Tom Banwell’s tenth plague doctor mask (and fourth steampunk plague doctor mask), Icarus is a steampunk plague doctor mask designed originally for performers. The mouth is left uncovered so that the wearer can sing freely (or eat and drink).
It is made of 4-5 and 5-6 oz vegetable tanned leather, all top grain cowhideThe straps are adjustable by means of three buckles.
The beak and eyepieces were designed and fabricated by Tom, then cast in cold cast aluminum. They have been polished which brings out the bas relief pattern embellishing them.
The mask is all handstitched with waxed thread. The straps are riveted to the mask. The beak is held on with nine machine screws, and the eyepieces are held on using wire. The headband strap has a large piece of foam on the front that goes against the forehead for comfort.
The lenses are like dark glasses, and made of 1/8″ acrylic. The wearer can look out easily (even in interior lighting), yet no one can look in. The entire mask weighs just 363 gm (less than 13 oz) and is comfortable to wear. The beak was cast hollow so that it is lightweight. The bottom of the beak is just as elaborately embellished as are the sides, plus there are five additional vent holes.