Hera Syndulla Silicone Lekku
This sale is for a made-to-order Hera style SILICONE lekku headpiece with Hera's tattoo pattern.
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!
The tattoo pattern is cast permanently into the silicone. It blends into the casting, and does not look as if it has been painted on top of the lekku surface. The price for these lekku will be a bit higher than the undecorated castings because the tattoo patterns add two additional hours of work and use extra supplies. (Sorry!)
Head Sizing Options:
The tattoo Hera style headpieces are made in only one size. The mold is 21 inches in diameter and will stretch to accommodate larger head sizes. Please note that the Hera style mold is trimmed back to match the shape of Hera's flight cap, so it does not encase the costumer's head as much as the other styles of lekku. For some people, this makes it more difficult to keep the headpiece secure. You may need a more secure head wrap to hold the lekku in place.
I will include one pair of matching ear cones with this headpiece, in case you want to use it for other costumes.
Length and Flexibility:
These lekku are 25 inches in length when cast. They stretch a bit 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 silicone lekku are much more flexible than latex lekku and will sway more as you move.
Reel Creations Ink Mix:
This is my personal Hera color mix which I used on my sample headpiece. It is a custom mix of Reel Creations alcohol based paint: 3 parts Avocado Toner, 1 part Green, and 5 parts Lite Toner. It is the closest match I have been able to make to Hera's color references so far. I do sell my mix of Reel Creations ink, and can combine shipping with the headpiece. SHIPPING NOTE: Because of postal regulations, alcohol based paint can only be shipped via GROUND. I cannot ship it International or via Priority Express.
MAC True Chartreuse:
If you prefer a water based body paint, then I recommend MAC True Chartreuse. It is the closest color match that I have found in water based paints.
If you would like me to use another brand/color of paint, select "Pre-Colored Lekku" in the dropdown menu, and then when you go to the shopping cart page, just click on the "Add a note to this order" link and tell me which color you want me to use when casting your lekku! Please note that some colors are very pale or yellow in tone, and the tattoo patterns don't show up well against them. If you select a color that doesn't work well with the tattoos, I will let you know and give you the chance to confirm that color choice or make a change. (Mehron Lime is an example of a color that really doesn't work well with the tattoos. It is very yellow in tone, and I occasionally have trouble casting lekku in this color. I have also found Kryolan 534 to be too brownish-green for Hera's coloring and the tattoos don't show up as well as other colors.)
Unlike latex lekku, which can begin to crack after a while, silicone lasts quite a long time. My oldest silicone headpiece is nine years old, and it is still in perfect shape even after traveling back and forth across the country for quite a few conventions. Silicone is prone to tearing under some conditions, however. It won't tear without a starting point, so you must be careful not to create a weakened point where a rip might get started. This is primarily a concern around the edges of the head opening. When trimming away excess silicone, 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 won't be a problem! Stuffing: The lekku are filled with pillow stuffing. I reinforce the top curves of the lekku with a layer of firmer silicone and then they are filled with a soft expanding foam which preserves the shape of the curve. Please note that because of the wonderful stretch of silicone, sometimes it is really difficult to remove every trace of 'sagging' in that area where the lekku curve out from the head. Even after years of making silicone lekku I've never been able to fully eliminate that issue!
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. I try to keep everything within the same range, however, based on the results I've found to work the best. The silicone itself averages one pound, and the rest of the weight comes from the stuffing.
Silicone is more prone to building up a static charge than anything else I've ever worked with. It's not a huge problem for costumers, 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. You can rub baby powder on the lekku to reduce the static and shine of the silicone.
Nothing sticks to silicone! If you want to attach a decoration permanently to the lekku, typical glues like rubber cement won't work. Instead, you must use a silicone specific adhesive. I recommend Sil-Poxy, which is sold by Smooth-On. If the foam stuffing starts to come out of the lekku after a while, you can also use the Sil-Poxy to glue it back into place, and if the headpiece ever develops a tear, Sil-Poxy can be used to apply a patch.
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 silicone, colorant, and stuffing. Please keep in mind that colors appear different on different monitors.
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!