The prop: before & after restoration. Recreating the missing eye to match the original, aged eye was a challenge

This movie prop was initially cracked, dry & fragile. Steps were taken to both repair & strengthen the piece.

"The Engineer" from Hellraiser.  Large foam latex movie prop puppet restored by artists Tom Spina and Mike Thomas

BEFORE: An original Sir Didymus puppet from Labyrinth, movie prop sent to us for restoration.

AFTER restoration: Lip and eyelids were rebuilt and the teeth, snout and nose repaired.

Care was taken to keep the piece as original as possible and make all repairs visually consistent with the age of the piece

A Lord of the Rings, Return of the King Orc mask, prior to our work. It had been torn during removal from the actor.

The back splits were patched internally, several smaller cracks repaired and the ears reattached and blended. 

With some light paint touch up, original teeth and our Deluxe Display Stand (available in the SHOP) this piece shines!

Movie Prop Restoration - Misc Film and TV

SERVICES


Our New York studio has restored a variety of

pieces from many films!



The Star Wars Films


Gremlins and Gremlins 2


An American Werewolf

In London


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Dark Crystal


Ghostbusters


Labyrinth


Hellraiser


Army of Darkness


Critters


Lord of the Rings


Troy


Short Circuit 2


Dr. Who


Soulkeeper


Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Jumanji


Dune

Spawn


Restoring and preserving screen used original television and movie props as well as foam latex masks and costumes is a painstaking process.


Our approach emphasizes maintaining the integrity of the original and wherever possible preserving the original "feel" of the piece and evidence of age and use in a production.


The goal is not a result that looks "brand new" (the way a replica might look) but to gently bring a piece of history back to life... to make it look "great for its age." 

We have years of experience in the field of restoration and stabilization of movie props and masks, specializing in foam latex restoration such as screen used pieces that have deteriorated with the passing of time.


Each restoration has its own challenges, so please contact us to discuss potential projects or inquire about  availability for on-site work.


We constantly research new techniques and materials in order to enhance the archival qualities of the work we do.


We strive to only use materials that are safe for the long term.


Wherever possible, our solutions are flexible, non-tacky when dry, non-yellowing and acid-free.


We can also create a range of finishes - from high gloss to completely flat/matte or anywhere in between!  Whatever the client prefers, we can achieve.


We take a great deal of time to discuss these projects

with our clients. 


Based on the their desires and the specific condition of the original, we arrive at the proper techniques and style of restoration that is right for each particular piece of film history which we work to preserve.



Many collectors won't trust

their cherished and valuable film props to anyone else!

Only the repaired areas were repainted, leaving as much of the original paint work intact as possible.

We worked very hard to maintain the "feel" of the original sculpt and paint by the extremely talented Chiodo Brothers.

An original prop Critter puppet from the 1986 film Critters, seen before and after our restoration work

With the client's input, we designed a custom acrylic base & plaque to beautifully display this original movie prop.

Film wardrobe from Dune. Initially crumpled & stuck to itself, great care was taken in mounting it to a customized form

Missing bits were rebuilt & each quilted panel was emptied of deteriorated foam, filled with a more stable material & reglued.

"Evil Ash" foam latex mask used in the film Army of Darkness. Half of the face was severely damaged & caved in.

In addition to repairing the deteriorated face, the client also asked us to create custom eyes to complete the piece.

Rebuilding was a challenge as the piece was extremely inflexible & permanently stuck on a styrofoam head.

BEFORE: Screen-used "Barbie" mask from Hellraiser III. Condition was very brittle and large sections had crumbled.

AFTER restoration: Large areas were rebuilt and the mask was permanently mounted to a foam head and sealed.

As always, care was taken not to make the repairs "too new" so that they'd blend in with this vintage prop

Painting of the restored areas was carefully matched to the existing colors and pearlescent look of the original work.

AFTER restoration: Face was rebuilt and many details had to be sculpted from scratch. Much of the neck is fresh material.

BEFORE: Landstrider from The Dark Crystal.  Condition was very poor & fragile. Large sections missing or crumbling.

Foam latex Maniac Cop 3 mask, before & after restoration & the addition of a custom eye insert to enhance the final display

A "Scarran" foam latex mask from the Farscape TV Movie. Several areas were gouged & the mohawk had torn loose

The client requested a custom head form &glass eye insert to help display  his mask on a mannequin w/the original wardrobe

A screen used "Deadite" prop mask from the film Army of Darkness before & after restoration of the face and "bib"

The restoration of the face: areas of exposed orange foam were rebuilt, paint matched & missing teeth recreated

BEFORE &  AFTER rare latex head casting from Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein. Brought in for repair, finish & display

The client requested a finished piece. Thin spots & holes were repaired & the piece was painted & haired in a "vintage" style.

Be sure to see our FULL GALLERIES of Star Wars, Gremlins and American Werewolf restorations on the Movie Prop Restoration link in the top navigation bar!

