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Will Hoosier Effects Labs masks and props actually look like the website photos?

While many manufacturers sculpt here in the States, the process of casting and painting is usually handled elsewhere — meaning the other side of the world. There the products are like fast food, with emphasis on cranking them out, regardless of quality or appearance.

Hoosier Effects Lab produces our masks and props here in our American studio, and we inspect each piece for thick castings without bubbles or defects. They are each painted by me, Doug Goins, and I can vouch for the quality of each and every piece.

I want to purchase a mask to use for a prop. Can I get it without eye slits and breathing holes?

Sure! Just specify "No holes" in the special instructions at checkout. You will have to fill the mask yourself with foam or some other support material, such as a wig rest.

Are Hoosier Effects Labs masks and props available elsewhere?
There are retailers that sell masks I have created. The masks and props found on this website are exclusively available from me. It is my intention to sell high-quality masks at an affordable price without middleman markup.

What is the best way to store a Hoosier Effects Lab mask or prop?
To prevent yellowing, keep your masks away from UV light (sunlight or fluorescent bulbs). Keep them in their natural shape. You can use a wig head form. If your mask becomes misshapen. you can use the heat of a blow dryer to reshape it. It helps to keep them in plastic bags if they will not be used or on display for long periods of time.

How do I care for hair on masks or props?
The hair on Hoosier Effects Lab masks are put on with latex except for the hairline area. You will have some hair loss because some of the hair was loose (it didn't come loose, it wasn't actually glued on in the first place). Save any hair that comes loose, as it comes in handy for repairs. If you brush your masks, do not brush the hairline area because the glue used in that area is not as strong. If you need to repair the hairline, you can glue the hair on with rubber cement or contact cement.

How do I clean my Hoosier Effects Lab mask or props?
You may use a mild detergent or Armor All Cleaner (not Armor All Protectant) applied with a soft sponge or brush. Rinse off all cleaner. If the gloss that covers the eyes crack, it is very easy to replace. Carefully crack the remaining gloss off, the apply a small amount of Devcon brand 5 minute epoxy with a small brush.

How do I custom fit my Hoosier Effects Lab mask?
If your mask is a little too large to see well, you can crazy-glue a piece of sponge or foam rubber in the top, back, or both, so that your eyes match up with the vision slits better. If you would like to enlarge the vision slits, try the mask on to see which side the slits need to be bigger. Remove the mask and trim the holes slightly bigger with scissors or an xacto knife. NEVER trim a mask while wearing it. If your mask is too tight, you can make the slit in the back of the mask bigger. Extra baby powder on the inside will make the mask go on easier.

The eyes on my Hoosier Effects Lab mask have cracked. How do I repair them?
The eyes on our masks are covered in a coating of DevCon 5 Minute Epoxy. You can remove the old gloss, and regales them with a small amount of this 5 min. epoxy and an inexpensive art brush. The brush will be destroyed in the process.

How did you start Hoosier Effects Lab?
See the About Us section on me, Doug Goins.

Who is the assistant?
Her name is Eva Von Marshall. She just showed up at our doorstep one day in the pouring rain looking for a job. We took her in and it's worked out great since then.

Can I call Eva for a date?
Unfortunately no. As you may have read in my journal, we have yet to have phone lines put in the lab.

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