Endura SILICONE Twi'lek Headpieces - Medium Length
This listing is for pre-colored silicone headpieces in the medium length. They are made to match the Endura brand of body paint. Endura is an alcohol based body paint that comes in a liquid that is ideal for airbrush, sponge, or airbrush application. Airbrushing will give the most even and longest lasting results. Endura paint has excellent durability.
These are the color samples I have so far:
#1 - Mint
#2 - Light Purple (Please note that this can be a difficult color for me to match. While I can match the shade of purple easily, I have found that the color tends to look very different on the skin depending on how it is applied on each person. It is difficult for me to predict how it will look on your skin. I apply two layers of paint on my arm and then match that shade of purple unless instructed otherwise.)
#3 - Light Blue
#4 - Pink
#5 - Vein
#6 - Bright Yellow (Please Note: yellow silicone pigments are very translucent, so it is difficult to make an opaque headpiece in this color. I use as much pigment as the silicone can tolerate, but yellow lekku usually have slightly transparent areas and you can often see a color difference where the inside of the lekku transitions from the pillow stuffing to the expanding foam to the person's head.)
#7 - Lime Green (I really don't recommend this color. The body paint is very transparent and tends to look blotchy on the skin unless carefully applied with an airbrush. It is also very difficult for me to match with silicone pigments.)
#8 - Pink Mix (1 part pink, 1 part white)
#9 - Bone White (A pastel yellow color that doesn't have the transparency problems that other yellows have.)
#10 - Flouro Orange (Please be advised that this does not look like a natural skin color, so I don't recommend it for Twi'lek costuming. I'm honestly not sure if I can recreate this color in silicone, though I can give it a try if requested.)
#11 - Yellow (This paint looks orange! Please note that I have a VERY difficult time mixing silicone in this color because the orange colorants are not opaque so the silicone looks translucent. I've tried multiple brands of colorant, and even when I double the normal amount of colorant in the mix the color still tends to have streaks and mottling. In some places you can see hints of the stuffing inside. I'm not going to discount them as b-grade because I simply can't make them look better. Adding white or a more opaque color would make the silicone more solidly colored... but it would also drastically change the color so it wouldn't match the paint! Basically, these look nice from a distance but close inspection will reveal translucent coloring.)
#12 - Vein Mix (1 part vein, 1 part white)
#13 - Red (This color is on hold for now. I have not been able to match the very dark maroon red color with the silicone pigments I currently have on hand, but I'm still looking for options!)
#14 - Red Mix (2 parts red, 1 part white)
#15 - Zombie Grey
#16 - White
Please Note: I do not sell Endura body paint. I included a paint bottle in each picture to show that the lekku were made to match that color, and to help people see which brand/color of paint to buy if they want to match the color of the lekku. A bottle of paint is NOT included with each headpiece.
I do my best to match the silicone to each body paint color as closely as possible. I cannot guarantee a perfect match, but I will always try to get the colors as close as I can!
Every lekku headpiece is made to order, and will be cast, stuffed, and shipped as quickly as possible. The final shipping time will depend on how many orders I have in my work queue, and how complicated the designs are. Please be patient, and know that I'm always casting and shipping as fast as I can!
Each female headpiece comes with one pair of ear cones. If you wish to order extra pairs of ear cones, you can find them in the Twi'lek Accessories section of my store. If you are going to use multiple head wraps for your Twi'lek costumes, it helps to have an extra pair of ear cones for each wrap! Male Twi'leks have human style ears, so I do not include ear cones with male headpieces.
A Note on Painting Silicone:
Silicone is more challenging to paint than other materials. Unlike latex headpieces, you can't paint silicone with the same body paint that you use on yourself. Please read the tutorial for painting silicone in the Tutorials section of my store if you want to add spots, tattoos, or change the color of your lekku!
Silicone headpieces are only made in a small size because silicone will stretch to fit.
Length and Flexibility:
These lekku are 27 inches in length when cast. They stretch a couple inches longer to approximately 29 inches when they're stuffed, and may get a little bit longer when worn since the silicone can stretch a bit under its own weight. These longer lekku are very flexible and will sway considerably as you move. Silicone lekku are really, really wiggly!
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.
The photos shown in this sale are examples. The lekku I ship will be cast from the same mold and will look identical save for any natural variations in the silicone and stuffing. Please remember that colors can vary widely on different monitors. They may look lighter or darker, or have different shades. 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!