wow, beautiful work!
i am very interested in your process! did you make a mould for these? what was the original sculpt like (and made from!) if you did?
i'm going to take a look at the vid in a second, but my first impressions were very good. are you an art student? or are you in special effects/costuming? i'm curious what other types of work you do
had you considered making them out of a lighter product? or was the weight necessary to support the wigs?
So many questions!! I'll get around to answering everyone's eventually I hope!! But to start with, i'll try answer these as best as I can!
Yes we made a mould for these. The original sculpt was made from polystyrene. Then we covered the polystyrene in plaster to make a hard shell. The mould was a silicon mould with a fibreglass jacket on the outside to hold all the floppy silicon in place. We had never done anything like this beofre, especially so huge, so we were asking everyone we could think of for advice and stuffed everything up and wasted lots of money but learned many lessons.
I just completed a degree in prop making at a school in Sydney Australia called NIDA. The National Institute of Dramatic Art. My boyfriend and I have a website called www.pinkcactusprops.com
We try and make just about anything anyone asks us to.
We don't own the heads, the Jayne Wilde the hairdresser who commissioned them owns them. And adores them. She wants to put them out in the public realm for use at functions and stuff.
Oh, the heads themselves are fibreglass - about 3 layers thick. Fibreglass is strong and really light. The lighter the better for this project otherwise the dancers would never have been able to hold them up.
For those curious about the wigs, she made them all from scratch using fake jumbo hair. And she started each wig with a mesh, much like how you would start a shagpile rug!!
Thank you all so much for your comments, I read them all out to my boyfriend and it made him feel all happy and warm and squishy inside. (He's always wondered why i like to share my crafts on Craftster so much, now he knows.)