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Restoring the original Muftak costume from Star Wars

Discussion in 'Production Made Costumes and Props' started by TomSpinaDesigns, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. TomSpinaDesigns

    TomSpinaDesigns Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think everybody knows how much we love Star Wars here, and especially cantina aliens… to repair and conserve such a fun and iconic charter was a dream come true for all of us.

    Our dear friends Bob and Kathy Burns have owned this particular piece since it was gifted to them by Rick Baker, whose crew created the costume for use in Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope. Nearly 40 years later, and time had taken a toll on the creature suit.

    Our conservation took place over several weeks, and involved extensive repair of the inside of the costume, a custom body form to support it over time, and many days and hours of effort to clean and repair his hands, skin and fur.

    Some pics below, but we've posted a ton of pics as we've worked on this and others on our Facebook page, so you'll find a bunch of great shots there - https://www.facebook.com/TomSpinaDesigns

    And you'll also find a gallery on our site: http://www.tomspinadesigns.com/restoration-star-wars....conservation.html

    I hope you enjoy the images below… we were truly honored to work on this for our friends Bob and Kathy!

    Tom



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    Muftak arrived in desperate need of a little TLC


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    Maria carefully begins the conservation, cleaning the latex hands


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    Melissa begins repairs to the fur skin, stitching together numerous tears and separations


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    Melissa and Tom begin the fur cleaning process, carefully giving Muftak his first bath in 40 years



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    We shampooed Muftak one side at a time so we could measure the results. What a difference!


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    These before and after shots show what a difference a few weeks can make!


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    Muftak has become an honary member of the TSD crew!

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  2. SciFiMuseum

    SciFiMuseum Well-Known Member

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    Really cool Tom, thanks for sharing these. Great job, Bob and Kathy are going to love it!
     
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Another awesome save! :thumbsup
     
  4. Prefect42

    Prefect42 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Force is strong with this crews.

    Excellent work Tom. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Ted.
     
  5. TheRoadToPixar

    TheRoadToPixar Member

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    This is great to see. Most excellent job!
     
  6. belloq

    belloq Well-Known Member

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    Great job. Thanks for sharing the restoration.
     

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