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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Molding the Old Hag Mask

A Moldmaking Tutorial for Latex Masks

This isn't the only way to mold a sculpture for mask making, but it's what I did for the Old Hag posted earlier this month (sculpted in WED clay), and it works pretty well.

First a light, even coat of crystal clear (Krylon is the appropriate brand to use, but I had Rustoleum on hand and it worked fine).  This is to seal off the water content of the clay so it doesn't interfere with the plaster later.  Ooo, shiny!  Make sure to give it plenty of time to dry before proceeding.

Back inside.  I decided to mold this one laying down, so I propped the sculpture face up on a piece of bubble wrap (to protect the back and keep it from rolling), then put some bricks and blocks of wood to fill in most of the space before I build the clay wall.

I used EM-210 White Clay (which is a fairly dark grey, for whatever reason) to build the mold wall.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Projection Effect Tips

This is the transcript from my segment on the first episode of Fright Radio, a new podcast for haunters. 

Warning: it's lengthy, so you may prefer to listen.  I did add in a couple of links here, though, in case you want to reference something I mentioned.

Good Evening. I’m Mr. Chicken, and you’re entering my Hall of Illusions. Since this is your first visit, I’m going to start by sharing some tips and tricks to getting the most out of projection effects.

I’m going to talk about choosing a projector, hiding the secret of your effect, video playback options, alignment of projection effects, and a few other tricks I’ve picked up in my experiements.

I’ve been making my own projection effects since 2007, when I animated Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean appearing on the sail of my pirate ship. The next two years I made and updated a recreation of Madame Leota from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. You may have read my how-to. In 2012, I developed my Haunted Tombstone projection effects, and just last month, I released Sybil the Clairvoyant, an update, and, dare I say improvement upon my old Madame Leota.

Projection effects are a great thing for home and professional haunters alike. Not all videos and setups are cheap, but they’re high impact, have a low storage footprint, and are very easy to set up.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Old Hag Mask Sculpture

I decided to call the sculpture done today.  I'll mold it in Ultracal tomorrow.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

An Old Hag

I've been asked to do a few pieces for a production of Beauty and the Beast, so the next few posts here will be my progress on that.

First up is a mask of the old beggar woman who turns into the enchantress who turns the prince into the Beast in the beginning of the show.  It's very much a work in progress, but I'm excited to post it here because it feels like a return to the sort of characters I used to sculpt for the haunt.  

And yes, she'll make a good witch prop, too. More to come.