Hera Lekku - LATEX Twi'lek Headpiece
This sale is for a newly cast Hera style lekku headpiece in latex.
Every lekku headpiece is made to order, and will be cast, stuffed, and shipped as quickly as possible. During slow periods I may be able to ship headpieces within 2 weeks, while during busy periods when I get a lot of orders it may take 6 to 8 weeks. The casting and shipping time will always be the longest after my annual sale in September when things get very busy. Please be patient, and know that I'm always casting and shipping as fast as I can!
I can ship up to 4 short or medium length lekku headpieces in one box. I can only fit 2 of the long style lekku in one box, but 2 more short or medium length headpieces will fit in between them. If Shopify's shipping calculator overcharges for a combined shipping order, I will refund the extra charge. If you are interested in a faster shipping option, please let me know and I will see what is available.
I've only made one size mold for this headpiece. It is sculpted on a casting of my head, which is 21.5 inches.
A Note About the Head:
Since Hera is always shown wearing her white pilot's cap, I did not give the head area of the latex headpiece a skin texture. The lekku have skin texture, but the head itself is smooth and there is a ridge around the base of each lekku which will be covered by the pilot's cap. (For the silicone version of this headpiece style, I did give the head area a skin texture and a nice transition to the lekku, so the silicone headpiece can be worn with or without the pilot's cap, but not the latex version!)
Each headpiece comes with one pair of latex ear cones. I know that Hera does not show her ear cones, but I will include a pair in case you ever want to use the lekku for casual Hera or another character. 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!
Length and Flexibility:
These lekku are the shortest length that I cast, and they are approximately 24 inches in length. Latex is quite stiff, and these lekku will have very little movement when you wear them. While they can be drawn forward to hang over the shoulders, I do not recommend doing so since it does not look natural and can cause permanent creases in the latex. If you prefer more flexibility, I recommend silicone lekku. They have much more swing!
The shorter length of lekku average between 1.3 and 1.6 pounds. The weight varies because I can't always use the exact same amount of latex, stuffing, and expanding foam.
Latex is a natural plant product and a lot of factors influence how long it will last. I own latex headpieces which still look good after six years, and I've talked to customers who are still wearing my latex headpieces after eight years. But I have also seen latex headpieces begin to develop cracks in just eight months. Latex breaking down can be caused by high temperatures, extended exposure to sunlight, very dry or very wet climate, the oils in skin and makeup, or just the effects of wear and tear over time. Even the weather when the sap was collected and the amount of time the bucket sat on a store shelf before I purchased it can play a role in the longevity of each headpiece. The easiest way to make a headpiece last longer is to make the latex much thicker... but then the lekku will be too heavy! I have done my best to find a balance between thickness/durability and weight/comfort for each casting I make. If a latex headpiece begins to crack, it is best to make repairs right away before the cracks grow. It's easy to paint new layers of liquid latex over the cracked spots, so if you ever need to make repairs just let me know and I can help you out. The best way to preserve a latex headpiece is to always transport and store it in a cool area away from direct sunlight. Too much time spent in a hot vehicle or in the sunlight coming through a window can definitely shorten the life of the latex!
The tips are filled with tiny polystyrene beads, the lekku are filled with pillow stuffing, and the top curves of the lekku are filled with a soft expanding foam which preserves the shape of the lekku and keeps them from sagging where they curve out from the head.
The headpiece is raw latex which has not been painted. I paint my own lekku with the same body paint that I use on myself so that the lekku color will be an exact match with the rest of my skin. At first I used Ben Nye MagiColor Liquid paint, but water based paints rub off my skin easily, so eventually I switched to alcohol based paints which last MUCH longer than the water based stuff. Body paint sticks to latex well, especially when you apply the paint with an airbrush. It is much harder to get the color even when you apply the paint with only a sponge or brush. Acrylic crafts paint can be used in very thin layers if you mix the paint 50/50 with liquid latex or Pros-Aide (PAX) and powder it well after the paint dries, but keep in mind that the paint will change color as it dries, it will be shiny, and it can crack and peel over time. Do NOT paint the lekku with acrylic paint straight out of the bottle, because the paint will crack and flake off! Airbrush paints such as Createx can also be used, but they should be sealed with a product such as Liquitex matte varnish. Some girls have used flesh colored creme makeup on the lekku, and then sealed the makeup with setting powder and spray. I've never tried that myself, but they have told me that it stayed on well and looked good.
The photos shown in this sale are not the same lekku headpiece which is for sale. They are examples. The lekku I ship will be cast from the same mold, and will look identical save for any natural variations in the latex and stuffing.
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!