Numa Style Silicone Lekku
This sale is for a made-to-order Numa style SILICONE lekku headpiece.
There are a variety of green and teal body paint colors that have become popular for Numa costumes. I have also found that this style of lekku is popular for custom characters, especially since it better matches the style of lekku commonly used in video games, so there is no recommended best-match color to be used when ordering this style of lekku. You can let me know in the "ADD A NOTE TO YOUR ORDER" link on the checkout page what color works best for you!
Some Numa costumers add a blue translucent overlay on the tips or underside of their Numa headpieces to match some of Numa's image references. (Not all Numa images show a blue shading on her lekku.) Others like to add tattoos, stripes, spots, or other designs to this style of lekku. If you would like to add decorations, you may select them from the Add-Ons sale page.
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!
Like most silicone headpieces, this style of lekku will need a snug fitting forehead wrap to hold it in place. Because the lekku are located much further down on the back of the head, please keep in mind that the forehead wrap will need to be designed to wrap closer to the base of the head, or the wraps will cause the lekku to bunch up.
Head Sizing Options:
The Numa style headpieces are made in only one size. The mold is 21 inches in diameter and will stretch to accommodate larger head sizes.
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!
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!
Length and Flexibility:
These lekku are 34 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.
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 1.8 and 2.3 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!