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This latex mask by SikRik is limited to 40 numbered copies. It It is available as wearable or display only. Please specify which one you want when ordering.
"My goal as an artist has always been to create works that I would want to own myself," says SikRik. "I have a soft spot in my heart for Zombies and I am a fan of the Misfits, so why not combine the two? Makes sense to me."
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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