Visitors to Madame Tussauds wax museums come face to face with life like replicas of famous celebrities and notorious personalities. The life sized wax statues are meticulously crafted using molding materials to create duplicate images of actual persons. It is a real honor to be called upon to be immortalized in wax for the entire world to see.
When celebrities are contacted to pose for a wax sculpture they may not have any idea that they will be photographed from every angle and asked to donate an article of clothing that they have actually worn. Furthermore the intended work of art may not know that a cast of their entire head will be taken using molding materials that are applied to the face and neck.
Not to worry, the celebrity victims are given straws to breath through as the molding material is placed over their eyes, nose and mouth. Making a cast allows the artist to work from a full scale actual impression of the model. Once dry the cast is removed and cleaned then filled with molding materials that create the foundation of the wax duplicate.
Other applications of molding materials with similar uses have been introduced by special effects teams working on movies to create transformations like Michael Jackson turning into a ware wolf for his music video featurette Thriller. Just as the artists that build the wax models for Madame Tussauds, special effects professionals build masks and sculpt body parts from molding materials that capture the actual physical features of the actors that are appearing in the films.
Molding materials and casting kits preserve perfectly the appendages and faces of actors that may be violently torn apart or blown up as part of the visual effects for a feature film.
Meanwhile back at the wax museum the model that has been created from molding materials applied to the original celebrity model undergo a series of makeup treatments to capture the skin tones and coloring of the celebrity.
The eyelids are cut out of the wax figure and matching glass eyes are placed inside the skull of the wax figure. Hair is also matched in texture and weight to the original and groomed to reflect the style at the time of the rendering. The finishing touches of clothing and accessories are added to the figure that may also be an exact duplicate taken with additional molding materials used on the body of the celebrity over a skin tight bodysuit.
Not to worry, the molding materials are completely safe for use on human skin and are fully environmentally safe if discarded after use. Once finished the glamorous celebrity look a like is placed on display for the entire world to see and appreciate.
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