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How to make an Asari headpiece by Vovea How to make an Asari headpiece by Vovea
There were a few requests asking for basic steps on making my headpiece and I hope this gives an idea of what I did. I'm not too great at explaining things, especially as I pretty much made this up as I went along ;]
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Beraxillia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Where dis you get the latex? I'm having a difficult time finding it. the stuff I keep finding  only has examples of in the style of fake stylixed bikinis and shit like the metal crawl from the Witchblade costume. or does it not mater and the two are the same? also it looks like it would pool a bit in the back of the thing, where the tips come together and it becomes difficult to reach. did that happen with you or...
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1joemini Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Woah... Im blown away... for soneone with no prior knowledge or experience with latex or anything loke this... how hard is it
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Vovea Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I made a mask in a similiar way but nothing else. I'd say its not too difficult as long as you don't mind working slightly towards a trial and error style!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
My cosplay is finished! :D Making this was a nightmare (DO NOT use plastercine! Use oil based clay!), but I like it anyway! [link]
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks ace!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you :D
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I survived first step - creating the mold of my head, and I still have my hair undamaged.
I will continue when I'll get plastercine.
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Good to hear. An asari headpiece wouldn't really be worth going bald for :(
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otaku-geordie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
awesome tutorial :) I have a few questions since Im about to embark on this task lol, I hope thats ok

1) I tried to do the head-mould using P.O.P bandages over a wig cap as recommended in the tutorial, however, when it came to wriggle the thing off my head, the wig cap (standard stretchy kind) snapped back into shape and because the bandages were stuck to the wig cap it caused the top of the mould to buckle, messing it up. The bandages felt dry enough but i might have removed it from my head too early. Roughly how long did it take for your mould to fully cure? Also, how many layers of bandages / plaster of paris did you apply to your head/wig-cap? Its possible I didn't make mine strong enough, hence the collapse

2) I'm going to be using plastercine to sculpt the asari head, how well does non drying clay hold up against the weight of the whitestone clay? I'm worried that the sculpt will warp under the weight.
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem. I do apologize over the late reply however. I haven't logged on in a while.

1: I waited an hour until I was sure it'd dry. I also had my friend be the one to put the bandages on as well. She used about two and a half meters and four layers of them.

2: I didn't use none drying clay with the witestone but in the past I've found other cements and the likes will stick to drying clay. The oil in the none-drying stuff means you can peel it off the cement.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
1)I used vaseline for creating the mold. I was wearing swimming cap covered in it, vaseline doesn't let pop bandages to be glued to the wig/swimming cap.
Layer of bandages was quite thin and it cracked in few places, but in general it's all in one piece.
2) I'm worried about it too, I will check it probably around next weekend, when my plastercine arrives.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I found dental plaster extremely fragile, I'm afraid that I'll destroy it while removing clay... any tips?
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
My dental plaster was rock hard when dried so I'm not sure. I used a knife on some occasions to slice layers and peel back some pieces though.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
It's ok, it just needed more drying.
I'm just before removing plastercine... I hope I won't break witestone mold.
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asarisexual Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this tutorial is awesome! I'm planning to cosplay Liara this year, so you've helped me loads ;3 cheers!
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem! I hope your cosplay goes well.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi, I'm planning to make asari headpiece according to your tutotial, and I'm starting to collect materials. Can I use clay that dryies on the air?
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I wouldn't know about air drying clay. I used Plasticine for the first model because it's none stick, and cement because I needed it to be smooth, fast drying and take the shape of the model exactly.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
And before using dental plaster cover clay model with vaseline, for example? I can't find oil-based clay (or I find it, but they do not ship it to my country).
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Or can I use dental plaster instead of plaster of paris?
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SunaBuna Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For the face makeup for the skin, what's the brand called? I've used some awesome makeup like that before, but I can't recall the brand..

And this is a wonderful tutorial, by the way! After a Tali cosplay, I really want to do one of Aria. And this will help a bunch, So thanks!
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
It's Ben Nye, great stuff. I also used Barry M blue lipstick. Stays on your face most of the day even under lights.