Hellraiser Engineer Movie Prop Mask Conservation
Hellraiser Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Hellraiser Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Lord of the Rings Movie Prop Orc Mask Restoration
Lord of the Rings Movie Prop Orc Mask Restoration
Lord of the Rings Movie Prop Orc Mask Restoration and Conservation
Labyrinth Sir Didymus Foam Puppet Restoration
Labyrinth Sir Didymus Foam Puppet Restoration
Labyrinth Sir Didymus Foam Puppet Restoration
Critters Foam Movie Prop Restoration
Critters Foam Movie Prop Restoration
Critters Foam Movie Prop Restoration
Critters Foam Movie Prop Restoration Display
Dune Stillsuit Restoration Display
Dune Stillsuit Restoration Display before
Evil Ash Army of Darkness Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Evil Ash Army of Darkness Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Evil Ash Army of Darkness Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Hellraiser Barbie Movie Mask Restoration
Hellraiser Barbie Movie Mask Restoration
Hellraiser Barbie Movie Mask Restoration
Dark Crystal Landstrider Movie Prop Restoration
Dark Crystal Landstrider Movie Prop Restoration
Dark Crystal Landstrider Movie Prop Restoration
Maniac Cop Foam Latex Movie Prop Mask Restoration
Farscape Scarran TV prop mask restoration
Farscape Scarran TV prop mask restoration
Movie Prop Restoration galleries
Army of Darkness Foam Latex Movie Prop Mask Deadite Restoration
Foam Mask Restoration - Army of Darkness Deadite
Glenn Strange Frankenstein Headpiece
Glenn Strange Frankenstein Headpiece
Spawn movie prop mask restoration and display

Mike Thomas' repair of this original movie mask from the film, Spawn.  At the client's request, custom glass eyes were added to complete the display.

Candyman's iconic hook from Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh - gently restored and displayed with a themed base to help visually connect it with the film.

Candyman Tony Todd hook movie prop restoration and display
Movie prop restoration of animatronic cat puppet from Dr. Who
Movie prop restoration of animatronic cat puppet from Dr. Who

An original animatronic cat puppet from Dr. Who - in poor condition on arrival and shown to the right after Mike Thomas restored the piece!

A closer look at the puppet and the process.  It's a more drastic restoration than some of our other work, but made the client quite happy!

Leatherface Mask Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie prop restoration
Leatherface Mask Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie prop restoration

An original "Leatherface" mask from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, shown before and during our conservation and repair work

Once folded flat and very inflexible, the mask is now restored to its proper shape and displayed on a velvet flocked form

Click any of the below for larger images

Lifesized Lion Statue Movie Prop Repair
Lifesized Lion Statue Movie Prop Repair
Lifesized Lion Statue Movie Prop Repair and conservation

A giant, full scale (big!) lion movie costume from the film Jumanji, which we recently refurbished for a private movie prop collector.

Some of the details we addressed, including the creation of several claws carefully sculpted and painted to match the original, screen used ones.

A before and after look at our work restoring the fragile foam latex of the lion's face and mouth.  Our client was thrilled with the work!

Short Circuit Number 5 toy robot movie prop repair

A before and after look at a scaled Johnny 5 movie prop from Short Circuit 2, which we carefully repaired for a client

Movie prop shield restoration and paint refurbishment
Foam-filling of vintage movie mask, Don Post Glenn Strange for Bob Burns

A vintage Don Post Frankenstein mask, a cherished memento of Bob Burns, had become malformed and rigid. We reshaped the mask and foam filled it for stability

An original movie prop shield from the film, Troy, damaged in storage post-production.  We carefully spot-painted the damaged area to blend away the bare spot.

Conservation of an animatronic movie costume head by KNB Effects
Conservation of an animatronic movie costume head by KNB Effects
Display of an Animatronic movie costume head by KNB Effects

Another foam latex movie prop restoration, an incredible demon head from Soulkeeper (2001).  The very large head had sustained post production damage.

Patrick Louie carefully patched and spot-painted damage to blend with the original paint.  Missing horns were recreated by casting existing horns for a perfect match

In addition to our restoration of the movie prop, we created a welded wall mount with a decorative faux stone plaque to give the ultimate display a suitably gothic look

Dr. Who Screen Used Prop Monster Mask Preservation
Dr. Who Screen Used Prop Monster Mask Bust

Our preservation form improved the "posture" of the mask and better supports it to help minimize gravity's effects and aid long term preservation.

An original prop Silurian mask from classic Dr. Who.  The latex mask received careful cleaning and seamless repair, performed by the talented Mike Thomas

fiberglass movie prop restoration
fiberglass movie prop restoration and hair work

We repaired shipping damage on this life-sized body of Justin Long, used in the climax of Jeepers Creepers

We also created a "hanging" display for the piece, and added hand-laid hair to complete the head.

Don't miss our other


RESTORATION GALLERIES


featuring many more

pics and projects!

Spawn 1997 Comic Movie Prop

We've restored the original Violator head prop from Spawn.

Click for GALLERY of pics!