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⛱ Looks like our Summer slump is ending. 🌻Things are picking up. I now have a bunch of customer projects to work on. Great! 😎

We have orders for more masks and rocket kits. One of the masks is another Moon Watcher mask for a customer in Australia. He also got one of the 4-eyed alien masks called “Seemore”. 
Moon Watcher has a lot of steps to him. Fiberglass underskull and head cap. Teeth and ears. Hinges, latex and polyfoam skin that I will make on Monday and a lot of hair work.

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The latex skin will go over this underskull once it’s all cut out and the jaw hinged.
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Skull cap is used to mount the under-skull  so it fits well on a human head.

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Cast resin ears and teeth

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it takes various molds  to make this mask
We got another order for the “Werewolf of London”. He remains popular.

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This one is fresh out of the mold. It will dry out over the weekend and I will finish it on Monday with paint and hair work.
Meanwhile, in the background, when I have time, I have been working on my Saturn 1B. It was the workhorse and backbone of the Apollo program. The Saturn 1B helped us get to the moon 52 years ago. Fitting, because this week has been a celebration for us with the 52nd anniversary of Apollo 11 and Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin team made its first historic flight to space. For a great history lesson and understanding of how we got to where we are today read this “Letters from an American” for July 23rd by Heather Cox Richardson: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/july-23-2021

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Mary’s finished painting this week is an alcohol ink, Crab on the Rocks

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Every morning and night when I come home from the studio I work on our film. I will all this weekend and for weeks to come until it’s finished. It is turning out well.
Thinking ahead for new projects I’m considering doing a series of Christopher Lee masks based off the life mask I made of him back in 1977. It was a wonderful experience to work with this great actor. First mask I’m considering is his famous portrayal of Dracula. Because it’s taken from a clay press of his actual face I feel it gives it more value.

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 I plan to build, at long last, my AMT Enterprise D. Here’s a picture of one I built for a customer. So yes, as Mary says, “It’s time to melt some plastic together again”.

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That’s it for this week. We are taking a break from making weekly videos until we have some projects we haven’t done before. If you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see, please share it with us.
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Next mask?

I made a life mask of Chris Lee in 1977. I plan to clay press it and make a series of Chris Lee masks. I’m starting with this first one to see how well they sell.

So far the masks that sell the most on my site are the classic Henry Hull “Werewolf of London”.

Doing a clay press means it will be his actual face from my life mask made all those years ago. I will sculpt the eyes and mouth open and give him the expression, blood shot eyes and teeth. I’m looking forward to this one and maybe the Mummy and Frankenstein monsters he also played.

Filling orders and miniature motors

Just as I finished this order I got another order for the Werewolf, a Seemore, and a Moon Watcher mask. I am so grateful and SNG Studio just lives on thanks to all of you.

Here’s the latest version of Henry Hull. I make these up to request in style and look.

I received from Mike Sitkin of the Famous Kit Kraft in Studio City one of these Gasaprin CO2 motors. Long out of production and holding the Guinness Book of World records for the smallest model motor I managed to get one. Now to build a very small free flight plane around it. I had no idea they were so small. This thing is amazing! If your interested in getting one of these motors he has 4 more. When they’re gone they’re gone.

https://kitkraft.com/products/gasparin-co2-motor

In case you did know you can click on these small images for a full sized image and see greater detail.

Space flight and Evolution

And one more thing about the importance of human space flight. I long ago realized that there are triggers in to our DNA that affect change in how we think, this begins a new evolution to our species that can’t be done until our DNA detects that we have entered space.

When humans reach space, feel freefall, and see the Earth from the perspective of space, the switch turns on and they are never the same again. We will evolve out of wars, greed, and useless pursuits of self destruction.

Just watch what happens to the people take those commercial space flights and how they change. Commercial space is important for that reason alone.

I have this t-shirt and love it.

Werewolf’s and classic sports cars

Filling yet and other order! Thank you for ordering! this gets painted today and a new batch of crape hair in on the way. I ran out you guys have ordered so many of these.

My restored all stock vintage Nissan 300 zx is being driven again. I have had some minor mechanical repairs done to this car by my dear friend and mechanic extraordinaire Manny Rodriquez at Radical Autosport. This car runs like it’s still new. I remember in 1985 many of my friends were buying these with all the money they made in makeup effects. It’s a trip down memory lane to drive this today. They have vanished from the roads they once populated. Some were over modified and have lost their value.

The license plate frame says it all. Build a Bridge to the Stars. Made for me by my late wife Gillian. When they did the restoration I had them keep that frame to reinstall.

This weekend the slot car races begin once more in a year and a half with the Farrout Slot Car Group. This is the car I take there to be with a bunch of gearheads for 2 hours of racing on amazing big tracks monthly.

Shipping and sculpting

Shipped another Werewolf mask yesterday and then got another order for one the same day. This guy is popular. He was our least selling mask for years and now he’s the hottish. You guys have good taste in history and movies! Thank you!

I finally have the time to work on the Laser Blast sculpt. Making a figure of myself when I was 26 years old is a trip. I was so darn thin then and wrinkle free. Had a lot of hair too. Still I wouldn’t trade for where I am now. I treasure my experience and wisdom.

This isn’t easy or something I can do quickly with this super hard clay. It’s slow tweaking but at the rate I’m going I should finish it in a few days.

The film continues to progress well. It’s 6 am and I’m heading to the edit bay to do more shots.

Sunday…7-11-2021

I thought I’d post a picture of the latest lighter skinned and salt and pepper haired Henry Hull Werewolf of London. This was requested by the customer. I finished this Friday too late to go out in the mail. It will ship Monday.

Meanwhile work continues on the film. I have managed to completely edit the entire timeline. I only have a few more composites today to do and it’s ready for sound mix. It is hard work but so rewarding. There’s nothing like film making.

Being able to watch Robb Wolford and Steve Altman perform in character on the screen feels like a real conversation. They are both excellent actors and have brought a realism to this film that I so greatly appreciate.