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Post by CATZ on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:59 am

Lucie Brouillard taught a class on headpieces at Bodyssey 2010 in Calgary. I wish I'd taken it, but it conflicted with another class I wanted. What's your experience with making head pieces?

The 'Wizard of Oz' headpiece was a cheap ebay purchase that I 'blinged' out with lots of gems and glitter Smile It's basically a flat piece of plastic that has velcro at the back to hold it in place. It's nice because it's adjustable to any head size.


I made a peacock feather one a couple months ago using a Styrofoam ball (cut in half) strapped to a headband. I found out the hard way that spray paint 'eats' Styrofoam!


The key I'm thinking is to keep it light Smile I'd be interested in what other people have found worked well for them.
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Post by mamakatrien on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:08 am

I love- looove the cirque du soleil headpieces, but they are so expensive. If I would wear/make one it would look like this: ( from etsy)
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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:29 am

Fun foam can work... I did my Nefertiti headpiece with it, unfortunately my model had a pea-sized head so it won't fit anyone older than 10!!



I've built others using old hats or bought hat forms.

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Post by CATZ on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:08 pm

Fun foam and Hat forms! Good ideas Shannon Smile

I'm going to make a white ostrich feather head piece and want it to look different than the peacock one.

Thanks!
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Post by sweethavenarts on Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:26 pm

I did some theatrical head dresses. Yea, find something that's actually head size- foam wig heads are not head sized. You can make a headress from anything really. Paper mache, those foam sheets, buckram, and that crazy stuff we used that I can't remember the name of. Razz I had a costume shop head who made awesome head dresses and masks. A lot of her personal head dresses had a base of grocery store trash bags and scotch tape. Don't knock it, it works well.
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Post by TheGildedCat on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:19 pm

Shannon - totally random awkward question: Did you paint over some kind of bra or are her boobs just totally magically shaped liked that? (or maybe enhanced?)
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:25 pm

I am DESPERATE to get some headway on this very subject! I have a Mardi Gras event in Feb! I am being paid to do 4 models (2 a day) in full body...on the fae It's a cinch. I have pink, black and white fairy wings...done deal! May or may not pick up prosthetic ears or just 'build' them right on ther head with latex. I would love just some kinda wild tall and dangly headdress and do a floral body with blacks and bright colors, maybe toss in some butterflies..... a mardi gras colored full tiger girl...but want a 'back spray' that is not wings but maybe 'leaves' like she's in a jungle she kinda carries with her...maybe a tail too....and maybe a 'voo doo' goddess ....sorta one girl 'light' and the other 'darker' feeling. EITHER way, whatever I decide, I'm feeling pretty confused/desperate/don't know where to start on props! Going to be watching this thread VERY closely!!!! Very Happy
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Post by CATZ on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:21 am

Oooh Kim, I wish I lived closer and could help you! Sounds fabulous!

I have a couple sets of butterfly wings that are free flowing (not fully wired like you usually see)...they have fishing line to help them sort of stay connected and then velcro to the wrists. There is a stabilizing wire/stick at the corner of the wings so they stay 'out' and in shape.

Here's my daughter with one of them...a little worse for wear, but they've been played with by a 6 year old LOL

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Post by Guest on Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:42 am

TheGildedCat wrote:Shannon - totally random awkward question: Did you paint over some kind of bra or are her boobs just totally magically shaped liked that? (or maybe enhanced?)

LOL... what we did: Amy is a DD and a mom, they do NOT stay up there on their own. We put her in a seamless lycra bra, then I painted many layers of latex on and over the edges, then we cut off all the straps and clips. It worked perfectly. It was a public event so proper "coverage" was required. Held up without separating or gaping all day.

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Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:34 pm

Wow, the effects is great. How was the bra adhered? Just the layers of liquid latex or some other kind of skin adhesive to hold it to her?

Magna, for hat designs, have you checked out Ezia Leach's facebook pictures from her class with Lymari Millot?

Edited to add link below:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200128180626463.2197412.1209039278&type=3
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Post by TheGildedCat on Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:43 pm

Also, check out this material called FossShape, I don't have experience working with it, but it looks pretty cool. The link is to a video tutorial for it:

http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/tutorials.php?id=Fosshape_Tutorial_Video
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Post by CATZ on Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:10 pm

Thanks Julie! That looks amazing...Canadian too Smile
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Post by sweethavenarts on Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:22 pm

Scuse me, I'm gonna go order a hundred yards of fosshape.
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Post by Guest on Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:06 pm

TheGildedCat wrote:Wow, the effects is great. How was the bra adhered? Just the layers of liquid latex or some other kind of skin adhesive to hold it to her?

Nope, just the bra and the latex painted over top of it and sealed all around the edges. First few layers were clear latex, and then the white latex with a sharper edge.

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Post by Guest on Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:26 pm

I want some of that FosShape stuff too

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Post by Miss Ronnie on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:06 pm

Brings a whole new meaning to Nerfer-titi (*snicker*)...
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Post by CATZ on Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:19 am

yeah, looking at the cost...not so reasonable though. Sad One yard is over $50 Cdn. What confuses me though is it's a Canadian shop and they have cheaper prices for US. Aren't we at par? So I can ship it to my US address and get it cheaper than just across Canada...weird.
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Post by mamakatrien on Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:22 am

that is a very extremely versatile material!! wish I had the money, oh my, I would build an entire house with it!
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Post by Mrsthe97 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:46 pm

I used plastic needle canvas, covered with craft felt. I used small split rings to connect it in the back. I hot glued the entire piece.


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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:20 am

that fosshape is fantastic!

I use thin matrass foam as a base and than stick stuff on there. I have a pattern for it, and hotglue it together...

or I use coloured foam, like the fun foam, but thicker. it is available in my area, because of the carnavalparades we have every year...






you can see the white thinner matrass foam on the inside of this robot helmet

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Post by Criss on Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:25 am


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Post by Criss on Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:28 am

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I love making head pieces Smile I did take Lucie's class Magna. The base for each headpiece is wide plastic headbands, wire, furniture foam and duct tape
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Post by Criss on Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:31 am

The burgandy one even had lights and a battery pack

(hope i posted the pics correctly)
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Post by TinafromNY on Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:09 pm


Thanks for the tip about Fosshape, I think it has incredible possibilities and I'm a costume designer (as my main job). I found the below website where it's a LOT cheaper than on the link on that video page, as low as $13.95 per yard which is WAY better and at least reasonable
http://www.wonderflexworld.com/products-page/
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Post by Mrsthe97 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:41 pm

Thanks for that link, Tina!
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