Year Isnt Over Yet, and Its Time to Get Busy!

Upon a warm August afternoon, the lab thrums with a bit of activity.  Stego slides the bucket of latex to the appropriate stations, shop pony is gracing us with her fancy tape measure and a smile. Meanwhile, I’m sitting here and taking in the state of our lab — namely that it is queue opening time. Summer was busy for Stego’s work and we got a few learning experiences under our belt.

With much to do, lets get to the good part…..”Just the facts (FAQs), ma’am” (“Dragnet” reference for ya).


How many new orders will you guys take?

We will be taking on a total of 6 orders for this queue opening, along with 1 slot for an upgrade or repair and an additional repair-only slot.  Between all of our available species (KG1s, HG1s, HG2s, JG1.5s, DG1s, and DG2s), it seems that the jackals (JG 1.5s) are the most popular. This means that for each opening of 2 slots, we will favor masks that aren’t a JG 1.5 when filling the second/last slot (of that opening).  This will allow us to space out use of each “pod”(mold) that we pour into.

Since each slot opening is for just two masks, we cannot accept double orders. As this is often asked about, we can say that no waiting list will be offered after all of our slots are filled.  We get too many requests about this, but we just cant do it within reason of our overall availability and schedule.

I know it is unlikely, but would you have any ready-made items to sell? I would like something for Halloween or [xyz] event.

Yes. We pushed extra hard before this queue opening.  So, we will have 2 ready-made items available when we open the queue up.  Please see our Wild-and-Free page which gives full detail.

What day will you open up for orders?

Friday, September 20th, with the first opening occurring at 7pm (19:00 hours) Pacific Standard Time. Available queue slots will not open up in one go.  Each of the openings listed below is meant to account for our customers in different parts of the world.

1st Opening (2 Slots + 1 Plain Standard JG 1.5 Ready to Go): Friday September 20th, 7:00PM PST (2:00 AM GMT)

2nd Opening (2 Slots + 1 Plain Standard JG 1.5 Ready to Go): 3:00AM Saturday (10:00 AM GMT)

3rd Opening (2 Slots): 10:00AM PST (5:00pm GMT)

If your jackal design requires a different color or a specific painted design, than your email for this queue opening will be considered for the 2 openings of this slot instead.

What do you mean by an “upgrade slot”?

An upgrade can be any of the following:

  • A color change (re-coating your mask with a different color)
  • Resurfacing your mask, which will refresh or renew the finish.
  • Upgrading a standard mask (with the 5-point head harness) into a hooded mask.

The quoted price for your upgrade will always include return shipping.

How long does a Wild Gasmask take to make?

Our normal turnaround is set for 8-10 weeks for all standard masks.  Our hooded items and hood upgrade can vary on production time, depending on how you submit measurements to us.  Once we have the measurements, that is when the clock starts. Hooded masks take 12-16 weeks.

Okay. I would like a Wild Gasmask.  How can I get started?

Keep locked on our Twitter where we will make an announcement for each set of openings. We will try to also pop out a status update about an hour before each opening. Once we tweet that we are open, submit the specifics of your commission through our contact form. Please do not try and email us directly, as we are concentrating only on what is submitted through the form.  For each slot opening, Kat will look at received time, and then prioritize by species. Once the slots for this time zone are filled, the original tweet will be rescinded and replaced with a closure notice.

 

Beginning the New Year With A Mix of Usual and Unusual

As always, when January comes its time prep for two things that we can always expect — a convention and taxes.  First, its time to head off to Further Confusion.  I tend to be the one at the controls for the weekend, so there is no better time to write some sort of update here. (I mean really… do you want to keep looking at last year’s convention post?)

Typically, we are home for the Holidays and aren’t involved in many plans. Still, we decided not to open the queue again after we officially cleared our list in early December.  (For those of you who probably feel the pang of more wait, we do apologize but we also appreciate your patience in us being so careful not to take on too much.) Stego had some… ideas and also wanted to work on improving effort on some stuff we used to do here at the jackal lab.  Our creation area/den had a steady stack of things were were touching back upon.

Low resolution photograph of a rubber mask creation. It has been cropped for providing a teaser image.

