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!

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.

A Short Update This Time

Two months into the new year and we are quite the productive rubber elves here at Wildgasmasks.  Hoods are getting fitted, more latex goes into the mold, and , with that, more dreams are being brought closer to reality.

We are very happy to have gotten to the point where we can take on orders that require the full encasement.  Since opening up for hoods and working with the queue a bit, we have at least 3 hooded orders at any given time.

In addition, please check out the following “wild and free” masks which we have up for sale. These were brought to Further Confusion 2013.  The sparklepony (blue) was designed by Stego, the genius himself. Meanwhile, our shop pony Meddle got to experiment with a marbled effect for a mask paintjob.  While many people were admiring them, these 2 models did not sell, and were brought back with us. Please inquire should you be interested in the masks below. Each one is $500USD, not counting shipping fees.

Marbled Madness Mask - Design by Meddlesome Pony
Marbled Madness Mask – $500USD
Marbled Madness Mask - Design by Meddlesome Pony
Marbled Madness Mask – $500USD
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.