And thank you! Aria would be alot of fun to make. I purposely chose an Asari with flat shoes though ;)
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13raincell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Approximately how much did everything cost you? I'm trying to make a batgirl cowl with a similar process and an estimate would be great.

Also West Wing <3
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
It cost me around 30 however I did use alot of my old college's art supplies for paint.
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suicidalclock Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, quick question about the plaster casting step! Did you do a single piece mold or two pieces as I have seen in other tutorials? Also when you use the plaster do you just mix and cover the outside of the sculpt? This is the part where I keep getting stuck! I am working feverishly to get this headpiece done, but it's been a LOT of trial and error. Thanks for this great tutorial though, without it I wouldn't have had a clue how to begin.
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey, very late reply and many apologies and I bet you've already finished it or whatever and yeah.

BUT! I used a single piece so I can wear it like a hat or put it on drunk friends and take photos.

And I just covered the entire outside Plasticine model with the cement. It's not very runny and sticks very easily.
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UnicornShark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, this is very helpful!! I was planning on cosplaying Liara sometime in the future, but was not sure how to make the mold for the headpiece-- this has cleared things up considerably!! thanks for such a nice tutorial, ma'am~.
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Vovea Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad! I'd love to see more asari costumes around. There are so many awesome asari characters that dont get done much. I so want to stalk your liara progress (;
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Applefizz Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Awesome, I'll give it a go. Thanks so much! :D
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Applefizz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Is it easy to get through the clay/plaster of paris? I'm scared I'll break both .___. thanks for your help!
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Vovea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
The plaster of paris is pretty crumbly so it comes apart easily and the clay will still be bend and you can pretty much just pull it apart by hand.
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Applefizz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
This is a fantastic tutorial!
I'm up to step 3, and I', not entirely sure how you remove the clay head from the cast... do you have any tips on getting it out without breaking any of the witestone?
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Vovea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks; break the poly head you sculpted around. I used an electronic hand saw but jabbing scissors until it turns to dust has always worked for me in the past ;)
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AngoraART Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How do you attach it to your head? :)
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Vovea Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
You put spirit gum around the edges and stick it to the skin.
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AngoraART Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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QTx314159 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Is it possible to paint the latex directly onto the outside of a dried clay model, or do you need to use the whitestone to mold from the inside? I'm working on making the clay model and have the latex, I just don't want to buy more thngs if I don't have to :P
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Vovea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
It is possible, I tried doing the same thing at first because I didn't want to buy the cement either but it was a waste of liquid latex.

The latex runs when it's wet so you'll get run marks all down what is the outside of the final headpiece plus it thinned out on the top and pooled at the bottom which made it really uneven.

Also, it made a really big mess.

There may be a way to paint it on properly but I can't really advise about it because my experience with it was awful.
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RogueSahara Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Hey! Wonderful tutotial :) I hoping to try this out myself really soon. I have a quick question about the witestone. I'm not sure where to find it without having to buy, literally, a ton of the stuff. Can you point me in the right direction? Also, if it's more convenient, would plaster of paris also do the job?
Thanks, and again, awesome instructions!
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Vovea Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
There is tons of it on eBay. Its called Dental Cement/Plaster, and about 2 or 3 kilo bags will do (depending on mistakes)

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I have a feeling that link might go dead at some point because they relist all the time. The eBay store that sells it is
[link]

The problem with plaster of paris is it can be very soft and break easily which isn't good when you're making something that has to have alot of detail. I had a go using it once on a WoW Draenei headpiece and it totally failed.

I hope this helps :}
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RJBaudouin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's a great tutorial ^^, you did it pretty good ! Did you do the complete liara cosplay ?
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Vovea Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks!
I did finish the costume but didn't take it to expo as I was crashing on my friend's floor instead of being clever and just booking a hotel room.
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Compass-Wave Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Doho man! As soon as I get the chance, I'm totally trying this out!
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Vovea Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Aha, hope it goes well! (:
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