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Unread 03-11-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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SFX Headpiece help

So, I'm going to a con in a few months, and I'm dead-set on cosplaying as Silurian General Restac from Doctor Who (I think the episode is called "Cold Blood"). I have no idea how to go about making the headpiece though! I was thinking of getting a foam wig-head and making a wire frame in the shape of a Silurian's head, then putting paper mache around it. But I'm not sure how well that would work at all. So, I decided to find forums online to see if anybody had any sort of ideas? I'm open to trying anything with in reason to accomplish this! (In reason = I'm not buying a $100+ dyi full head cast FX Kit. I've already looked into it).
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Unread 03-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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There's really not an easy way to make this. For it to look effective it is going to be expensive.

For an example, have a look at Michaela's work on Asari - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Micha...ref=ts&fref=ts

The cheaper you try to go, the more horrible it's going to look, I'm sorry. Unless you're talking about building a head sculpt from papermache and then doing clay detail over the top of it, followed by molding and casting it in silicone or latex.
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Unread 03-17-2013, 04:27 AM   #3
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Oh wow thanks for the plug I came in here because I am about to start work on a Silurian myself I am going to try and do it as per the originals so it'll be my first foray into two part silicon mixes XD

Honestly though $100 is very cheap for a DIY headcast! I did mine even cheaper by doing things I would not recommend! I am *not* going to go into how I did it for the same reason I don't talk about my first appliances (elf ears) because I did a dangerous thing in the process. But I also have a lot more work to do to fill in the eyes and nose areas and general cleaning etc. So the cheaper you go the more work you need to put in.

The absolute cheapest way to do it would be to make a plasticine sculpt on a wig form and directly lay latex over that. You can do this, I have done it with a test sculpt of lekku (my molds need fixing along with my head cast so I'm saving my allergy meds for one day of horrible resin work). You get a shiny surface and not much detail but you can then have a flexible piece you can back fill with foam pieces or fibrefill for support and paint just like a normal latex appliance.
If you stipple with thickened latex on a sponge you will get a rough but more neutral skin texture too. It's fairly close to how I made my current lekku as seen in my facebook page. The latex will dry the plasticine and make it powdery so it's fairly easy to pull straight off even with undercuts. Just be sure to get an even coverage.

I have some info here: http://neimhaille.tumblr.com/tagged/make-up
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