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How to Make an Asari Latex Headpiece

By Tatter-Hood
This is probably long overdue. My 2008 asari latex headpiece tutorial - finally on DeviantArt AND in one big ol' pdf!
(you can also view the pages my site or instructables if the download is too big for ya...but dA is the only place to download the giant pdf)



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Back in 2008, I went as Dr. Liara T’Soni from Mass Effect for Halloween. It was my first time using latex or doing *anything* like this. At the time, I had a hard time finding information about what to do online, so I decided to make a mini comic tutorial about my experience.

So. Keep in mind, this tutorial is old. The drawings are bad. The text is shoddy. But this comic has helped people make Asari headpieces...and since I *still* get people talking to me about this, I decided to finally put my tutorial all together into one pdf and upload it on DeviantArt for easy access.


A lot of people skip the lifemold-of-their-face step and use an armature/foam head. Some people make the headpiece in two pieces (top and neck). Some people use aquacolors, others ben nye, some alcohol-based, for their skin makeup. Everybody has different methods and uses different materials, so my suggestion is to check out what other people have done, do your research and always, always be safe when working.


If you're one of those special effects pros who have issues with my methods, might complain I'm too generous in the time I give for stuff, point out my paint job is bad - this isn't Face Off here. It's "Firsttimedoinganythinglikethisletsseeifwecanpullthis Off"
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halvwyn's avatar
I'm getting ready to buy all my stuff to make my headpiece and had a quick question. 

How much of the Ultra Cal and Latex 407 should I grab? I'm planning on doing the head armature thingy as well as(unless I run out of time) do a couple pulls till I get one I really like. How much did you personally use?
Tatter-Hood's avatar
I used less than a pint of latex for just one headpiece - so you could get a couple of those, or upgrade and get a whole gallon (which will get you *a lot* of headpieces! I made 4 plus my leia costume plus some other prosthetics with the same stuff). It's hard to gauge a guess on how much Ultra Cal to get - I bought a 50lb bag, but 25 would likely be more than enough for a head armature + making the molds. Sorry that's all kind of vague :S
halvwyn's avatar
That's awesome, thank you! (^.^) 
kiya1909's avatar
^_^ thank you so much for making this! its been helping me so much

Tatter-Hood's avatar
Sweet! Happy to help :)
Aldizar's avatar
Approximately how much would you say the whole thing cost to make?
I want to make one but I am a student on a budget...
Tatter-Hood's avatar
$227 - Someone asked this before and I broke down the price cost on the first page of comments for this piece, so check that to see how to save money! (ie you don't need as much latex and ultra cal as I got). Hope this helps!
May I just say that you're my favourite for providing this? Thank you, and you're amazing!!! :D
Beautiful cosplay!!! :D
Tatter-Hood's avatar
†hank you very much! :la:
hapi-graveltoes's avatar
I'm hoping to adapt this to making a Krogan head piece!

Thank you so much for posting this - uber excited to get started :D
Teamyx's avatar
thank you so much for posting this. I'm new to creature make up and this is really good for me. Thank you!!!
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Temerice's avatar
I'm not planning to cosplay an asari, but damn, this is really inspiring! If I ever end up making this headpiece and cosplaying an asari, I'm blaming you : D
Tatter-Hood's avatar
Glad you like it!
I sometimes wonder, in the event of an Asari uprising, if I'll get a lot of finger-pointing and people saying 'Well, she started it!'
Temerice's avatar
Nah, I'm sure nobody'll blame you for making such an awesome and useful tutorial : D
kupieckorzenny's avatar
My cosplay is finished! :D
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Tatter-Hood's avatar
Wow, it turned out GREAT! You need a shot of you!
kupieckorzenny's avatar
Thank you! :D But I plan to make the headpiece once again, for next asari cosplays.
kupieckorzenny's avatar
I'm just before pouring latex into it, but I don't have so much of it to do it as you did. And I don't have much time, so I won't be able to buy new one and try again :confused:... any advice?
Tatter-Hood's avatar
How much latex do you have? I had way more than I needed! You're coating the inside of your mold, so you don't need too much - less than a pint.
kupieckorzenny's avatar
I have exactly one pint, so I think it will be okay.
I'm going to do it next weekend. I'm not sure if it needs to be made warm or can I just use it as it is in jar.
Tatter-Hood's avatar
Don't heat it up!! If you heat latex, you'll dry it out/speed up the curing process! Use it just as is.
kupieckorzenny's avatar
Acknowledged! Thank you for help :)
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