Babylon 5 Alien Mask Restoration and Custom Display

Restoration and a custom display for a latex Babylon 5 alien mask

This original TV prop latex Babylon 5 alien mask from the Season 4 episode “Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi” arrived to our studio in need of careful restoration. Over time a lack of support can be very damaging to rubber and latex, so in addition to the patching and repairing, we created a custom shaped insert to help the mask keep its shape over time and help minimize the effects of gravity. 

We started by repairing any of the missing or damaged areas, adding additional fabric patches on the inside. Not only can this improve the look of the piece, but it can provide additional stability to the fragile material. Once the areas are all patched we “in paint” those patches so they blend seamlessly with the rest of the mask.

Unlike a standard head form or mannequin head, we needed to make sure that our insert would fit this large alien mask perfectly without causing undue stress or stretching. Using a generic face for the insert does not give us the same ability to really support the piece (especially extended areas like the nose or chin or the bulbous back of the alien’s head). 

Working in soft foam, archival batting and fabric, we created a completely customized head form that could be inserted in several pieces so as not to overly stress the neck of the foam latex alien mask. In addition to supporting the face and head, we also created a form to fit beneath the “bib” of the mask, which is an often overlooked area. The weight of this bib could’ve caused damage over time, as its weight would’ve added stress to the latex above.

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