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Post by tinkerbell13 on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:03 am

Hi all,

I'm fairly new to face painting and have just purchased a silicon practice head, as I'm unable to practice on myself as I seem to be allergic to the face paints I'm currently using.

I've read quite a few posts about heads staining particularly the black paint. Has any one whos got a practice head able to advise me on the best way to prepare the head before painting to avoid or minimise staining and the best way to clean up afterwards?

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Post by Miss B's Face Painting on Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:39 am

Hi Tinkerbell13,

I'm borrowing a practice head at the moment and it stains veeeeery easily from the TAG paint I use, but the owner doesn't care - scrubbing with a brush and detergent does not get this off. I haven't found a video that tells me how to get it back 100% clean, sorry this isn't very helpful with how to keep it clean, but maybe different products have different stain resistance??
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:26 pm

No problem, here's what you do. 

Wash as much off with dish soap and water as you can, then for the stains, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser along with 70% alcohol (don't use anything higher then 70% of you risk it degrading the head surface slightly).

It's still not going to be brand shining new, but it will be the best is can get.
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Post by fesspenter on Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:16 am

Dear tinkerbell13
Which brand of face paints are you reacting to?
I am also allergic to some face paints. I do not use anything on a child that makes ME break out in little teeny tiny blisters.
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Post by Hoodat Whatzit on Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:59 pm

Just an FYI, I finally got off my butt and joined some of the Facebook face painting groups and read a post about how to get the staining off a practice head with water-soluble eucalyptus oil solution. I bought a bottle of 100% oil, diluted it in a spray bottle and cleaned my practice head today with a magic eraser sponge and it worked wonders with the stains. It sure doesn't take much of the oil to make a difference... in fact I think I may have used too much as the odor was quite strong. I also made sure to rinse everything well with warm soap and water to remove all oil residue afterwards.

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Post by Forest-Fairy on Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:03 pm

good to know!
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Post by AnnaBB on Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:33 am

I've been thinking of buying one of those heads. They are really expensive in the fp shops here in Australia (everything is expensive here!). I've found some on eBay but they are advertised as Cosmetology Mannequin Head and they have a flat part at the back so will only lay down. This would be annoying, but I'm tempted as they are $17 rather than $50! What to do?
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Post by anniel on Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:27 pm

They have a hole in the bottom that can be attached to something similar to the attachment you'd clamp a desk lamp on your desk with. Maybe I just got lucky with sizing--but it works for me, and was a heaven of a lot cheaper...
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Post by AnnaBB on Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:34 pm

Great. I'll take my chances! Thanks
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Post by jlirie on Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:45 pm

you can also get face shells that fit over the front of the head, like a silicone mask. i got one on amazon for about $8. if you ruin that, less $ lost and you can replace it.

can't advise you on how they work - haven't yet painted mine 'cause i don't want to spoil it Razz Neutral
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Post by AnnaBB on Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:47 pm

That sounds like a good idea. What are the shells called exactly so I can search them? Thanks 😊
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Post by jlirie on Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:49 am

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Post by daisy stitch on Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:26 pm

I use fingernail polish remover and it has not messed up the head at all.. It gets it completely off...
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Post by AnnaBB on Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:22 pm

Brilliant!
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Post by jlirie on Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:27 pm

example of cleaning my face shell - to get wolfe black and other colors mostly off (design with black linework was on shell for several weeks) -

left side - water and paper napkin to remove all face paint, then 70% alcohol and paper napkin to try to remove stains

right side - same, then 70% alcohol and scouring side of kitchen sponge


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