Alexxx-Returns Posted September 27, 2016 Share Posted September 27, 2016 I know this ain't furry related, but I thought that this sub forum would be the best place to put this thread, so if that was the wrong decision I am sorry. I'm happy for it to be moved to the most appropriate place if need be. If not, yay ^.^ But anyhow I decided what I'm going to do for Halloween. I was stuck between going as a Twi'lek Jedi or a plague doctor, and I kinda figured that both would involve just as much work and money to get them to look equally as good, and the Twi'lek would go further,like, if I do a good job then I have a complete cosplay there for whenever I might need it (I don't have one currently). Also, Star Wars. C'mon. So yesterday I got started. Went out and got a bunch of different fabrics (a brown jersey and a tan jersey, and a brown leatherette. This will all make sense later on). But what I wanted to start work on first was the lekku/headpiece because I can see that being the most time consuming part of the costume. After looking at a bunch of tutorials for making these, I started playing around with fun foam like one site suggested, but that idea got scrapped pretty quickly because there was no flexibility there and I'd have to do a bunch of extra work ANYWAY to fix the shape. I needed a way of making them which was cheap and quick, and also robust enough that it will survive drunk people pulling on them. So I decided to approach it the same way as a fursuit piece. I'm making a clay sculpt on top of a mannequin head and coating that with liquid rubber and filling it once it's peeled off. So today I broke out the mannequin head and made some guide lines that have pretty much all worn off at this stage. Then I started building up from the base. I'm trying to make it as hollow as I can to keep weight and resources to a minimum. I stuffed the hollow parts of the base with tin foil just to add bulk, but this has all been covered over by now. While occasionally blasting them with the hair dryer to help them harden quicker, which I later learned was a bad idea. So I kept building them up like this until one side fell off due to the weight and the dryness from the hair dryer. At that point I stuck it back on with more clay around the seam, and reinforced the seam with superglue and clear nail polish. I gassed the whole house out with the nail polish and I think my future children are going to be born high, but it was worth it, because so far it's been stable. I was waiting for the point when the structure became so back-heavy that it toppled over backwards at rest. This has happened now, but since the mannequin is hollow, I just need to put something inside the front of the bust that's heavy enough to balance it out. At the moment it's supported by a heavy craft box, but this is only a temporary fix since it ideally needs to be sat on my chair so I can get the length of the lekku made. So after an almost completely uninterrupted 9 hours of work (I wanted to call it a night only after I finished my bag of clay so I didn't waste any on drying out overnight) and a 2AM finish, I ended up with this: About 2 hours in my computer ran out of battery and I was too engrossed in this to go charge it, so I lost my reference photos. Because of this I got the shape of the curve a little wrong, but it's nothing I can't fix today or tomorrow. This is where I finished last night and I pick up again with a new bag of clay today after working out. The mannequin is kind of annoying because it leans upwards, so if I want to see how the lekku are going to look on me, I need to tilt it forwards. But it's paying for itself, I've had it for years and now have a reason to use it again I guess. Advice or feedback appreciated but ultimately this is kind of a diary of this being built from the ground up. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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