen one up close, and in the pictures the red actually looks like a pretty true red (rather than an orange like I would have expected for a tribal piece.) I'm going to try to make it a little more orange this weekend as well as try out some aging techniques. If it works out, I will post some new pix afterward.

If anyone is interested in making one of these, the website below includes some really great pictures of various masks. It was especially useful because it showed the masks from several different angles including the sides and back so that you could really do a reasonable reproduction. (It also has photos of other oceanic and tribal art that are pretty cool)

http://artvs-internet.luise.eikona-server.de/

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Fugu
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Posted: 2008-07-20 9:58 pm   Permalink

I finally got around to distressing the Baining mask with a wash of grays, ochre and brown. It looks much better now and is actually darker and more worn looking in person than in the picture (and not quite as yellow). The acrylic matte medium worked great and prevented the sharpie from smearing. THanks for the suggestion OceaOtica.





 
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Fugu
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Posted: 2008-07-20 9:59 pm   Permalink

I also made a copy of a Marquesan fan this weekend.




 
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OceaOtica
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Posted: 2008-07-21 1:08 pm   Permalink

Nice work Fugu! That fan is a beaut! Glad the matte medium deal worked out for you.
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2008-07-21 1:19 pm   Permalink

Great work. Going back to what Sneakytiki said about coffee and teas, they work great for aging things. I tend to water them down a bit, then put that into a squirt/bottle mister.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2008-07-29 9:21 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work Fugu! From the wikipedia pix, it looks like these masks are huge (like 3 feet tall), it yours that big!? How do you display a piece like that? Because of it's shape, it won't hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. Maybe that's what the Bainings burned them when they were finished
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Fugu
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Posted: 2008-07-29 10:58 pm   Permalink

I made mine a little smaller so that it wouldn't overwhelm the other tiki stuff. My eventual tiki room is only 10x 10, so a 3+ foot mask of this design would be a bit much I think. Mine is 24 inches from the top of the mask to the bottom of the flap that hangs off the "beak", and almost (but not quite) 24 inches from the front of the beak to the very back with the raffia. (The actual size of the original is around 38 inches). I think that these masks were meant to be temporary. I'm not sure if they burn them at the end of the dances or not. I kind remember reading that they were left out in the woods to decay, but I can't remember where I read that so I'm not sure if that is true or not.

 
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