This Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface mask restoration project was actually a bit more of a conservation than a restoration. Our work was focused on repairs rather than rebuilding. The mask had been folded flat and over time the mask became very inflexible and brittle. Latex often does that, which is why having a proper form or support is so important for these types of movie props.
We reattached the pieces that had broken off, like the Leatherface mask’s left ear, which happened to be signed by our old friend, none other than Walking Dead producer and FX legend, Greg Nicotero! Nicotero’s KNB Effects studio created the mask and other props and effects for the movie. We then repaired several small and subtle cracks in the mask. Some very small rebuilding was required in the neck, as there was just a spot of missing latex. Once that area was patched and textured, we in-painted the repairs, leaving all original paint on the movie prop intact. Finally, we fit the mask to a a velvet flocked form to help hold its shape and angled the form back to keep the mask in place without added attachments and help minimize the effects of gravity in the future.
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