Standard Mask Sizing Reference Guide
For standard “off the shelf” orders, we match your head size to one of our 5 existing shell sizes.
This guide will help you determine your approximate size for our masks.
Tape Measure Method
Measure the circumference around your head just above your eyebrows. If you do not have a soft tape measure, wrap a piece of string or lace around your head, then lay the string flat and measure the distance with a metal tape measure or ruler.
Supply Your Own Mould
Custom fittings are done using a mould of the front half of the head. We offer custom fittings by appointment only. Please contact us for details and/or to book an appointment.
The Mask Building Process
Make Your Own Goalie Mask Mould
To begin preparing for the plaster cast you must have the following items:
• Plaster bandages cut into 7 inch strips
• Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
• Nylon stocking
• Hair conditioner
• Plastic food wrap (Saran wrap)
Start by applying a generous amount of hair conditioner to your hair. This will eliminate any bonding of plaster to the hair through the stocking.
Stretch the stocking over your head so it is just above the eye brows and covers the ears as shown in Figure 1. Apply Vaseline to entire face area, paying special attention to eyebrows and facial hair. It’s a good idea to place small pieces of Saran wrap over the eyes to cover the lashes and any other areas containing hair.
Start with two plaster bandage strips placed diagonally across the face from cheek across nose to forehead as shown in Figure 2.
Cover mouth area and then cover vertically along the sides of your head as shown in Figure 3.
Make sure to leave nostril area open for breathing as shown in Figure 4.
WARNING! DO NOT stick straws up your nose or in your mouth!!! This is extremely dangerous. Leave an opening to breathe from your nose and/or mouth, depending on what is most comfortable for you. The cast takes over 30 minutes to set so it is important to determine the best location of the breathing vents before hand.
The entire head cast only needs to go as far back on the head as the end of the ear, as shown in Figure 5, and down the chin to the Adams apple as shown in both Figure 4 and Figure 5.