Joining the Menagerie – FC2018

With a hectic 2017 in the distant past, its time to look towards the next year. No shortage of fun events related to gear, masks or costuming in general. For Stego, it has been quite a while since he has attended a convention, since 2017 did compel us to slow down and deal with any of the unpleasant challenges.

Stego will enjoy meeting with fellow scalies and fuzzies hanging out at Further Confusion 2018. Despite all the orders we are finishing up, he managed to finish a jackal just in time for the art show. It will come with some extra hookups for this year’s art show, which might appeal to those who like to add on gear.  Our mask offering is located in the FC 2018 Art Show, Table A4

Our JG 1.5 wont be alone on the table, as our table area will also offer some designs from Scaleworx. Taku Dragon has been working hard in the lab, perfecting his craft and has come up with some items special for the art show.  Squeaky sergals and rabbits can rejoice, knowing that there is a gasmask design just for them.


While enjoying ‘labcon’ on a weekend of my own, I am going to be working on more gallery updates. Been slowly working on some cleanup with the website galleries. Hope you have enjoyed what has been shared thus far, but we may tweet more in real time as the art show continues.

Once our dino has returned we will be working through the rest of the month on end-of-year stuff alongside finishing up our current orders. Wild Gasmasks will soon be changing gears and no shortage on things to begin this year with.

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.

 

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