B-Grade: Hera Flesh Tone #2
This is one finished headpiece which is ready to ship.
Color: Flesh Tone
I was experimenting with some new silicone recipes to see if it was time to update my usual mix, and mostly I ended up with an assortment of b-grade headpieces that were caused by the silicone being too stretchy to hold its shape and hide the flaws in the casting process.
Since this headpiece was made with a very soft silicone, it droops downward right after the edge of the expanding foam. You may want to cover this area with a Hera-style flight cap, or potentially remove the foam altogether to reduce that visible drop line.
This headpiece has visible brushstroke texture on the sides of the lekku. It isn't terribly visible from a distance, but it is visible when you take a closer look. Compressing the pillow stuffing a bit by giving the lekku a 'massage' does sometimes help to reduce the visibility of the brushstrokes.
Each female headpiece comes with one pair of ear cones.
Silicone headpieces are only made in a small size because silicone will stretch to fit.
Unlike latex which can crack after a while, silicone lasts a long time. My oldest silicone headpiece is nine years old, and it is still in perfect shape. Silicone is prone to tearing under some conditions, however, so you must be careful not to create a weakened point where a rip might get started. When trimming away excess silicone around the head opening, make sure to cut a straight line with your scissors. If you leave a jagged edge, that point can begin to tear. Cut a smooth, even line and it shouldn't be a problem!
The lekku are filled with pillow stuffing. I reinforce the top curves with a soft expanding foam which preserves the shape of the curve and holds the pillow stuffing in place.
These lekku average between 1.4 and 1.7 pounds. The weight varies because I can't always use the exact same amount of silicone, stuffing, and expanding foam.
Silicone is prone to building up a static charge. It's not a huge problem, just keep in mind that pillow stuffing fibers, loose bristles from paint brushes, and bits of hair will inevitably be found stuck to your headpiece. For the extra wiggle of silicone, though.... it's worth it. To reduce a static buildup, rub baby powder into the silicone with a cloth, and then wipe off the extra powder. It will cut down the static charge and reduce the silicone shine to give your lekku a more natural look.
Nothing sticks to silicone! If you want to attach a decoration permanently to the lekku, most glues won't work. Instead, you must use a dab of silicone or a silicone adhesive. I recommend Sil-Poxy, which is sold by Smooth-On. If the foam stuffing won't stay in the lekku you can use Sil-Poxy to glue it into place, and if the silicone ever develops a tear you can use Sil-Poxy to apply a patch.
Please remember that colors can vary widely on different monitors. They may look lighter or darker, or appear to have different shades from one screen to the next. If you want to be sure that a color is exactly what you want, I advise getting a sample of the paint to test before you purchase a headpiece in that color.
I would be happy to help with any Twi'lek costuming questions, so please feel free to ask. Twi'lek costumes are a lot of work, especially since you have to do the body paint every time you wear them if you want to be an exotic color... but it's definitely worth the effort. It's really fun! People often stop you for a picture, and I have a good laugh every time somebody asks, "Can I touch your tentacles?" Good times!