The Mask Demon and The House That Dripped Resin

The Mask Demon

In 1988 I picked up a British horror magazine called Samhain. While flicking through its pages, I spotted an advert for over-the-head style horror masks made by a company called Creepers. The only masks I'd been able to find up until then had been cheap half-masks sold in joke shops. So I sent off for their catalogue and ordered a mask and a set of hands. I also sent a short letter commenting on the mask range. It turned out that the company was a one man affair, the one man being Vic Door. He wrote back saying that my letter had made a nice change from the usual ‘how do I make masks' ones he usually received. ‘Well, actually…” I wrote back. Vic gave me the basics (water-based clay, hard plaster, and latex) and off I went.

After a couple of years, Vic decided he wanted to sell his business and offered it to me. I bought it, hired a van and picked up almost a hundred moulds. Vic let me have all his customer contacts so I was all set to continue where Vic left off.

I called myself The Mask Demon sculpting and casting and painting as well as working full time. In the end it got too much for me. I was coming home from work, having something to eat, and spending the rest of the evening getting orders out. The kitchen was a nightmare of moulds, bags of clay and plaster, paints, compressor and airbrush. I don't know now how my wife put up with it all.

So it came to a make or break decision: get a workshop or get rid.

And so ended my time as a horror mask maker...

...and thus began my time in the garage kit scene.

 

The House that Dripped Resin

What? You don't know what a garage kit is? Garage kits are home made models, usually made from resin or white metal or a mixture of both. The kit is sculpted out of Fimo or Super Sculpey which are heat-hardening polymer clays. The sculpture is produced, cut into sections (usually arms, head, torso, legs) and cast in two-part silcone moulds. Resin or thermal setting polyurethane is then poured into the moulds to make castings of the parts. The parts were often quite rough and needed the seams cleaning up before the kit could be built and painted.

After a while, enthusiasts began moving away from handcasting in favour of companies that could take the sculpture, create moulds and produce a set number of castings for a price.

The business was rife with unscrupulous dealers who would take a model and 'recast' it so they didn't have to buy from the artist.

Some exceptional work came out of that time, and fantastic pieces based on movie characters are still being produced, though more by bigger companies than the lonely artist working in his garage (or his kitchen still in my case).

So take a look at the work I produced over the years. Some of it's okay, some of it's not so good. Let me know what you think.

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