Alternate Production Methods for Borg Prosthetics
Trying to settle on a way to get a set of Borg prosthetics done for my friend, in a cost-effective way.
- I’m working on a project — one, to learn more about effects makeup and prosthetics, and two, to make a set of Borg prosthetics for my friend’s cosplay for Emerald City Comicon. I've gone through several phases of research, and decided against foam latex (as building the safe, sturdy oven I want is out of the present budget), tried out Kryolan cold foam (ye gods, that stuff is horrid), and finally decided on encapsulated silicone, which isn't strictly necessary for this project, but I want to start learning the techniques.
- If you look at the original prosthetics, at least the eye and ear pieces were made of black-tinted latex, to give the details pop under what I assume was a sponged-on metallic PAX paint, so I am going to try to duplicate that look. I thought I might need to tint the silicone, and I haven't experimented yet, but it seems like it might be difficult to get the deep black I want.
- In this “Flat Moulds” catalog, Stuart Bray offers a tutorial on pre-painting the cyborg implants that he sells molds for, and he instead tints the cap plastic black to give a nice dark base for the silver he dry-brushes on top. Almost exactly what I want to do with the borg pieces, as I'm sure that tinting the cap plastic will be easier (and perhaps more economical).
- I intended to just quickly thank Stuart on Twitter, but he quickly came up with a host of other suggestions for how to produce the piece.