Long Female Lekku - SILICONE Twi'lek Headpiece
This sale is for a female Twi'lek SILICONE lekku headpiece in the longer 36 inch length.
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 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!
Flesh Tone Lekku:
This is a basic flesh tone. It is not customized.
You may select any of the color options listed on the pre-colored lekku pages. Just click on the "ADD A NOTE TO YOUR ORDER" link when you get to the shopping cart, and use that box to tell me which brand of paint and color you want me to use.
Custom Colored Lekku:
If you would like me to match a paint color that I don't have a sample for, a specific flesh-toned makeup, or a custom color that you have mixed yourself, I can custom mix the silicone to match it for you. I would need a sample of the body paint and a bit of extra time to produce the headpiece. Just click on the "ADD A NOTE TO YOUR ORDER" link when you get to the shopping cart, and use that box to let me know what color you would like me to match. After that we can discuss the options for sending me a sample!
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!
A Note on Custom Colored Flesh Tone Lekku:
From time to time people order custom colored lekku and ask me to match their own skin tone. Please keep in mind that it is VERY difficult to match a skin tone... there are many color variations in a person's face, and it's very difficult to get a color match. I try my best, but I'm usually disappointed in the results. Sending me a card with a foundation makeup sample painted on it is much better than sending me a photo of yourself. To get a really good skin tone match I recommend that you start with a standard skin tone headpiece and then gradually blend colors over that in very thin transparent layers, adding spattered variations of shades so that you create a more realistic skin look. If you research "paint silicone skin" on YouTube, you will see some excellent demonstrations!
Silicone headpieces are only made in a small size because silicone will stretch to fit.
Length and Flexibility:
These lekku are 36 inches in length when cast. They can stretch a couple inches when they're stuffed, and may get a bit longer when worn since the silicone can stretch 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 1.8 and 2.3 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. 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, 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.
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!