Realistic Raven Masks
The raven masks below are all sold, but I can make a similar one to you. You choose the eye color and details!
Raven masks are $1275 for a standard mask or $1575 for a moving beak version. The price includes a custom fitted, padded carrying case. Shipping is additional, but around $50 within the U.S.A. and includes tracking and insurance.
Each mask comes signed and numbered inside and includes a care/information sheet.
These six realistic raven masks were custom made for the production of 'The Tempest', by the A.R.T.
The brown-eyed raven mask was commissioned by Chamber Theatre Productions, along with a few others.
Two more blue-eyed raven masks have their home with True Dungeon, a live-action Dungeons & Dragons campaign!
Video of moving beak option
1. Yes, if you are reading this, I am still selling the raven masks. I can’t guarantee I will be forever, I retire designs periodically to make room for new work.
2. Vision in the mask is quite good for forward vision. They are used in various theatrical productions where people need to be able to see on stage. My standard way of covering the eyeholes is using multiple layers of sheer fabric, which gives slightly muted but quite clear vision, and obscures the wearer's face. You do not have peripheral vision, however - so you need to turn you head to see (this adds to the birdlike effect of the mask). If you cup your hands into circles and hold them to your eyes to look through you get a good idea what the vision is like - imagine that with a very sheer dark 'screen' (see through black fabric) over the opening of your fingers. If clarity of vision is of utmost importance, I can make them with extremely thin very see-through fabric where the eye holes are (you would want to wear black theatre eye make-up so your face isn't seen using this method).
3. The masks are warm to wear – I’ve worn them for hours at a time without problem, especially the masks with the beak which opens and closes allows a lot of airflow in. I would not recommend ever wearing them outside in the full sun/heat but in an air-conditioned or typical indoor setting they are quite comfortable. They are used in many theatre productions without issue, where performers wear them for a half hour to an hour at a time under hot stage lights while being active. There is space in the beak to mount a small computer type fan with battery pack if you chose to, which would increase airflow even further if necessary. They are not sweltering like most masks/headdresses made with real or fake fur, but they do heat up if you are being active or sweat on your head/neck a lot.
4. With the open/closing beak option, you can have a normal conversation in the mask, but it limits peripheral noise. If you were going to be speaking to people one on one or in a small group you’d be fine, but if you were going to speak in front of a crowd or at any distance I’d recommend installing a small microphone system into the head and using a speaker – people have played around even with voice modulators and such which produces some fun results. For masks without an opening beak, it would be quite hard to hear you speak unless a microphone was installed, or you were extremely close to the listener. There are no sound effects/microphones that come with the box - the noises in the video are my pet African Pied crows in the background.
5. On the masks where the open/closing beak option was chosen, the mouth moves via a chin strap which rests under your chin – so while you open and close your mouth, the mask’s beak opens and closes.
6. The bases of the raven masks are cast in a durable polyurethane, so the flexibility in sizing generally comes from adding or removing padding inside. They will usually fit all but the largest of heads (and can even accommodate that with some modifications). I generally make them as sort of one-size-fits-all where you can adjust it to be smaller/tighter fit inside by using rolled up bandanas or washcloths as padding – this has the benefit of collecting sweat and keeping the mask clean as well.
7. I make the eyes by hand and can make them any color you want. Blue is the most popular option, since it has good visibility on stage or for film, brown (a more natural raven color) is also commonly chosen.