Craft & Design
Easy Vacuum Forming with a Guy Fawkes Mask

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My German pal Aram Bartholl shows you the principles of vacuum forming with his homemade rig for churning out Guy Fawkes masks. The video takes you to 28C3 and other public venues where visitors customized their masks while learning the process. Aram’s machine uses a bike pump to suck out the air from the mold.

26 thoughts on “Easy Vacuum Forming with a Guy Fawkes Mask

  1. If I’m not mistaken, his heater has both exposed heating coils and (even worse) exposed 220V? And he set it up in a public place where anyone could accidentally touch it? That’s insane! Why doesn’t he form a cover for that thing? That’s a lawsuit (and possibly a manslaughter conviction) just waiting to happen!

  2. I think it’s just sheet styrene. They cut it with box cutters pretty easily, and I’ve seen it used for vacuum forming in the past. Google results show that Styrene and ABS are the most commonly used sheets for vacuum forming.

  3. Funny, I like the idea of that small rig. But I thought it was interesting that he wants us to steal other peoples ideas and copy them. The mask from ” V for Venditta” for instance. but show him going through many locks to get to his shop. Maybe he don’t want any body stealing his stuff?

  4. Dave, Guy Fawkes masks existed before V for Vendetta. They were used for celebrating Guy Fawkes day and usually placed on a dummy to be burned in effigy. That’s what made Moore and Lloyd’s character so interesting, instead of being vilified he held up the idea of Guy Fawkes as a symbol for the power of people over the power of the government.

  5. Nice idea and execution. Though, in the future, please try to balance the volume levels between spoken instructions and the (useless) background music. I was constantly ramping the volume up and down so I could hear what he was saying without having the music blasting at top notch volume.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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