When the holidays roll around I start looking forward to obscure and ancient pagan initiation rituals. This year instead of singing mangled xmas carols along with snarling Krampus demons as in years’ past, I decided to blend in. While the long history and craft of the carved Krampus mask is inspiring, I’m also very motivated by new digital aesthetics and wanted this design to possess a kind of virtual darkness. You know- that old, “watch out – I might throw your cell phone into the eternal abyss so I can see you jump after it” holiday cheer. This Instructable includes directions, file sources and tips on making your own contemporary Krampus mask. There’s more elements that you should consider which are standard to Krampus lore; a suit of fur or torn and distressed fabric, boots, a chain belt, an open harvesting backpack filled with bad children, a long thatch of bundled birch, or a staff with a cow bell hanging from the top end to make a racket. I hope you have a fun Krampusnacht, look for one in your area around the first week in December.
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