I know this is a blog about food, but we were so pleased with ourselves for solving this problem I needed to post it someplace.
My Omnivore and I were scheduled to attend a fancy Masquerade popup ball, for which we were cooking quite a lot of food (See? There's the food connection). After many a gala event, we have no shortage of tux and gown outfits, but masks were another story. I found one easily and since I wear contact lenses it was no problem at all to pick whatever style I pleased.
My Omnivore, on the other hand, wears glasses. Try to find a decent mask that you can wear with glasses. No really. Try. We'll wait while you search.
So at last I told him we were just going to have to design and make it ourselves.
He has an interesting pair of glasses that are somewhat angular, with a frameless bottom edge. We decided that these would be the ones we'd build around and I suggested a Cubist sort of look since the glasses had strong lines.
Out came the old crafting box and I dug up the packages of plaster bandages left over from some other mask-making adventure.
I had him lie down on the floor and attempt NOT to be twitchy for half an hour, poor man, while I laid the plaster over his face. Curious kitties visited him more than once.
The results, if I do say so myself, were not bad.
When the plaster was dry, I traced out the areas of the mask roughly corresponding to the glasses dimensions and cut those away. We also snipped out the spot on the the nose where the bridge of the glasses fit. This enables the glasses to get closer to the face and sit properly, where they belong. (A bit like the Invisible Man, this picture!)
The final touch was to line the inside with moleskin purchased from the drugstore, so that the mask would be more comfortable to wear and not too sweaty.
Since the mask fit perfectly to his face, the glasses slipped over the sides nicely. He got lots of compliments on the design all night, and I have to say we were pretty proud to have solved the problem!