Every year, in early December, I think "Oh, I should make some Krampus masks in time for Krampusnacht! And every year, after I've started, I remember that Krampusnacht is, in fact, in early December. BUT THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT! My wife reminded me on time. I can't actually take credit for this. Either way, though, you benefit.
This one, of course, isn't really a Krampus. This is a jackalope. Very different, but the process of working with antlers and the process of working with horns is quite similar, and I've been wanting to make this little critter for a while, so this was the time.
The wonder of a copper mask is in the strength and give of the material. Because it is so strong, the mask can be very thin- this makes it both very light, and makes it possible to fit as a second skin. These won't block your peripheral vision the way a leather, paper-maiche, or plastic mask would. They can be very comfortably worn all day and night- no worries about sweat or rain causing them to soften and lose their shape. Rinse it with clean water at the end of the night before putting it away. They can stand up to anything you throw at them. As for packing? Throw it in your bag. If you're checking the bag, maybe stuff a balled up pair of socks where your forehead would go. Easy.
The horns used for my Krampusforms are byproducts of other industries; they are natural, they are not vegan, but no one died for them. We are proud to honour the animal that grew them by using them as part of new and beautiful things. Because they are organic materials, we recommend storing them somewhere dry.
Not planning to wear your mask? They won't mind. They can hang flat against a wall, or sit on a shelf.