Low-res render of what’s to come for Further Confusion 2019

In the end, it will make for a bit of a change for this weekend.  Although Stego and meddle wont be going up to the Bay completely rubber-less, there is nothing that is going to be entered into Further Confusion’s art show. We just didn’t have anything to put in this time. However, they will be in attendance of a panel on Saturday.  Also, starting Friday night, keep your eyes out for one of Stego’s ideas that is gonna be out on the loose Friday night! o.O

Once Stego and shop pony return from the convention, we will work towards the other less-fun part that comes with managing our part time business. While that is going on, we will begin to take on new orders, but we will try and open up ASAP.  Sadly, it just doesn’t work for our demand to open one slot at a time, so we want to make sure we can open up for at least three, if not the usual 9 we opened up for around springtime of last year.

Looking forward to a productive year and maybe even a few more unexpected squeaky-based scenarios…

 

Joining the Menagerie – FC2018

With a hectic 2017 in the distant past, its time to look towards the next year. No shortage of fun events related to gear, masks or costuming in general. For Stego, it has been quite a while since he has attended a convention, since 2017 did compel us to slow down and deal with any of the unpleasant challenges.

Stego will enjoy meeting with fellow scalies and fuzzies hanging out at Further Confusion 2018. Despite all the orders we are finishing up, he managed to finish a jackal just in time for the art show. It will come with some extra hookups for this year’s art show, which might appeal to those who like to add on gear.  Our mask offering is located in the FC 2018 Art Show, Table A4

Our JG 1.5 wont be alone on the table, as our table area will also offer some designs from Scaleworx. Taku Dragon has been working hard in the lab, perfecting his craft and has come up with some items special for the art show.  Squeaky sergals and rabbits can rejoice, knowing that there is a gasmask design just for them.


While enjoying ‘labcon’ on a weekend of my own, I am going to be working on more gallery updates. Been slowly working on some cleanup with the website galleries. Hope you have enjoyed what has been shared thus far, but we may tweet more in real time as the art show continues.

Once our dino has returned we will be working through the rest of the month on end-of-year stuff alongside finishing up our current orders. Wild Gasmasks will soon be changing gears and no shortage on things to begin this year with.

The Dragon Age

Sadly, taxes took a bit longer this year and we were having a hard time fitting mask work into our schedules. We have transitioned out of that in the last week or so. Progression will still be a bit slow now that our ledger has essentially been taken back to zero. We are restocking our supply and accessory shelves, and getting back into a rhythm.

We do admit that this site has been neglected, so it is nice to have an update here. In fact,  we can now tell you about some trials (experiments) which we have been keeping quiet about until now…..

Taku Dragon at Further Confusion 2016For those of you who went to Further Confusion, you may have seen this character walking around in the evening.  Taku Dragon, a Bay Area costume creator, was one of our first guinea pigs….err dragon, for what is now known as our DG1 and DG2 masks.  Over the holidays, while we prepared for convention and taxes, Stego put this mask together.  Although Taku makes his own rubber costumes and fursuits, the DG2 mask seen in this photo became a welcome alternative head/mask for his character.


While we are still working on handling our waiting lists (backlog), we have started a list for people interested in our new(ish) fantasy creature.  DG1 and DG2 masks are based off of the molds that we create our HG1 and HG2 masks from. So, this does mean that people ordering a dragon will be queued in line with any horse orders that are in the queue at that same time.

We are still only taking on as many orders as we can reasonably do with our team’s current work (employment) schedule and around our Spring Season. Id say we are about 65% through our backlog from 2015 so we are getting close to a time when we can start working with new orders. With these site revisions, this is your chance to review the product of your choice, and maybe bring out your inner dragon.

 

Tax Blackout for WGM

Back from Further Confusion and now reality sets in — tax season.

While not a full time business, Wildgasmasks still operates as a legitimate business.  Part of running such a company means the time has come for Uncle Sam and the state of California to collect taxes.  So, for the next 2 weeks there will be no progress on orders, while we ensure we meet deadline and are compliant with all state and federal tax policies. Stego has been working long hours at his job but, when he gets home, he wont get to jackal.  He will have to focus on taxes.


