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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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Chapter 6 Varaform and Wonderflex Masks

MAKING A VARAFORM MASK WITH A POSITIVE MOLD

In Act I, Scene 3 of Pippin, the main character has a fantasy scene with women strangers. In the University of Central Florida production, all eight players wore half masks to disguise themselves (Figures 6-1 to 6-2).

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Figure 6-1 Costume design for Pippin — male players.

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Figure 6-2 Costume design for Pippin — female players.

I chose heavyweight Varaform for the eight masks. Varaform is an open-weave material with a mesh and fishnet nature; it was suitable for my ...

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