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Special Make-Up Effects by Vincent Kehoe

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CHAPTER 4

Casting and Molding

MANY YEARS AGO, ALL THE WORK TO BE ACCOMPLISHED on a performer’s face had to be done on the face for that performance only. Products such as spirit gum, cotton batting, adhesive tape, collodion (both flexible and nonflexible), nose putty, mortician’s waxes, thread, and other materials were employed. However, the make-up artist now can premake several of a needed appliance out of rubber and synthetic latices, plastics in a great variety, gelatins, and other prosthetic materials so that a fresh appliance with a finely blendable edge is available whenever required. The clarity of the image structure of the screen and the closeness of the audience in small theaters require this excellence.

To achieve this, the first ...

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