This might be unfortunate for all of you guys who are in our backlog or have been trying to get on our queue for this winter season.  It is my hope you can wait just a bit longer…While you wait out the Tax Blackout, here is a gloved and leatherclad jackal…

Further Confusion 2016: We Are In The Art Show

Stego departed from the mountain yesterday afternoon, ready for some furry fun. First trip of the new year, and the boys have worked hard enough to enjoy some fun for the convention weekend.  Stego arrived last night but rose early this morning (early for a convention anyway) and has gotten our items placed on the convention floor.  So, if you are looking to pick up something nice and squeaky, here is our inventory of items for this year’s art show…

 

  • JG-1 This item has soldWild Mask KG1 - Quarter View
  • Special Item : Wild Mask
    A feline that allows you to breathe (and drink) easy. Wildgasmask products are usually designed around enclosure of some kind, but we never run out of alternative suggestions that might veer us away from the status quo. We created a hybrid of something that encases but that is less restrictive than our typical hoods. The hood was used to our advantage to keep the chin covered up from those who may be standing nearby. The area of exposed skin is minimal, leaving an opening just large enough to accommodate a straw and give the wearer a clearer breathing passage.  You can consider this a ‘wild mask’ (vs a ‘wild gasmask’). The internal components were not added to this mask,  but upon purchase, this mask will come with a set of our standard smoke lenses.

    Front View        Side View        Back View

    Measurements ( Please see
    this chart ):
    1. 23 inches/ 58.4cm     2. 27inches/ 68.6cm      3. 16.5inches/ 41.9cm     4. 26inches/ 66cm     5.17inches/ 43.2cm       6. 3inches/ 7.6cm          7. 3.5inches/ 8.9cm         8. 2.5inches/ 6.4cm

  • HG-1 : Pink and White Breyerhorse Design (comes with all internal components, a pair of black lenses and a carry strap)
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Stego will be around the convention til Sunday.  If you own one of our masks and have any light repair needs, we can help you. Please contact us through our Twitter account or through Stego’s public account@stego_s_aurus_p.  we have brought a compact collection of tools with us.  This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.

We look forward to seeing some of you again this year….

Sending 2015 Packing, Here’s Whats Next

The holiday months are always a slower time for us, as we spend time with family and our schedules change. With the slower workload in winter months, we often find it perfectly aligned with making changes for the next year.  Things were slightly different this time, but we still find ourselves working on some projects that have us revisiting some ideas.

We also have Further Confusion coming up. With our progress, we have a couple (if not a few) pieces for sale at Further Confusion’s Art Show. Expect us to post (or tweet) more detail as time draws closer.

Pink and White Breyer Horse - Front View

Speaking of custom paint designs, there is a slight change towards how we deal with masks that have a custom paint design. After a few bumps in the road regarding custom painted orders this year, we realize the commitment that such a task entails. As such, custom paint designs will require a non-refundable deposit.

With this new year, people often think of significant change.  To Kat, there is no better time like the present to improve on yourself and create something new or forge a new path from your passions.  There are things all of us here in the lab can think of which we would like to bring forth but we always take these things one day at a time.  Instead, we are lead to appreciate all the experiences that our masks have become a part of.  With the last site updates of 2015 complete, check out the last year of Wildgasmask fun (Go to our full customer gallery to see more.)

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Holidaze … “Gone Fishin”

As usual, the craziness is building in November with birthdays and other things. We know many of you are impatient and some have contacted us month after month trying to get on the queue.  Some of our slowdown was from meddle having to take time from the jackal lab and from full-time jobs leaving us with fewer hours each day. However, around this time, we do take time out for the holidays. This year, we will be doing something different… by taking a trip to New York City

It will be a week of no computers and visiting with family and friends .We might be able to check mail while there. In case we cannot, know that we might be delayed a week on responses.

No doubt that we will be missing the jackal lab something fierce by the time we get back.  The queue is looking quite empty for now, with us filling it back up once we can take the last of our backlog. I think we might finish that just as the New Year begins.

…See you guys in a week…