Monday, February 13, 2012

Klingon Prosthetics

I don't think I did any preliminary posts about my Klingon sculpt, so you get to have it all in one post!
I was contacted by my friend Cam, who is the Captain of the USS Summoner in the Fleet 31 roleplay group, and is also a member of the USS Navras, the local (and most awesome) chapter of Starfleet International. He wanted to have a set of Klingon appliances made for Sci-Fi Expo, so I set to work.
I wanted the ridges to be somewhat unique.  All the 'ready made' ridges available online are kind of generic, and I didn't want to use a main character as a reference in case they were too easily recognizable. Luckily, I came across a one shot character named Leskit, whose ridge pattern I really liked, and started to sculpt.

I cast it in Ultra-Cal and then made the final piece out of liquid latex. I also made a nose piece to match, but didn't end up taking any pics of it. :p
The morning of Sci-Fi Expo, I applied the pieces in the hotel room. He had brought a wig, a pair of REALLY busy eyebrows, and a mustache, which we also applied to finish off the look.
I have to say, I am THRILLED with how it all came together. I was really happy with the look of the final pieces, but seeing it all together just made it come alive!  And Cam totally was a Klingon the entire day, even singing in Klingon to the Prop Freaks camera!


  1. Looks good, I make them myself and you it well. The only thing I would have don differently would be to add a couple steps and make a life cast of the fellows head to assure perfect fit

    1. Yeah, I may do that in the future, but I wanted to keep costs low for him, so I just sculpted on the styrofoam head. Foam heads haven't let me down so far. :) I do plan to make a head cast in the future to do some sculpting on, but it's not entirely necessary yet.

  2. I am really impressed by your work