Learning to Life Cast and Create Custom Prosthetics

I took a six week long class at the Makeup Designory in Burbank, California to learn advanced special effects. We learned how to make custom prosthetics and other techniques used in character makeup that you see in film and television. Here I am sharing some of the steps involved to complete my first project.

EEK! Getting life-casted with silicone on the first day of class!  

EEK! Getting life-casted with silicone on the first day of class!

 

Waiting for the silicone to set.  

Waiting for the silicone to set.

 

The silicone mold is filled with cement to make a positive stone. RIP lashes :( More castor oil should have been applied!  

The silicone mold is filled with cement to make a positive stone. RIP lashes :( More castor oil should have been applied!

 

My partner's positive stone mold (left) and the monkey I started sculpting on top of it (right).  

My partner's positive stone mold (left) and the monkey I started sculpting on top of it (right).

 

Sculpting the details! This was my first time really sculpting something and using proper tools!      

Sculpting the details! This was my first time really sculpting something and using proper tools!

 

 

 

After the clay sculpture was finished I casted the monkey sculpture with cement.    

After the clay sculpture was finished I casted the monkey sculpture with cement.

 

 

After mixing the foam latex ingredients and pouring into the mold, we baked it in the oven. My teacher Karrieann showed us how to break open the mold to reveal the mask!  

After mixing the foam latex ingredients and pouring into the mold, we baked it in the oven. My teacher Karrieann showed us how to break open the mold to reveal the mask!

 

After carefully removing the mask from the mold, my monkey foam latex prosthetic came out perfectly, phew!    

After carefully removing the mask from the mold, my monkey foam latex prosthetic came out perfectly, phew!

 

 

Ready to apply the foam latex prosthetic onto my partner's face!  

Ready to apply the foam latex prosthetic onto my partner's face!

 

After gluing the prosthetic to my partner's face, red makeup is applied to emulate the appearance of blood vessels under the skin.    

After gluing the prosthetic to my partner's face, red makeup is applied to emulate the appearance of blood vessels under the skin.

 

 

ALL PAINTED AND FINISHED! :D

ALL PAINTED AND FINISHED! :D