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Unread 01-17-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Aayla Secura Brain Tails

So I was going to go to the Star Wars Episode I 3D movie as Aayla Secura. Well, I was wondering how you make her "Brain Tails" (The tendrils from her head). I have no idea how to make them and I want them to look realistic. If any of you have any cheap, but good ideas I'd love to hear them!

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Unread 01-17-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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I looked around on Google and found this.
The way she made them came out nice. I haven't tried making them yet.
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Unread 01-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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I don't know if this would work, but here's my idea:
Take some pantyhose and fill it with fiberfill. shape it into the right "tail" pattern.
Cover that with the model maker liquid latex, or pure latex if you want.
After that, it should be really flesh-like. You'll want to coat it in baby powder so it doesn't stick to itself, and maybe paint it?

Again, I have no idea if it'd work, but I think it will, as long as the liquid latex will coat the pantyhose fine.
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Unread 01-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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They're called "lekku." You might have better luck if you Google them by their proper names. Google is finicky like that.

The link Sammie posted is good, but they don't really come out looking super realistic. They move nicely, but since they're made of fabric, you're never going to get them to look like flesh.

If you really want to go all out, here's how one chick made hers. It's not really a tutorial... more of a "how I did this plus some pictures," but if you're crafty, you shouldn't have a problem with it.
If you're willing to pay for it, I think she'll make one for you. I couldn't find a link for it, but if you just send her an e-mail and ask... it's probably not cheap though, but everyone's idea of "cheap" is different so...

Anyway, good luck with the cosplay! I hope you can find a method that works for you!
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Unread 01-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #5
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Actually I think it's incredibly cheap considering what she's doing. I asked her for a quote a few weeks ago. It's $99 USD for the Lekku themselves. An additional $15 USD if you get her to stuff and seal them for you. $30 to have her also remove the seams and such.

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Unread 01-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone! I'll take a look at the links and everything! =)
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Unread 01-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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I made mine using pantyhose but no latex. Essentially I just cut them to the right length and shape, then sewed them together. I used upholstery foam in the tips since it was easier to cut into a point but then filled the rest with stuffing. To color them I used Tulip brand fabric spray paint, which I really recommend for two reasons; it went on very easily and evenly, and it matched perfectly with the Ben Nye face paint I ended up using. I can dig it out and see specifically which one it was if you need me to. The end result obviously didn't look as professional and perfect as latex would have but they were still pretty good and cost about $10 total to make and I got it done in a single day so that's a plus.
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