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lock-mask from nightmare before christmas

Lock ,Shock and Barrell are noted not only for cavorting with Oogie Boogie, but also for their distinctive masks. Even if you do a non traditional Lock, Shock, or Barrell costume, the mask will make all the difference in making your look almost instantly identifiable.

lock costume from nightmare before christmas

DIY Lock Mask (Nightmare Before Christmas)

You will need:

  • Cardboard (I used the curved edge of an empty oatmeal container)
  • Tinfoil
  • Hot glue
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • Modge Podge (or elmers glue and water)
  • Newspaper & paper towels (without print) or white printer paper
  • Acrylic paint (red, pale yellow or white, black)
  • Paint brushes

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting a piece of cardboard in the shape of lock’s face, with a flat top and pointed chin. I used half of a cardboard oatmeal container, which is thin, sturdy and curved. Cut out two small eye holes using an X-Acto knife or box cutter.

lock-mask from nightmare before christmas

2. To get the horns curved in, use tinfoil and hot glue it on to the corners of the mask, curving them in slightly.

lock-mask from nightmare before christmas

3. Use tinfoil (stuffed with a cotton ball to fill it out) and shape into a pointed nose, then hot glue onto the face.

lock-mask from nightmare before christmas

4. Layer paper mache over on top of the cardboard, topping with a layer of white paper or paper towel (you will want a white surface to paint). Allow to dry completely.

lock-mask from nightmare before christmaslock-mask from nightmare before christmas

4. Start by painting white where the mouth will be. Then trace the outline in black, making the smile very tall and exagerated. Zigzag black through the mouth to make small spiky teeth. Paint the rest of the mask red, and allow to dry.

lock costume from nightmare before christmas

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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