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Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:57:15 PM »
To start off: It is an honor to be here as a new member.

My first post has to do with the restoration of  the last re-issue of the Don Post calendar mask The Phantom of the Opera which I got sometime a few years back, from what company I cannot recollect.  It came in excellent condition,  not in or with a box, and the skin was painted a Grey/Green Colour.  Upon moving  four years ago, I tossed it in a bag, in a garage---and forgot about it due to my pre-occupied time.  Two days ago, I finally got around to finding it, folded  upon itself several times over.  I tried to unfold it but it was quite stuck together.  I soaked it in the sink in very hot water for an half hour or so---and it was indeed easy to unfold: --- but for all  around the neck, in a good many areas, extending an inch to an inch and one half   from  the edge of the neck up.  These sections around the neck were carefully and slowly pried apart  but with a few tears.  The rest of mask itself, except for the neck area is intact, and flexible, but for around the corners of the eyes just starting to tear.  The neck area is quite stiff now--but with visibly sustained mask rot.
The mask is now stuffed with plastic shopping bags, with the nose stuffed with paper towel pieces to hopefully regain a better shape in time.  The paint on the teeth is faded and rubs off, but is definitely quite the Erik we all  know and love.  I've read about various options such as filling with foam, re-coating with several coats of latex paint and a new paint job, and the use of fabric,contact cement  inside to repair the tears and cracks.  I am certain that if the neck area can be strengthened from inside, and  re-layered--one could carefully put the mask on once a year or so---if the condition is stabilized so far as the rot problem is concerned.

I do have experience, sculpting, making, and painting mask etc---so whatever can or is going to be done poses no challenge.  What does offer a challenge providing an opportunity, is to not  take the easy but reasonable solution of  filling the mask with foam to use only as a display---but to instead,  gird myself for the task of doing all that is possible, to make it wearable at least on an exceedingly infrequent basis. 
Any advice and comments are appreciated, and I hope my detailed and rather troubling first post was not too long winded.
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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2021, 11:14:29 PM »
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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2021, 07:05:15 AM »


What I can't figure out is how you were ever able to get that mask over your head. The Phantom reissues
were cast so thick, no one but a child could wear it. As to it being "grey/green", the only such version I've
ever known is DP's 1982 edition. Could this be the one you have?


 

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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2021, 10:40:36 AM »
I've always assumed  that since I had ordered it sometimes in the 2000s---that they were giving me the most current produced!   It is most definitely the version you posts: I am shocked!    I now feel a little worse for wear.   It was not easy to get on, but with a little effort I did manage to get it over my head----it is certainly large enough now, due to the hot  water soaking, age, and the fact that the neck area is in little shape to offer me resistance.  The only mask I could not get off,  and it was a little after they first came out---was the Mole Man mask!  What a horror show--it was in the shop on Royal street --the Viieux Carre Hair store ,and it took half an hour to get it off!  The owner was almost having a breakdown,  fearing he would have to cut it off!    I am uncertain as to how many times these Ca lander Mask were issued---and to think, that on discovering its condition---I was just going to leave it like that.  Then I had the notion that I had to do all that I could to restore it so tried the Very Hot water treatment, allowing me to unfold it, and stuff it  around an empty water bottle.   I think one, more involved solution, would be for me to mold an entire new neck area that would start  under the chin and jaw line--and extending all the way to each side of the slit in the back; then glue it onto the surface of the  mask after first using  the mesh treatment inside.
Then I would paint over everything a few times- with latex paint layers.  When I activate my new phone---and can post pictures, I will---not commencing  the restoration  until then---so everyone can see  before,  during, and after pics.    To think it was  an 82 edition and they sold it to me so later on: ---I am still amazed.   

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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2021, 12:54:34 PM »
Restore your Phantom mask but I suggest you do so for display purposes only.
The '82 Phantom is now collectable, having appeared in one of the "Halloween" movies.
Wearing it will only hasten its deterioration. If you're determined to be a green Phantom
for Halloween, invest in Trick or Treat Studios' version. It's in stock and available >

      
 

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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2021, 01:43:28 PM »
I have contemplated that Green Phantom Sir Masksalot!  ---as well as the Glen Strange mask they put out.   I always wanted the Glean Strange version ever since I first saw it.  Just tell me that I am not seeing a face that looks like Bill Cosby;    --that it is only certain tricks of the photography!   If the nose was not so big!   All the pictures make the nose look so big!  And the lips have to be made longer and more prominent as well.   As an aside, I did not think that 82 Phantom could still be collectable in such condition;  even though it is far from falling apart,  a substantial portion of the neck area (all the way round)  has tares and stiffing!   

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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2021, 05:10:27 PM »
I did not think that 82 Phantom could still be collectable

An eBay auction for this copy just closed minutes ago at $1,525 ... so ... do the best restoration job you can.


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Re: Callender Mask Restoration Possibilities
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2021, 08:33:17 AM »
After much pondering, I must concur with your suggestion Sir Masksalot!   I have decided to back patch  the few small holes above the neck area from the inside and patch them with latex   After I read up on how to correctly foam the mask and do it, I will mix up the "exact"  latex paint colours and  attend to that as well the shading.  The ears, and behind the neck and head area, have not suffered any dis-colouring such as the face has.  That version of the  Calendar mask has always been my all time favorite ever since I first saw a large poster of the advertisement  from Famous Monsters of Film land---taped inside the penny arcade window on Royal street when I was a wee small tot!  This was the one where his face was pinkish red;  I became obsessed to have one!  Years later, when I did order one---I was shocked to get the "high brow" version---however great it is. That mask has long rotted into nothingness.   I consider the  Don Post Calendar mask Phantom and both Glean Strange Versions--to be the most iconic and visually stunning masks ever produced.   And yes, I will get one of the Trick or Treat Studios Phantom versions!   The TOTS version   is definitely a fantastic mask, considering it looks like  the Post Calendar mask and the "high brow" combined into one mask.

 

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