Teacher’ Sheet with Key
WAX MUSEUM – THE MAKING OF BEYONCÉ
In pairs, answer the questions:
1. What is a Wax Museum?
2. Have you ever visited one? Which one?
3. Why do you think there are many Wax Museums all over the world?
WHILE - VIEWING A
Watch the video and number the steps taken to make Beyoncé’s model:
( ) Molding
( ) Hair insertion
( ) Figure dressing and accessorization
( ) Pouring wax in the mould
( ) Measurement
( ) Metal armature building
( ) Eye choice
( ) Assembling the body parts
( ) Sitting
( ) Make-up tone choice
( ) Make up, eyelash and eyebrow addition
( ) Hair selection
WHILE - VIEWING B
Watch the video segment again and check your markings for the previous
( 7 ) Molding
( 9 ) Hair insertion
( 12 ) Figure dressing and accessorization
( 8 ) Pouring wax in the mould
( 2 ) Measurement
( 6 ) Metal armature building
( 3 ) Eye choice
( 11 ) Assembling the body parts
( 1 ) Sitting
( 4 ) Make-up tone choice
( 10 ) Make up, eyelash and eyebrow addition
( 5 ) Hair selection
POST- VIEWING A
In groups of four, retell the process of waxing a figure. Use sequence words:
First, Next, Then, After that, Finally.
POST - VIEWING B
Individually, choose a person you want to immortalize and write a paragraph
saying who the person is and why you chose him/her.
Hello. I’m Beyoncé. Welcome to my behind the scenes guide to making of my
wax figure. When the guys at Madame Tussauds asked me if I’d like to be
immortalized in wax, I was very excited. And when I heard they wanted to make
four of me, well you can just imagine my surprise. Now, you find me at Madame
Tussauds in New York, London, Amsterdam as well as here in Las Vegas. So,
how do they do it? Well, first we have to do a sitting. A team of sculptors flew
over from Tussauds’ studios in London to North Carolina to meet up with me on
the “Ladies First Tour”. We got the pose sorted out pretty quickly and then it
was time to be measured. The sculptors worked fast. I could tell they had done
this zillions of times before. They used calibers to make most of my
measurements like the distance from the tip of my chin to the top of my cheek
bone and from the base of my neck to my tragus. That’s the place next to my
ear, by the way.
All in all, they took about 200 measurements and each one was marked into a
special chart. Next, came the fun bit. Steve brought up a box of eyes, so we
could choose the closest color that matched mine. The eyes from my figures
would all be especially handmade matching the color of the whites and the iris
perfectly. My makeup artist was there to consult over the exact makeup tone for
my figures. And Vicky and Steve took samples away, so the coloring artists
back in the studios would be able to create the perfect match. Finally, the hair.
Vicky brought along a selection of various color samples for us to use all the
different tones that would be blended together for my wax figures. And back in
London, the sculpturers got to work. First, they built a metal armature like a
skeleton to support the weight of the clay. The head has to be detachable from
the body so they can both be worked at the same time. So, while Jim sculpted
my head, Jimmy worked on my body, thanks guys. You did a great job.
Next, it was time for me to be molded. A special plastic mold is made of the clay
head. It’s made in thirteen pieces so it can be removed from the clay and put
back together again like a jigsaw puzzle. This time without the clay head inside.
Then the melted wax is poured in and left to sit, and the result is a hollow wax
cast of my head. The body is casted in fiber glass, so it’s really durable. Next
thing that happens is the eyes and teeth are fitted and then it’s all for hair
insertion. You know these guys insert all the hairs one by one to the wax
heads? Wow! Now that’s patience. Then, they cut and style the hair, so it looks
perfect. And then, every girl’s favorite part. It’s time for makeup. The coloring
artist uses special oil base paint to build up the color and add all the details, not
forgetting adding the eyelashes and inserting the eyebrows. Once the fiber
glass body has been colored, it’s time to put all the parts together and dress
and accessorize the figure. This dress is straight out of my “Crazy in Love” and
the replicas were made especially for my wax figures by my own designer. So
there you have it, the whole process from start to finish. It took about three
I hope you enjoyed watching this behind the scenes guide to the making of my
Madame Tussauds wax figures.