If you don’t remember, Benny here is the cab driver from Halloweentown. One of the movies most of my generation would watch every year around Halloween as kids. I decided to make a mask of Benny for my Halloween costume by using liquid latex mixed with flour to mold the mask onto a mannequin head.
I used my fingers dipped in liquid latex and sculpting tools dipped in liquid latex to sculpt the skull look. I created the top piece and the bottom jaw piece separately so that I can have more movement to talk. The teeth are fake nails pressed into the latex mixture. When removing a mask or prosthetic off the mannequin head I always use a generous amount of powder.
Really any kind of setting powder or even baby powder will do. Peel a little back at a time as you apply more powder with a fluffy brush onto the mask until it’s completely off the base. Once the mask was done drying for a day and removed from the base I painted it using cream paints of white mixed with some yellow and white mixed with some gray for shading.
Before taking pictures of the final project I went with my friend to get coffee and in the drive through everyone who saw me was scared at first and then seemed to immediately remember that I was dressed as a character from Halloweentown, whether they remembered the name or not.
It was really cool to make the mask and see how it was coming together each step of the way. I also bought skeleton gloves and a black hat to finish the look. I really love the pictures taken inside the car because it gives me more of the vibe of Benny, the driver.
I wish I could’ve used a cab to get the pictures but I still have the mask so maybe some day I can. It’s really fun to make things like masks, prosthetics, and props to me because I can keep them forever and it’s a project of mine I can carry with me. A lot of makeup looks you can apply the makeup and then you’re left with just the pictures you took but I love that I can look at the physical thing I created as well and let others take pictures with them if they’d like.
I hope to continue to build my collection of my creations.