Believe It or Not!
Bernard Hopkins, who at the age of 46, is the oldest man in history to win the World Light Heavy Weight Championship title, came to visit us at Ripley’s headquarters to get a full body casting.
How Does Body Casting Work?
It is a long and physically demanding process and generally is done in a 2-day session (8hrs each day+ or -). Detailed photos are taken of the model to reference later during the sculpting period.
The casting process begins by adding a think layer of a special silicone to the area of the model that is to be cast. The head is usually one of the first things to be done as it is the most uncomfortable part of the entire process. Once the silicone has set enough, then actual cast strips are added on top of the silicone and allowed to quickly dry. Then entire thing is then removed from the model’s body.
The Rest of the Process
The same process is then repeated for the rest of the body. Usually the torso and arms are done together, and finally the hips, legs and feet. By the time the body casting is completed, the artists inside Ripley’s F/X department have exact duplicates of the model that will later be used as the blueprints for the clay modeling and wax figure making process. The silicone molds from the original body cast session are precise down to the pores in the skin, whiskers, wrinkles, and any other feature of the model. They are truly unbelievable!