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.
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…..
For 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Kats), 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.
I just wanted to post and let folks know that due to a MASSIVE increase of undertakings at my 9-5, my Maskmaking is going to slow down a bit for the duration of the Winter: The company I work for is restructuring, and all the needed data and changes required from me by the new management are mostly relying on the information and abilities that sadly only I fully have access to; Mind you its not that I wanted it to be that way, rather thats the way it ended Up. Job security is Truly a double-edged sword at times…
Fortunately, thanks to Meddle Pony (a helpful rubberpony who lives close to the Jackal Lab) having successfully learned the craft, we Are able to continue some maskmaking: Otherwise we would have come to an almost complete stop as my 9-5 saps all my energy and creativity.
We’ve got one fully-custom commission that we are working on, and we will continue working on Simple orders for the time: Unfortunately, Hooded masks are considered “Custom” items as they require a custom fitting to the purchasers head and thus they take quite a bit of time to do; These we will only be able to do on an “As we are able to” basis, which will show up on the Orders page at wildgasmasks.com.
We still have plans on the table for several new Mask designs, which we are hoping to undertake through the course of the year as my leftover time and sanity allows.
We Do want to pass our thanks to all those whom have enjoyed the use of our handmade creations: Each is completely unique and no two are ever alike. There is a Gallery of owner-submitted photos which shows our masks in action: Browse and enjoy