Ridge Over Troubled Eyebrows or A Ridge Too Far


This is from a tutorial I made, when I made my own Klingon ridges. The basic stuff works for ANY appliance you wish to try. Let me put this warning out first. ONE. PLEASE..do a small test patch with latex, on your arm, before you play with this. We want to make sure you are NOT allergic to the stuff.

Second. I have run into MANY sites, that suggest pouring Plaster of Paris on your SKIN. ****PLEASE DONT!**** I dont care if it dosent burn you the first time...you are asking for trouble. Or you may burn someone more sensative. Plaster of Paris dries by a CHEMICAL reaction. This means it HEATS UP. ALOT. PLEASE FOLKS..DONT put this stuff on your skin. The only plaster that is safe for the skin is the plaster bandages they use, like when putting a cast on you.

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Headpieces


I tried this out, last year...and the headpiece came out very well. This is especially helpful if you have no one to help you out...and you want to get a headpiece to match your own skin color.

Method #1

This headpiece is 2 parts. The headpiece and the hair.If you find a wig to suite your needs, you may use that...But I used loose hair, that you can buy from various places. Here is the supply list:


Liquid Latex (Clear)
Optional Wig or Loose Hair
Superglue
Plaster
Modeling Clay
Scissors
Brush
Baby Powder
liquid make-up to match skin color
White glue and paper strips OR PLASTER Cast Bandages.
and a styrofoam head

Now...you are probably wondering what in the heck the paper strips and white glue are for..{{:-)


Stryofoam head come in MANY sizes...but it is hard to find one that comes close to your own head size...especially if you have to worry about hair! So..you are going to make a mold of your head, using paper mache' using the white glue and paper strips!! (You can also use the Plaster cast bandages, now found in many hobby shops for maskmaking. Either works well.)

Tie down your hair, and be sure to put some kind of bathing or swimsuit cap to cover your hair. If not..you can use celophane as a temporary cover! (This WILL get messy)

Soak the torn stips of paper in water that you have added about 1-2 teaspoons of white glue. Starting at the bridge of the nose..gently wring the access water from the stips of paper, and place on the face...small pieces around the eyes, nose and mouth..moving to larger pieces around the forehead, chin and sides of the face. You want to cover from about the middle of the top of the head to at least half way down the face...I did a full mask, covering to just under the chin...(just in case I wanted to do more later!)

After you have covered everything...you can use a blowdryer to help the mask harden. Once it is firm enough, wiggle your face until you are free from the mask, and place it on the styrofoam face to dry completely.

Once the mask has fully dried, you can paint the mask to protect it. Now, you have a preey close cast of your face, that you can work from.

The first step is to choose a design for the ridge you want to have. Look at photographs for help. After you have chose the design, model the clay on the mask to resemble the design. Using a modeling clay that will NOT harden is the best method. Now it also the time, if you want to make nose ridges for yourself. They can be connected, or two seperate pieces.

Once you have a design that you like, apply the plaster to the clay sculpture and cover the design design. Make a small clay dam to contain the plaster. The plaster should be thick. If you have a large container ie...a milk carton, you can pour the plaster into the container, and place your clay ridges inside.

Allow the plaster to harden. Once this is done, remove the clay from the plaster, which is now a negative mold of your ridge design. Make sure you clean it out good.

Once the plaster is dry, you can brush the latex into the mold, over the design. Use a small brush you don't mind throwing away. For a quick drying time, use a blow dryer. Apply as many coasts of layers as wanted, but at least 5 coats and blow dry each coat. Carefully, peel the latex appliance out of the mold and apply a light coat of baby powder to both sides of the appliance. Place apliance back on mold.

If you wish to add hair, you can either use loose hair, or an wig. I used loose straight hair, after finding a color that I liked. There are many ways to attach the hair to the head. You can glue it, or sew it to the edges of the appliance. I cheated, and sewed the hair to a stocking cap, and then attached the appliance to the cap also. this way, I don't have to use much glue on my head...and it is very comfortable... and I dont sweat as much. Dont forget those eyebrows. Use some of the leftover hair, to add them in, if your headpiece goes that far. Most do.

If you wish to use the wig, cut the section from the wig where the appliance will be. Turn down the cut edge of the wig and glue to the appliance with the superglue. Let the glue DRY COMPLETELY. Some find an old clown mask, and attach it to that as well...changing the hair to something they like.

Use sprit gum or latex, to attach the headpiece to your head.


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Method #2

Here is the most basic of ways to make your own "Bumpy Head". This is a VERY Basic modle. If you want more details, you will need to find you a group that can help you take a head casting, and create your headpiece.

Most headpieces are 2 parts. The headpiece, and the wig.For the headpiece, you will need:

Liquid Latex (Flesh Colored)
Wig
Superglue
Plaster
Modeling Clay
Scissors
Brush
baby Powder
and a styrofoam head

This is difficult to do, so do not feel discouraged, if your first attempt does not go quite right.

The first step is to choose a design for the ridge you want to have. Look at photographs for help.After you have chose the design, model the clay on the styrofoam head to resemble the design. Using a modeling clay that will NOT harden is the best method. Apply the plaster to the clay sculpture and cover the design design. Allow the plaster to harden. Once this is done, remove the clay from the plaster, which is now a negaticve mold of your ridge design. make sure you clean it out good.

Brush the latex into the mold, over the design. Gor a quick drying time, use a blow dryer. Apply as many coasts of layers as wanted, but at least 5 coats and blow dry each coat. Carefully, peel the latex appliance out of the mold and apply a light coat of baby powder to both sides of the appliance. Place apliance back on syrofoam head.

If you wish to add the wig , cut the section from the wig where the appliance will be. Turn down the cut edge of the wig and glue to the appliance with the superglue. Let the glue DRY COMPLETELY. Dont forget those eyebrows. Use some of the leftover hair, to add them in.

Use sprit gum and/or latex, to attach the headpiece to your head.

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