With an athletic build, an exotic beauty, and blue skin, Aayla Secura stood out among the many faces of the Jedi ranks. She was a Jedi Knight during the rise of the Clone Wars. A cunning warrior, Aayla fights alongside Clone Commander Bly on many exotic battlefields. Having mastered the emotional detachment necessary in the Jedi Order, she tries to pass on what she has learned to others. – Excerpt from Aayla Secura page on Starwars.com
Twi’lek Head Piece (Lekku)
This was our first attempt at making anything from latex. It is actually a fairly involved process as you must create a sculpture to cast a mold, which you then use to create your latex object. We primarily followed our own version of Pam’s creation which you can see on her Latex Lekku page.
Sculpting the headpiece was actually a lot of fun! The biggest learning from the process though is that you need to find a head bust which is correct for your end costume wearer… Our final product was a little too small and gave my sister a headache since it was a little too tight.
Pam’s article mentions using a bar inside the sculpture to keep the parts from breaking off… That is going to be a great idea if you make the headpiece any linger than we did. I do not remember having any breaks in the clay, but it was something we constantly feared as we added more and more clay. You can purchase it from Amazon.
Plaster of Paris Mold
Lining the mold with strips of gauze strips as we applied the layers of plaster of paris was key to avoid our cast form breaking. The trickiest part of this process was to figure out how to make a complete (front and back) mold which could come apart… We tried petroleum jelly, but ultimately ended with a layer of plastic wrap.
Painting & Extras
The “leather” used for both the costume and the wraps around the headpiece were made from faux leather from Jo-ann Fabric. The pattern was made by looking at the movie version and “eye-balling” it. Had I known I would be blogging about the entire costume a few years later I would have taken more pictures and detailed notes to share… Perhaps if there is interest (let me know by posting comments) I may make another one to supply more details.
The “ears” are made the same way as the overall headpiece, including a sculpture of the ear first. (Only need one of course which you make one mold of and then produce two latex ears.)
The paint is KRYOLAN Dayglow Blue Face and Body Paint. Find a local retailer that carries it and try it on your skin tone to get the color you like. This body paint is amazing. Make sure you talk to the retailer though and get the right sealant. You want to be able to have your skin breathe but not have the paint rub off on everything… Hair spray to seal in the paint is NOT ideal…
We had the wrong color first (which is why you can see us pealing the paint off the headpiece… this was a pain!!!) So check your color first!!!
We had a blast at Star Wars Weekends (Post with pictures of all of us coming soon.) Arriving with a blue Twi’lek jedi is definitely a cool way to visit Mickey Mouse.
If you find this post useful and make your own Twi’lek costume, post back to us and let us know! We love to hear your comments/questions.