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Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« on: May 28, 2011, 07:04:49 PM »
Hello everyone, my name is Cristina and I'm relatively new here.  I've started sculpting a bust to make a mask of the fat lady in Total Recall who says "two weeks" right before her face segments into 7 separate layers to reveal Doug Quaid hiding underneath.  The sculpt is still rough and needs a lot of work, but I'm reaching a point where I need some instruction as far as getting the likeness completely down.  So criticism is welcomed and very much appreciated.  THANKS!
« Last Edit: May 28, 2011, 09:49:43 PM by CHIMI »

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 02:13:08 AM »
Christina, this looks great.  Even though the pics are very small (I suggest posting bigger ones), I can immediately tell who this is even without the description.  Will you be casting in latex or silicone?
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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2011, 10:39:54 AM »
Great stuff  :) Keep going.
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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2011, 11:00:27 AM »
Hey everyone. I've got more up-to-date photos on the Total Recall costume project and I'd like to show you guys what I've got so far. 

After the bust was more or less complete, I made the mold out of 100% silicone caulk, which I've found is a great alternative to actual molding silicones if you are working on a tight budget and are only pulling a few casts.  After your beauty coat is down, you can layer in cheesecloth to thicken the caulk and make the mold more durable. In my case, I was only thinking of pulling one, but as it turns out I ended up having to use it more than once.  There were only a few air bubbles on the positive cast, but besides that the pulls looked really nice considering the material used. 

I placed the mold lines right through the middle of her face because that's where the seam would eventually split. 



A friend of mine told me he had some Smooth-Cast 300 that was several years old and I could possibly use it to cast my new mold.  One of the parts was so old that the top layer of the resin had hardened over time.  We used it anyway and surprisingly the resin set up and we were able to get a good positive cast. 




After this the problems began.  I couldn't get anything to stick on this cast.  I literaly tried everything.  I sanded the piece, soaked it in Simple Green, cleaned it with alcohol, acetone and dish soap, tried to prime it with Plastikote and  polycrylic.  NOTHING worked.  In a desperate attempt, I put some 2 part epoxy on a small part of the surface and the epoxy never kicked over.  In fact, anything that I applied to the mask would react to the  piece and either delam, never dry, slide off or just sit on the surface.  So I came to the conclusion that the resin was too old and that's why it was utterly unpaintable. 

So I had no choice but to cast the mold in something else that would be lightweight enough to sit on my shoulders and hard enough to hold its shape on its own.  It should have been clear from the beginning that the mask needed to be cast out of fiberglass.  So that's what I did, and it worked like a charm. 



I primed and cut the piece and attached some small magnets on the ends of the seams so when the mask closes, each strip lines up more or less with it's respective pair. 




I still have to paint it and there are some things I need to iron out before I can say that its' finished.  MORE PICTURES TO COME. :D










« Last Edit: October 26, 2011, 11:55:05 AM by CHIMI »

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2011, 11:28:48 AM »
Sorry to hear about your casting woes, but it came out really cool.
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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 06:28:49 PM »
Cool idea for a project, Christina. Glad to hear that you finally figured out a solution.  Does it hinge open?  That would take it to the next level!

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 07:06:03 PM »
that is really a cool project. can't wait to see it painted up.

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2011, 10:36:48 AM »
Thanks for the positive feedback! Greg, yeah it's hinged in the back.  The only problem with that is that the hinges are kind of small and the bottom layer sort of sags a bit because it's supporting so much weight. I'm pretty much done painting it.  Here are the ending results. :)





« Last Edit: October 28, 2011, 10:40:01 AM by CHIMI »

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 11:23:34 AM »
Very cool.  It is inspiring to see what people can do on a budget with a lot of creativity. :)
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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2011, 12:22:27 PM »
that came out really well.  nice job. 

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 01:16:57 AM »
Cristina,
This is super, super cool! Nice job! You'd be the hit of the party in that.



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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 02:12:46 PM »
Nice, it does hinge open.  I just re-read your orig post, Christina, and noticed that.  Oops.  Nice finished paint job.

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2011, 07:21:53 AM »
What a great project, haven't seen this one done before. It came out great!

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2011, 11:01:47 AM »
Thanks everyone for all the comments! I think it turned out pretty well. Not what I was expecting, but it was a result I am very happy with.  This is the first mold I ever made without any help.  Basically the first time the whole process was done from start to finish without any significant outside help. I received a lot of advice and it went a long way.  Thanks again!!!

Thinking of ideas for next year....

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Re: Mask of Total Recall fat lady
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2011, 12:23:15 PM »
This is AWESOME! Sorry for chiming in so late.

Such a cool project. Great Job Christina!
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