had his orthodontist cast both his
upper and lower teeth, and then sent those diagnostic
casts to a prosthetic teeth manufacturer in Georgia.
It was important that the dentures retain the crude
look of Chaney's originals. Plus, they could have no
colors outside of the grayscale, so the teeth were
cast in a light gray, with darker gray shading between
each individual tooth.
teeth are fitted into place.
For temporary fit they'll just snap on, but for more
permanant situations they can be adhered on with
building a character it's always best to
do a test make-up to start. Though the finished
product will be more sophisticated, including
prosthetic pieces, contact lenses and elaborate
costuming, the quick fix methods shown here are
sufficient for a test make-up scenario. Firstly, the
buggy-eyed effect is achieved here by placing small
strips of medical tape on the lower eyelids and
pulling them down. The other half of the tape strip is
attached to the cheek.
test various shades of gray, white and
black cream make-up is mixed together until a desired
shade is achieved.
an entire make-up base won't be
applied for this test, shading around the eyes is done
to ascertain the ability of the make-up to camouflage
the medical tape used to hold the bottoms of the
are darkened and eyebags are drawn
in with the help of a black eye pencil.
lips are accentuated with the gray make-up.
the finished top hat will be an actual
beaver hat, and the hair will be a specially dyed wig,
this old hat and Wally's own hair give you a
suggestion of what the finished character will look like.
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construction of a special dental appliance
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