DIY: Bioshock Splicer Mask
by Victoria Fox
Bioshock is probably my favorite gaming series of all time (behind Crash Bandicoot, of course), so when I found the perfect rabbit mask to use as a base, a splicer look happened.
This decorated rabbit mask was at Spirit Halloween for about $12.
To start off with, I began painting on some of the gold details you would see on an actual Bioshock mask. Yes, this mask is a little busier than that but I honestly thought it looked pretty sweet. I used the first picture below as a reference picture for my mask.
Next, using a wire cutter and an box cutter, I cut out pieces of the mask to make it look distressed and destroyed. The mask I bought was far stronger than I expected, so the box cutter came handy when it came time to wear the plastic down in places that weren’t connected to the edges of the mask, like the holes in the ears.
I also removed the elastic of the mask on the right side, where I cut away a large portion of the mask. It’s important to keep this intact so that you can still place it on your head. When I finished cutting the pieces I needed to off, I then cut a piece of felt and hot glued the elastic under it on the opposite side of the mask.
Then, I beefed up the mask’s overall paint job a bit. I drew very thin, grey crack lines all over the mask surface to copy the one in our picture. For this I used a combination of black and silver acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush. To make the line consistency spotty, I dabbed the paint with my finger as it dried.
Using just the silver paint, I dabbed the paint around the cracks to give them some more definition. This should be very faint, only giving the mask surface a slight shadow.
To make the mask grungier and bloodier, I used the Skin Illustrator FX palette. It’s alcohol based, so it’s staying power is pretty great. Using my fingers, I dabbed browns and deep reds around the edges and ears of the mask. Using a chip brush, I spattered a combination of the red paints in the palette to simulate blood sprays. I also diluted the paint with a large amount of alcohol and dripped it onto the mask as well!
Now enjoy that mask of yours! After all, is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?