Danny: This project was inspired by Rick Baker’s work in the horror classic feature film “The Incredible Melting Man”. Armed with a ton of pictures from magazines, frame grabs, and lobby cards I started to examine the designs and sculpts from the original faces. Using my own life cast worked out great. The size was appropriate for the project. My goal was to take the famous Cinefex picture from issue 14 about Rick Baker and to duplicate the shot. Duplicating a convincing melting man from all sides without being able to see from all angles in the photo is a challenge. Not wanting to buy more clay for this project I used everything including some very old roma plastaline. Heat the clay to make a softer consistency. You will be able to work with the clay easier. Basicly i just started working with what I saw in the pictures.
The clay that I worked with most often for this project was Chavanete. Using Roma as I started to run out of the other. NSP Medium, De-Aired, was also used. De-Solve cleaned and smoothed the sculptures. 100% alcohol also helped to clean and smooth the sculpts. After they were done I molded the masks in Ultracal 30 stone plaster. In regular two piece molds.
When finished the molds went into the oven to heat up, soften the clay for easier removal or pulling the molds apart. Next step was cleaning out the molds, casting with latex ,and polyfoam.
Since Latex has a nice fleshy color to them that became the base color. A mix of naphtha cement paints were used to paint the masks. Seal with Perma-Wet Gloss.
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