Above left: The mask (already grounded with black acrylics) was carved out of open- pored mattress foam using a steak knife and scissors. It is glued onto a strip of cloth about 3 fingers wide which has been cut out behind the eyes and nose. The fabric which is tearproof and will not fringe protrudes above the forhead, thus allowing the mitre to be permanently attached. Glue is Pattex.
The facial expression is intended to be “angry” which means the skull has pointy eyeholes and frown wrinkles (which of course are non- existent with real skeletons). There is no lower jaw.
The mitre consists of two parts which have been cut out of cheap camping sleeping mat. They were covered with cloth and sewed together that way. Then the constructon was turned inside out which puts all seams out of sight.
The trinmming comprises of single decorative flakes (bought in winter as fake snow) which have been glued onto the fabric. Cover the desired area with Pattex, spread flakes onto the wet glue (normally you wait till the Pattex is dry, then press together the components, but not this time) and coat it with black acrylics when hardened.
The bishop´s hat can theoretically be adusted in width but that proved unnecessary because the strip of cloth that fastens the mask to the head gives sufficient stability. A hanging of cloth on the back disguises all and helps to completely hide the puppeteer´s head.
The religious symbol (carved out of foam and glued on) is the sword and scales of the fictional god of justice Ulthor (imho real gods have no place in the game worlds in order not to hurt people´s feelings).
Above right: The painted mask (acrylics and cloth coulours).
Back then I´ve painted the foam directly, today I always would seal it first. How to do that is shown here: foam-sealing
The beard consists of grey, uncoloured horse hair (from an arts and crafts store) and was glued onto the back of the mask- again with Pattex.
The carnival mask with the handle is an off-the-shelf plastik Santa mask, cut to shape and newly painted with acrylics. Sand the surface before applying colour- otherwise the paint won´t stick. The handle is on the mask´s left side because Nicodemus has claws on his right hand. The effort was to no avail though- he was recognized immediately...