What have I done... What have I done...

all is lost... Where was I? Find a deep cave to hide in.... In a million years they'll find me... Only dust... and a plaque... that reads 'Here lies poor old Jack'!!!

For those of you not in the know, that's a couple of verses from Nightmare Before Christmas. (The Best Movie EVER!)

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you the news that I started sculpting my new mask for Jack. I've never been in love with my vinyl Halloween mask. So here's a little play by play...

I started with a male Styrofoam wig head that I cut laterally down the seam lines of the head. (if you look closely at one of those heads, you'll see what I mean. And also, kudos for me for using my fancy Anatomical terms). Then I took the anterior section (aka the front) and covered it saran wrap... just to keep all the little stryo beads from getting EVERYWHERE.

I don't have a picture, but it took an effort to get it cut in half. I wish I had a band saw, but I just used a big serrated kitchen knife.

Next I built up a base using tin foil and quilting pins. The tin foil is great because it holds it shape really well and you can get it pretty smooth... just get it in place, shape it, and pin into place.

Then I covered all of that with saran wrap.


As you can see it's just a basic shape... there's not much detail... just openings for the eyes..

I used my vinyl mask as a guide for size and shape... even though this face will have a different expression.

After that, I mixed up a pound of paper clay... which I've never worked with before, but I got the hang of it really fast. The key is to not make your clay to wet and to keep your hands wet so the clay doesn't stick to your fingers.


And here's a pic of the first layer of paperclay... I haven't built up any detail. Also I might have to even this out and make it more symmetrical.

But apparently a pound of paperclay doesn't go very far. I'll have to get the big bag from Hobby Lobby tomorrow. Also it'll give this a chance to dry. Then I'll just add more clay on top and build up what I need.

The plan, after it's sculpted, is to coat the whole thing with resin (fiberglass on the inside) and then paint it.

HOPEFULLY, I'll have this done in time for All-Con. Which I'm thinking is entirely possible as this was only maybe 2 hours of work. Maybe less.

Anyway...

Good night all....

Jason

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