Lekku (The Headpiece)
Hera’s headpiece is truly a labor of love. Over a year and a half of work went into getting it right. Practicing on smaller designs, trial and error, consulting with. Now that it’s complete, I regularly sell them to Twi’lek cosplayers all over the world. In summary, the lekku are made from synthetic rubber, very similar to latex but a bit more flexible and does not cause allergic reactions. They are filled with a super flexible foam to make them bounce almost as much as Hera’s do in the animated series. For a full writeup on my lekku and how they were put together, check out this guide. You can also purchase your own lekku here!
For the painting, since it’s such a small area (just the face) I generally stick with easy, water based paints. My favorite is Wolfe, a brand you can often find online or as specialty costume shops that are open year round. It goes on very clean, allowing you to get a nice, consistent color. One of its downsides is that it doesn’t layer nicely – it works for Hera because she doesn’t have any face tattoos like other Twi’leks sometimes do. Since it’s one base color, Wolfe is perfect.
- Costume Debut: 1/3/17
- Bodypaint Brand: Wolfe
- Materials (Headpiece): Synthetic Rubber, 2 Part Casting Foam, Acrylic Paint