New Plastic Masks Replace Sculpturing (May, 1935)
New Plastic Masks Replace Sculpturing
AS FAST as photography and almost as simple is a new process for making more accurate reproductions of head and bust than a sculptor can. Casts of heads can be made at low cost in 35 minutes.
A new type of plastic material, invented by Miss Harriet Meyer, is the secret of the process. This plastic substance, with which she covers the entire head of the subject, accurately reproduces every strand of hair and minute line. Yet the material does not stick to the subject. No oil is put on the face. The subject can assume any expression he may wish to have reproduced. The plastic material is applied with a brush and a brass cage pressed in place. The mask is then dried with an electric blower. After drying, the mask, still flexible, is removed. It is then used to produce the finished head in plaster of Paris or bronze.
It is claimed the plastic material does not cause discomfort to the subject and no tubes are necessary to permit the subject to breathe easily.