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This is the officially licensed unlimited DISPLAY ONLY 2nd edition latex mask by SikRik.
The 1st edition, limited to 35 numbered copies, sold out in less than 24 hours.
"My goal as an artist has always been to create works that I would want to own myself," says SikRik. "From my earliest memories I have always been fascinated by images and sounds that disturbed many of my peers. I find beauty in the macabre and bizarre. My works are a labor of love. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do."
SikRik's process starts with a vision, some research, and then he either begins sketching or jumps right into the clay. He spends approximately 50-150 hours sculpting the design (depending on the complexity of the piece) in oil based clay. Once the sculpture is complete, he makes a two piece slip mold of the sculpture in a material called ultra cal (it is similar to plaster, but much stronger). Once the mold is constructed, he cleans all of the remaining bits of oil clay from the detail of the mold.
With the mold completed, SikRik has a negative impression in stone that can be strapped together, filled with liquid latex to sit for about an hour and then emptied out. The remaining latex adheres to the detail on the inside of the mold. He allows the latex to dry for approximately 24 hrs under a fan before pulling it from the mold. Next, he trims the flashing and corrects any major imperfections with a paintbrush and liquid latex and or dremel tool. The next four hours are spent airbrushing layers of highlights and lowlights back and forth until he gets the desired effect.
"It usually speaks to me right at the end and says 'stop I'm done'," says SikRik. "The last step is to gloss the eyes. I will never grow tired of this step. This is when they take their first breath."
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