Best Family Photos

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How a Wax Figure is Made

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Celebrities and iconic people throughout history get the privilege to have a replica of themselves preserved in many wax museums across the globe. Madame Tussauds is the most popular museum franchise that preserves pop culture through the art of sculpture. The process of creating a wax sculpture is quite interesting and requires skill and technique that only few can do. The process of creating a signature Madame Tussauds’ wax figure is normally three months.

 

Step 1 – Celebrity Data Collection

The first step is referred to as “sitting”. The celebrities meet with the artists for almost two hours while they collect their measurements, proportions, skin tone, and specific facial features that make that celebrity iconic. This is when they also take reference photos and even take hair samples!

 

Step 2 – The Skeleton

This is the drafting phase of the celebrity. The start with basic armatures and a clay face and begin creating the foundation for the sculpture. Artists ensure that even the bone and muscle structure are anatomically correct to the original person. The head sculpture can take up to six weeks with around 150g of clay.

 

Step 3 – Moulding

This step of the process takes 170 hours to complete. The original design is molded into plaster and cast with fiberglass. This also allows for replicas of the original sculpture to be recreated. An entire, full figure can weigh around 25 kg.

 

Step 4 – Hair!

Each individual strand of hair is strategically placed by hand. Eyelashes, eyebrows, and even beards are all individual punched into the wax/ This step can take up to four weeks to finish. Once every piece of hair is placed, it is then cut and styled.

 

Step 5 – Skin Tone

Oil paints are used to build up layers to create as realistic skin as possible. Almost 20 different skin colors go into creating a lifelike skin. This is when tattoos, freckles, and moles are painted on.

 

Step 6 – Clothes/Eyes/Teeth

In terms of clothing, many celebrities donate their own clothing for authenticity. If not, designers research and create historically accurate replicas. In addition, custom eyes and teeth are created for the sculpture as well. Sometimes, replica teeth are molded directly from the celebrity. Overall, creating teeth and eyes can take up to about 30 hours.

 

Step 7 – Finishing Touches

Once everything is put into place, the sculpture is then moved to a photography studio to be documented and critiqued. Each figure is maintained every week to ensure that is preserved in the best shape as possible.

Beyer Family Christmas 2017

This winter in Pennsylvania was perfect for the ideal holiday. It was definitely a white Christmas. The family and I had some wonderful experiences from looking at some lights displays in Ambler, PA to going to church service to making snow angels. Below are some highlights of our fantastic holiday. I got spend time with family and enjoy another Christmas with my son.

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Mason de-snowing the car!
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Beyer Family around a lovely tree.
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Beyer Family Photo!
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Beyer family all in green!
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Outside our home
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Mason in the holiday spirit!
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Mason with the dog.
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A true light show!
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Holiday lights.

 

Decorating the house is always a fun family tradition that brings us all together. It was also a wonderful time taking some quality family photos. They turned out great!

Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

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One of the biggest films of the tear comes right before we enter 2018. Star Wars – The Last Jedi has created a ton of buzz with a lot of money. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $529 million in revenue. In addition to its enormous amount of revenue, the critics show the franchise some love with this film. Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 92% fresh out of 100%. Here are a few key takeaways from the film (without any spoilers) that will make you want to go see it this holiday season.

 

Critic’s Reaction

Critics are loving this installment of the Disney owned franchise because it pays respect to the series yet builds more upon it like never before. Many are saying that there are many unexpected turns that are giving fans something to talk about. A major reason why critics are giving well-rounded reviews is that it has the ability to entertain those who love the franchise and those who are unfamiliar with the previous films as well. They are also calling the film electric and is the perfect winter flick to see in theaters.

 

The Plot

This installment of the series picks up right where “The Force Awakens” dropped off two years ago. The actual plot itself is a bit tangled but from a broader view, you understand the adversity between the two groups. The performers within the film guide you through the subtle nuances that make the story so tangled. The director, Rian Johnson, stays true to the series’ rules and expectations while adding another layer to the story. The inherent good versus evil is still apparent while adding more to the story.

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times wrote, “ Even so, he [Rian Johnson] has to convince you that these searching, burgeoning heroes and villains fit together emotionally, not simply on a Lucasfilm whiteboard and that they have the requisite lightness and heaviness, the ineffable spirit and grandeur to reinvigorate a pop-cultural juggernaut.”

Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are stellar in their second LucasFilm movie. Mark Hamill also returns to help push the story forward as well.

If you are a diehard Star Wars fan, or you want a good film to see in theaters this holiday season, The Last Jedi is worth the watch.