2021: WGM is Currently Closed for New Orders

Wow! What an amazing day! Our 2021 queue slots have been filled. This year’s first queue opening was a bit late in the year, but we managed to open up before summer was out. We will work with these orders (and take care of some work behind the scenes). So, for now, we can say that we cannot take on any new orders at this time.

We do realize there were many who did not get a slot and we apologize. Wild Gasmasks is done alongside our respective full-time jobs and so we just cant take on any more orders, lest we overwhelm ourselves. For now, please be patient about contacting us about new orders. We will not be providing quotes to people at this time. Thank you.

The Dragon Age

Sadly, taxes took a bit longer this year and we were having a hard time fitting mask work into our schedules. We have transitioned out of that in the last week or so. Progression will still be a bit slow now that our ledger has essentially been taken back to zero. We are restocking our supply and accessory shelves, and getting back into a rhythm.

We do admit that this site has been neglected, so it is nice to have an update here. In fact,  we can now tell you about some trials (experiments) which we have been keeping quiet about until now…..

Taku Dragon at Further Confusion 2016For those of you who went to Further Confusion, you may have seen this character walking around in the evening.  Taku Dragon, a Bay Area costume creator, was one of our first guinea pigs….err dragon, for what is now known as our DG1 and DG2 masks.  Over the holidays, while we prepared for convention and taxes, Stego put this mask together.  Although Taku makes his own rubber costumes and fursuits, the DG2 mask seen in this photo became a welcome alternative head/mask for his character.


While we are still working on handling our waiting lists (backlog), we have started a list for people interested in our new(ish) fantasy creature.  DG1 and DG2 masks are based off of the molds that we create our HG1 and HG2 masks from. So, this does mean that people ordering a dragon will be queued in line with any horse orders that are in the queue at that same time.

We are still only taking on as many orders as we can reasonably do with our team’s current work (employment) schedule and around our Spring Season. Id say we are about 65% through our backlog from 2015 so we are getting close to a time when we can start working with new orders. With these site revisions, this is your chance to review the product of your choice, and maybe bring out your inner dragon.

 

Further Confusion 2016: We Are In The Art Show

Stego departed from the mountain yesterday afternoon, ready for some furry fun. First trip of the new year, and the boys have worked hard enough to enjoy some fun for the convention weekend.  Stego arrived last night but rose early this morning (early for a convention anyway) and has gotten our items placed on the convention floor.  So, if you are looking to pick up something nice and squeaky, here is our inventory of items for this year’s art show…

 

  • JG-1 This item has soldWild Mask KG1 - Quarter View
  • Special Item : Wild Mask
    A feline that allows you to breathe (and drink) easy. Wildgasmask products are usually designed around enclosure of some kind, but we never run out of alternative suggestions that might veer us away from the status quo. We created a hybrid of something that encases but that is less restrictive than our typical hoods. The hood was used to our advantage to keep the chin covered up from those who may be standing nearby. The area of exposed skin is minimal, leaving an opening just large enough to accommodate a straw and give the wearer a clearer breathing passage.  You can consider this a ‘wild mask’ (vs a ‘wild gasmask’). The internal components were not added to this mask,  but upon purchase, this mask will come with a set of our standard smoke lenses.

    Front View        Side View        Back View

    Measurements ( Please see
    this chart ):
    1. 23 inches/ 58.4cm     2. 27inches/ 68.6cm      3. 16.5inches/ 41.9cm     4. 26inches/ 66cm     5.17inches/ 43.2cm       6. 3inches/ 7.6cm          7. 3.5inches/ 8.9cm         8. 2.5inches/ 6.4cm

  • HG-1 : Pink and White Breyerhorse Design (comes with all internal components, a pair of black lenses and a carry strap)
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Stego will be around the convention til Sunday.  If you own one of our masks and have any light repair needs, we can help you. Please contact us through our Twitter account or through Stego’s public account@stego_s_aurus_p.  we have brought a compact collection of tools with us.  This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.

We look forward to seeing some of you again this year….

The Road Trip to Further Confusion Begins

Greetings! This is Stego breaking in with an impromptu FC announcement.  We are currently packing the last of our luggage and getting ready for that driving trip up to the Bay Area.  One advantage of driving up there (vs. flying) is that we are able to pack more and pack other items that we like to leave away from the clumsy hands of the TSA.

Within our luggage, we will be bringing a “small lab” of tools with us.  This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.  We will also have a small selection of lenses for those who may want something different for their mask’s “eyes”.

Wildgasmasks is also in the artshow!  If you wish to get ahold of one of our standard masks, you can find these items in the art show : an HG2, a KG1, and a JG 1.5.  The art show begins at 10am on Friday.

We look forward to meeting our friends at this convention and having a great time.  meddle and I will be running around all convention long, so if you see us and need something, do not hesitate to flag us down.  For those on Twitter, you can also reach us through my public Twitter account (@stego_s_aurus_p).

Can’t wait!

Of Holidays and Hoods

Is it December already?

Man, time really did just pass by and I do not even feel like any of us even blinked. And yet, here we are facing the end of 2014. When autumn arrived, it seems that all three of us became really busy with our respective families and friends.  When November came, there was no shortage of birthday, Thanksgiving and anniversary celebrations for that month.  So, things got a bit hectic around here, with us having just a few opportunities to get together after work and brainstorm/toss some ideas around.

