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Re: styrofoam heads again.....

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Karen Hurt (khurt)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 14:21:01 -0400 (EDT)

Bunki -- my husband, the makeup artist, often wraps heads with saran wrap
when he has to create a mold for bald caps, or order special hair pieces
such as Ben Franklin wigs, etc. The trick is that after it's wrapped, he
covers it with scotch tape so that it doesn't loose it's shape. Fills it
with news papers or packing to send off, or pours in plaster for a rough cast.

I've been thinking about your predicament, and of course masks leap to mind.
I think you could save some steps by covering the heads with saran wrap,
building features on them with clay, slathering the whole thing with
vaseline, then creating paper mache masks which would pop right off when
dry. If you wanted full heads in paper mache, you would really only have to
slice them open up the back of the neck to the crown, then tape closed, then

Since these are wig blocks, don't forget to add wigs to the finished pieces
-- you'll be surprized how many people have something tucked away from their
parents prom days. And if not, that long synthetic braid hair is only $1.00
a pack at beauty supply houses. Once again a tip from Joe -- when you're
using that hair, blend several colors together to get more natural shades --
the pure black is so corny, don't you think???

You can also use this cheap hair to lay moustaches, sideburns, and beards.

Good luck!

Karen Hurt

Grafton Library
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia 24401

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