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Unread 05-29-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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This is a sewing and prop question...i guess

is there a safe way to sew my mouth shut (for Loki cosplay) like this;
* https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/im...FXVWvMUwOI0jlw
* https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/im...MCOWLvTQ_eoBSQ
* https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/im...ljMDyN0cT3J7Iw

thank you in advanced! ;*
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Unread 05-30-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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NO! the only way to do this is to either use a prosthetic which if you have no experience doing i wouldnt do. the only thing i can think of is to use spirit gum to attach the thread to ur skin n using makeup to make it somewhat look like it is going it, but dont do full stitches, just make it seem mayb? you wont be able to talk if you do full stitches
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Unread 05-30-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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I would use make up and NOT seal your mouth shut. You really have no idea how much you talk, eat and drink during the day til you can't. Wandering around a con all day without speaking? ugh. without a single sip of water? foolish.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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So yeah, you can make a prosthetic that gives the appearance of the mouth sewn shut. It isn't super hard. You build up layers of liquid latex on a sheet of glass, and then, once thick enough, powder it heavily so it doesn't stick to itself, and loosely sew it shut with a leather-needle and upholstery thread.

If using platsil gel-10 silicone, you can just apply the tinted silicone directly to the face with a popsicle stick, and once cured and any finishing coloring touches are applied, remove the appliances (for safety), stitch them together and reapply with a thin layer of more silicone.

But as said, this isn't a very con friendly technique. You can improve things by making the stitching loose enough to be able to talk, or making the stitching improperly so that it can easily be completely loosed and pushed to the corners of the mouth when needed, and then tightened again later. But for that, you'll need a good length of slack on the end, or you'd have to resew it every time. This would probably only work for the silicone, as the latex would present more friction on the thread.

You can peel either prosthetic off without much difficulty, and reapply it; but every time you do, particularly with latex, it will get a little crummier looking.


I'm not being serious here, but you could get someone skilled at body-modification to actually sew your lips shut. It'd hurt like mad, and you'd run a serious risk of infection, but yeah...one removed, the holes would close up...eventually. Seriously...this is obviously stupid, don't do this.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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But as said, this isn't a very con friendly technique. You can improve things by making the stitching loose enough to be able to talk, or making the stitching improperly so that it can easily be completely loosed and pushed to the corners of the mouth when needed, and then tightened again later. But for that, you'll need a good length of slack on the end, or you'd have to resew it every time. This would probably only work for the silicone, as the latex would present more friction on the thread.
y not a low resistance elastic that looks like thread? (low resistance as in it stretches easily)

or make a mask, like a bellaclava(spelling?) or something that covers your mouth and blend your face with makeup to match it.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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Why not try this?

Use rigid collodium (pulls the skin and makes a ditch in it like a healed scar) where the strings would be, just outside the edge of the lips, so that it loos like they are being pressed in by threads. Then, either tack on strips of string with spirit gum in the grooves OR draw them in with an eyeliner. Then, for pics just roll your lips in whenever you take pictures. This way, no harm to yourself, you can talk, drink and eat freely and just assume the facial pose whenever you're taking photos or being in-character.
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