Such brainstorming has also been related to hooded masks, which we closed orders for back in August. When winter falls, and the temperature drops (well…by Southern California standards anyway), its harder to achieve the finished quality of each latex coat/pouring.  So, some of those moments of brainstorming and breaking out our supplies have been geared towards this popular option.   We have been re-tooling our hood making process, identifying some better materials to use when creating and sizing them.  This should eliminate some of the problems and other issues that made the process take that much more time for us to complete each hooded order.

Once the holiday season is over and our outdoor workshop is more suitable, we will be opening back up for the more complex orders. However, while you wait, hop on over to our Wild-and-Free listings to see some of our ready-to-ship products.  For those in the US, there is still just a little more time to grab one of these and get it to its destination in time for Christmas morning.

The Jackal Rises from its Pyre

On a random day in July, Wildgasmasks found itself faced with a heavy reality when it came to our signature design. While fulfilling the last JG1 in a 3-jackal order, the impermanence of our creations was obvious. The mold had been used far longer than its expected life. With a heavy heart, we left those 6 broken pieces to rest.

….but that hiatus was never meant to be permanent. Stego and meddle (our newest addition to the jackal lab) had enough interest (not to mention interest from our customer base) to set upon a new-but-familiar path. Over a year later, the original jackal gasmask has been rebuilt, and with a few subtle changes.

  • The JG-1 has been corrected from a slight misalignment at the eyes.  It might not be noticeable to anyone else but us, but our new design has corrected the asymmetry.
  • The Face Seal is now an integral part of the mask, built in to the shell itself. Our JG1 mold required us to create the seal separately and attach it later. No longer!
  • The addition of lens clamps. Following the designs used in our HG1 and HG2 (horse) masks, jackal mask lenses are now clamped into place rather than being held by the rubber alone.
  • Improvements made to the mold, especially in regard to how it goes together. Sure, many of our customers wont see this but it is was definitely worth Stego and meddle’s efforts, now allowing for a faster turnaround time

I cant tell you how happy we are that this day has finally come– the day that sweat, tears, and frustration turns into joy and opportunity. meddlesome pony and Stego have birthed a new era of jackal gasmasks, and the day has come when we can open up for orders.

Currently, from viewing our queue page, we look a bit full while we take care of our normal workload.  In addition, we have been taking on a few orders from those “left behind” when our mold broke all that time ago. So, we want to start compiling a waiting list, creating the first big wave of JG 1.5s that will be released into the world.

While hooded mask orders are being accepted, they will be placed on a separate waiting list, due to the longer turnaround time and needing to space them out a bit. Placement on either of the two lists will be in chronological order and we will send out another email when we are ready to put you on the queue.  If that wait doesn’t bother you, please contact us, and we will get you started.

Queue and Inventory Update

Our Marbled Madness gasmask just recently sold,

It seems like the stampede of ponies will just never end. When I look at the available inventory in the lab, as well as the most recent sales here, it has been all equines all the time. Shop pony couldn’t be happier. In fact, shop pony is even more happy to hear that his creation “Marbled Madness” has sold. It was from a return customer at that and one of the quickest situations where a customer bought something from us and returned to us for a second time. Congratulations to …well… you know who you are.

Either way, we still have some inventory to sell off and many queue slots that are open, in addition to the Midnight Blue sparkle pony below.  Check out our page to get yourself in the queue today!

Midnight Blu Sparkle Mask - Design by Stego S. Aurus
Midnight Blue Sparkle Pony – $500USD

Midnight Blu Sparkle Mask - Design by Stego S. Aurus
Midnight Blue Sparkle Pony – $500USD

What Goes Down Must Come Up

I cant tell you how nice it is to have an update for you guys…let alone one that is the polar opposite of our last one. Over the past few months, having to lament the loss of productivity, we are happy to report that we’re back in full force (and then some!). This is thanks to our secret weapon — a third set of hands in the form of our shop pony. With pony’s help, we have been able to get back up to a consistent production speed and have begun taking care of people who have been waiting in the wings.

For those following our Twitter, you may have noticed more updates happening more often and more opportunities to look in our lab and see how we are doing. Our production still has its limits, mainly in the area of hooded orders. Sadly, its a matter of replacing certain pertinent tools to this process, and our search has resulted in a lot of dead ends. When we do find this specific tool (and at a price that our small shop can afford in these tough times), we can go full throttle and start taking on more orders for our encasement-happy friends.  This hurdle has also affected the potential of long-overdue-but-planned projects. In fact, a number of people have recently asked us about the brand new species designs. Much to our dismay (especially Kat’s), the aforementioned dearth of these specific building tools results in us having to put our bright ideas on the back burner.

With shop pony putting his ass to the grindstone and us optimizing our processes in what small ways we can, its only a matter of time before we will announce an opening of our queue. Soon, we will happily begin taking hooded orders, even if it is on a case-by-case basis. If this kind of mask style is your fancy, I thank you in advance for remaining patient and dropping us a line to let us know that you haven’t given up on us yet.