Adhering foam to skin (face mostly)

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#1 xRenascent on 3 years ago

I'm planning on cosplaying my FFXIV character at some point, and I'm running into a situation where I need to put scales on my face. This isn't my character, but essentially her scales look almost like this (the black bits on her forehead, face, and neck): [url=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fUP9UFZBJzs/VT4Cx2XLQdI/AAAAAAAAVAM/ZO40DHPQYj0/s1600/20150427_03.jpg]Click me[/url]

I've got a reference that someone did for the neck portion [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CBqx_Xj9j0]here[/url] too, but otherwise I'm just stuck trying to figure out the forehead portion and face.

Making the scales out of latex would be my second option, I'm just wondering if I can use craft foam since I have so much of it and I'm trying to hold back on purchasing more materials. I was considering on using either spirit gum or Pros-Aide for this too, I just don't know how my skin would react to either and how adhesive they can be.

#2 nathancarter on 3 years ago

First, safety considerations. If you haven't used these kinds of adhesives before, test them on sturdier skin before putting them on your sensitive and very visible face meat. Test a small amount on the back of your hand, if that seems fine then test a small amount on the soft skin on your inner elbow or inner forearm. If they give you a reaction, don't use it on your face. For most people they're fine.

Spirit gum and/or pros-aide will work very well for scales like that. I've also lately become a big fan of toupee tape; application and cleanup is a lot simpler than liquid-based adhesives. I get the "Top Stick Men's Grooming Tape" from Amazon.

Craft foam is a great idea, especially as a base. Model Magic or Creative Paperclay will work well for raised details that are hard to make out of craft foam.


For my drowned-pirate look, I made sea life using Creative Paperclay, for the barnacles I used a base "plate" of craft foam, and for the starfish I used a base of thin sintra, heat-formed to the shape of my face. You can see a little bit of the blue craft foam peeking out from the base of the barnacles, before painting:
[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1103441443058299&set=a.171345852934534.38768.100001773615304&type=3&theater[/url]


I adhered the starfish with Top Stick toupee tape, and the barnacles and other little shell and moss bits with spirit gum:

[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207697442291145&set=t.100001773615304&type=3&theater[/url]

[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207647663366703&set=t.100001773615304&type=3&theater[/url]

#3 xRenascent on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;5046092]visible face meat.[/QUOTE]

lmfao. Thank you for the laugh today! I do test patches when it comes to face products and makeup though, so no worries--skin adhesives are no exception to this!

Toupee tape is absolutely new to me but that may be my backup option if my skin absolutely hates spirit gum or Pros-Aide. How heavy was your starfish and how well did it hold?

(btw, your last two links are unavailable to me, but I think the first link will do for now)

#4 nathancarter on 3 years ago

The starfish doesn't weigh much. The Creative Paperclay dries extremely light - it's not much heavier than a similar-sized piece made of expanding foam or blue insulation foam. I used three 1/2"-wide strips of the toupee tape to adhere it, and it stayed on for about five hours while we did photos then went out for drinks - when I got home I had to peel it off, it wasn't about to fall off by itself.

Model Magic is supposed to dry very light too, but some say that it may have tendencies to crack while drying. I haven't used it.

I guess those other two links were other people's photos in which I was tagged. Here's one from my profile, it should be publicly viewable but it's just a selfie so it's not as crisp.
[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1106436166092160&set=a.103673846368402.5285.100001773615304&type=3&theater[/url]

Part of my inspiration was from this - she just uses spirit gum on top of foundation and powder, and it seems to work just fine.
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea8sx1OAifc[/url]

When I use the toupee tape, I leave the backing on, stick it to my face, do all my other makeup, then peel off the (makeup-covered) backing so it's a fresh sticky tape, ready to adhere the prosthetic or appliance or starfish or whatever.

Oh, I just remembered another time I used the toupee tape, I stuck these hinges on my face for Handsome Jack:
[url]https://www.facebook.com/nathan.carter.7545/videos/vb.100001773615304/1084253088310468/?type=3&theater[/url]

#5 xRenascent on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=nathancarter;5046099]The starfish doesn't weigh much. The Creative Paperclay dries extremely light - it's not much heavier than a similar-sized piece made of expanding foam or blue insulation foam. I used three 1/2"-wide strips of the toupee tape to adhere it, and it stayed on for about five hours while we did photos then went out for drinks - when I got home I had to peel it off, it wasn't about to fall off by itself.

Model Magic is supposed to dry very light too, but some say that it may have tendencies to crack while drying. I haven't used it.

I guess those other two links were other people's photos in which I was tagged. Here's one from my profile, it should be publicly viewable but it's just a selfie so it's not as crisp.
[url]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1106436166092160&set=a.103673846368402.5285.100001773615304&type=3&theater[/url]

Part of my inspiration was from this - she just uses spirit gum on top of foundation and powder, and it seems to work just fine.
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea8sx1OAifc[/url]

When I use the toupee tape, I leave the backing on, stick it to my face, do all my other makeup, then peel off the (makeup-covered) backing so it's a fresh sticky tape, ready to adhere the prosthetic or appliance or starfish or whatever.

Oh, I just remembered another time I used the toupee tape, I stuck these hinges on my face for Handsome Jack:
[url]https://www.facebook.com/nathan.carter.7545/videos/vb.100001773615304/1084253088310468/?type=3&theater[/url][/QUOTE]

Awesome, thanks for the info and the tutorial video! I'll be experimenting with these methods over the next month or so then.

(Loving the Handsome Jack makeup, by the way)

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#7 Sweet Loretta on 3 years ago

Lots of usesful infor here. One thing to remember is that any body adhesive needs a remover. Given facial skin removers and be harse. Mainly a concern for actors who will wear a facial application night after night or weekend over weekend. For a 1 or 2 cosplay most folks are fine. We do many actors and clients and do not run into problems with facial applications of the body adhesives.

We use Pros-Aide or Micheal Davy (most brands are one of these under private label). And to remove these we use UniSolve or a top brand of medical sugical tape adhesive remover.

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