ProAiir Hybrid SILICONE Twi'lek Headpieces - Medium Length
This listing is for pre-colored silicone headpieces in the medium length. They are made to match the ProAiir Hybrid brand of body paint. ProAiir Hybrid is an alcohol/water hybrid body paint that comes in a liquid that is ideal for airbrush, sponge, or paint brush application. An airbrush will give the most even and longest lasting application. The paint has excellent durability, and I highly recommend it. While soap can be used to remove this paint, I have found it to be much more efficient to use a body paint remover. Those colors with red pigment in particular can be harder to remove with soap alone. Don't panic if the reds or purples seem to stain your skin at first... a bit of remover and rubbing with a cloth will take the color right off!
These are the colors that I have samples of so far:
#1 - Sky Blue (Please Note: I have noticed that this color tends to develop a flaky crackled look after a short time of wear. It doesn't seem to rub or flake off, but it does look like it is trying to do so within half an hour of wear. For best results you need to keep the paint application very thin, but then the skin tone shows through a lot. To get a true blue color it takes a thicker layer of paint, which leads to the appearance of flaking.)
#2 - Alien
#3 - Orange
#4 - Teal
#5 - 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.)
#6 - Electric Blue
#7 - Gray
#8 - Lipstick Red
#9 - White
#10 - Amethyst (This is a beautiful paint, but please note that I have found it to be inconsistent. The colors in the mix have a tendency to separate, with different tones looking more dominant than others. Sometimes it looks more violet, or pink-violet, or even blue-violet. The color changes are influenced by the thickness of the paint application- the thicker the layer of paint, the more it is prone to change. Dry vrs. oily skin also seems to made a difference.)
#11 - Olive Green Mix (3 parts Olive Green, 1 part White)
#12 - Bubble Gum Pink
#13 - Dark Purple Mix (1 part Purple, 1 part White)
#14 - Green Screen Mix (3 parts Green Screen, 1 part White)
#15 - Blood Red Mix (3 parts Blood Red, 2 parts White)
#16 - Vein Custom Mix (4 parts Vein, 1 part White)
#17 - Light Purple Mix (1 part Purple, 3 parts White)
#18 - Yolk Yellow
#19 - Banana
#20 - Mint
#21 - Dark Periwinkle Mix (1 part periwinkle, 1 part white)
#22 - Light Periwinkle Mix (1 part periwinkle, 2 parts white)
#23 - Princess (This paint has a faint shimmer of glitter in it. I cannot recreate that look in the silicone, but I can match the color.)
#24 - Sherbet
#25 - Dark Plum Berry Mix (1 part plum berry, 1 part white)
#26 - Light Plum Berry Mix (1 part plum berry, 3 parts white)
Please Note: I do not sell ProAiir 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 appear to have different shades from one screen to the next. 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!