Dec 29 2010Real Life Magic!: Make Your Own Rorschach Mask With Actually Morphing Designs

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I know what you're thinking, but no, that's not a Juggalo. It's a homemade Rorschach mask that actually changes designs when worn. How does it work? Thermochromic paint. I don't even know what that is but now I want my whole bedroom painted with it!

Using Thermochromic paint pigment and clear screen printing base, you can now make an ink blot mask that changes like the character Rorschach from the movie the watchmen. As you breath in and out, the color of the mask changes from black to white wherever the wearer's breath hits it and warms it to a point above 86 degrees F.

The video tutorial is after the jump, along with a couple other videos I found on Youtube of people who've made similar masks. Admittedly, they're pretty awesome. I'm probably gonna make one and use it to rob a bank. "I dunno, it was a guy with a sock over his head -- looked like there might have been a winged devil painted on it. Which -- does that mean I have daddy issues?"

Hit the jump for the videos.



Make Your Own Rorschach Mask!
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How to Make a Real-Life Rorschach Mask [geekosystem]

Thanks to Harry, who made a functional Doctor Manhattan suit but is embarrassed to wear it because his wiener shows. ADD A BANANA HAMMOCK, FOOL!

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Cosplay at its finest. The truly innovative make the best costumes.

SECOND!

Do you know what 2nd place is?

First loser. :(

cool in concept, but in execution it looks exactly like what it is. the mouth area turns black when you exhale and back to white when you inhale. That's a pretty long way from the desired effect.

Why is one of the Watchmen named after a character in "Welcome Back Kotter"?

Next Halloween costume - sorted.

@4 its irony. rorsach becomes a splotch at the end when dr. manhattan splats him

this is actually a really awesome costume. too bad chicks wont understand it and cant see you so it would be horrible to use on halloween to pick up on women.

How would that work with underwear? haha

@6, 4 is trying to be cute, talking about Horshack, From Welcome Back Kotter.

DO LIKE

that is awesome, well done

the first one was amazing
the second was creepy
the third was gay

As mentioned I figured the changing would be located mostly around the mouth, but with a little patience and work it shouldn't be hard to make the heat disperse around better. Pretty sweet.

The pattern on the shirt looks like a freaky cartoon rabbit!

OLD...
I've had one of these for a year and a half.

Clever, but still a bit crappy.

http://channelate.com/comics/2009-02-13-rorschach.jpg

@13 agreed old as sin.

I was going to make one ages ago but didn't like the weird look of the only changing mouth piece.

The first thing i thought was 'what have those juggalos done now... ?'

My question is if its dangerous for you to breath through....

@6 Some chicks like Watchmen too y'know, me being one of them. If I saw a guy wearing one of these masks I would definitely compliment them because it's fucking awesome.

Made this same mask for my husband last Halloween! I should have made a video...But, yeah. It was amazing.

The best design to make is one that is narrow in the nose region, so if you breathe out of your nose, the design gets split up and actually looks like it has changed. Alternating between nose and mouth adds to the effect and it works much better in cold air, because it returns to black quicker and it makes it look more liquid.

Yeah!

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME???

This has to be the coolest thing I have ever seen, a cloth material that actually changes, just like the movie, For the people saying is crappy or whatever, you guys are IDIOTS, I dont mean to be mean but, Show me a better way to do this effect?
besides Comment 20. J'Aime is right, all you need is know how to paint it to make the pattern look better, but, this is definitely the coolest thing I have ever seen, and What if is old? Is new to me, I would love to have one of these, I dont think i could make it but, so freaking AWESOME

That's pretty sweet. It just takes a few simple ingredients to create this mask. The wife beater shirts are good to use, considering they're breathable.

Oh man!
Im so gonna do this for halloween now!

That's really, really cool!

Fucking Rorschach masks, how do they work?

Awesome! But like 17, I'm a little cautious. Does anyone know for sure if this stuff is safe to breath through, possibly for hours? I'd definitely do a little homework before trying this.

Yeah.. the people who say this is not awesome probably suck at making costumes and don't know what kind of materials are available out there for the general public.. I had no idea there was heat sensitive paint available and probably would have attempted to make this mask out of two sheets of plastic with ink in between.. and it probably would not have worked as well as this.

I was just wondering how see through this is though?

Yeah.. the people who say this is not awesome probably suck at making costumes and don't know what kind of materials are available out there for the general public.. I had no idea there was heat sensitive paint available and probably would have attempted to make this mask out of two sheets of plastic with ink in between.. and it probably would not have worked as well as this.

I was just wondering how see through this is though?

@#6 - Don't be a sexist. Chicks read comic books and graphic novels too :P

I'm a chick. I loved Watchmen and I know who Rorschach is, tyvfm.

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@17 and 24

This is the MSDS on Thermochromic Paint (though this isn't the same kind, similar paint could have similar properties)
http://www.hallcrest.com/downloads/ThermochromicPermChangeInk_MSDS.pdf


Skin contact - May cause irritation to skin. Wash off immediately with plenty of soap and water. Remove contaminated clothing. Seek medical attention if irritation or symptoms persist.

Eye contact - May cause irritation to eyes. Rinse immediately with plenty of water for 15 minutes holding the eyelids open. Seek medical attention if irritation or symptoms persist.

Inhalation - May cause irritation to mucous membranes. Move the exposed person to fresh air.

Ingestion - May cause irritation to mucous membranes. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Seek medical attention if irritation or symptoms persist.


Note: "May cause". I don't think it's that bad for you, but it depends on the person, and how long you are breathing it in. But that is my opinion, and I am not a professional in any way.

@17 and 24 and 29

Yeah, it's gong to be safe enough when used in the fashion described. Almost any powdered pigment will be an irritant, if touched, inhaled, ingested, etc (and many are much much worse). The key here is that it is suspended and encased in an acrylic medium. This is essentially how all fabric paints are made, even powdered pigments that are normally on the toxic side are safe to handle once they've been mixed and dried into the binding paint medium.

Think of the powdered pigment particles like bouncy balls - they get everywhere if you dump a jar on the floor. But if you fill that jar with glue, and then dump those balls, they aren't going anywhere - especially once it dries into a big lumpy mass on the living room floor and your girlfriend totally freaks out, even though you explain how it's a metaphor for the interaction between pigments and binder on a fabric medium....

Should you chew on the mask? No, but touching it and breathing will be safe.

If I wasn't making the world's greatest costume already, I would totally make one of these....

See you at Halloween, Geekologie >:)

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