Facts About Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Figures

Posted: September 29, 2016

Have you been to the one of the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museums? These museums are located all over the world, and they feature lifelike wax sculptures of celebrities and public figures.

The History Of Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussaud was a real person born in the 1700s in France. She worked as a housekeeper for a doctor who made wax models to illustrate anatomy, which is who she learned the art of creating wax figures from.

She started creating wax models of famous figures and gained popularity. By the 1800s, she had a collection of wax figures she featured in an exhibition in London. From there, the collection grew in popularity. Today there are 23 Madame Tussauds worldwide.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

About Wax Figures

Before the wax figures are created, the model has more than 250 measurements taken to ensure the wax figure will look realistic. It can take up to 2,400 pounds of wax to create a wax figure, depending on the size of the model. The wax figures are made two percent larger than the real person because wax shrinks during the creation process.

The wax is poured into a mold for the model to start creating the wax figure. Many intricate, handcarved details are added, along with makeup and hair to bring it to life.

Most wax figures are made from paraffin wax, but some parts of the figures are made from beeswax.

If you are interested in creating your own wax figures, consider purchasing our sculpting wax. It’s the perfect consistency for beginner and advanced sculptors!

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