Making a silicone creature head explained…

head in stages Richard Allport

Following enquiries about how the goblin head was made in the gallery section I’m posting some making of pictures showing the process involved.

Firstly for sculpting I use Plastiline, basically a professional grade plasticine which melts when warmed up instead of going dry and crumbling. This allows for the use of a heat gun and sculpting tools to be used to create the form and also allows the sculpture to be left out in the open air without drying out.

Image 1 shows the form being roughed in blobs of plastiline, based on the artwork ideas generated before (See Gallery). Shot 2 shows the slow refinement of those blobs into features and begins to give the overall head a facial expression. Shots 3 and 4 show the further refinement of this process adding eyelids, tear ducts and baggy skin where required.

Shots 5 and 6 show the refinement further of this process including the addition of horns and ears, and the blocking off of the area behind the lips to create a mouth “void” where the teeth will eventually go. Shot 7 shows the final sculpture ready for moulding.

Shot 8 shows the deconstruction of the piece ready to be moulded and the removal of the horns which will be attached to the fibreglass underskull later. Shot 9 shows the first layers of silicone being applied to create a flexible mould. The moulding process has been left out from this post as it would fill a few pages (If you require any information on this process please feel free to get in touch).

Shot 10 shows the cast silicone skin which has been painted using base transparent silicone mixed with pigment and applied in thin washes to build up colours and tones. The hair has been punched in hair by hair and the eyebrow is being set into place with hair mousse. Pinning the hair down with a fabric strip keeps it in the desired shape/ curve. To the right is the fibreglass underskull with horns attached and hand sculpted teeth made from Milliput positioned to fit in place under the silicone skin mouth area.

Shot 11 shows the almost complete finished head save for a little bit more tweaking of the right eyebrow which needed resetting.

The materials used were supplied by Bentley Chemicals ( in Kidderminster who deliver nationally and internationally. They are an amazing bunch of guys with incredible technical knowledge of their range and the patience to talk you through any areas of uncertainty you may have if you are new to making special effects monsters or creatures.

I hope this breakdown has helped. More info will be available in Bentley Chemical’s newsletter, which includes a feature on the making of this head which I will post a link to shortly on its release.

Materials breakdown.

Skin– Smooth on “Dragon Skin” mixed with silicone pigments and flocking powder. Eyes and horns– Smooth on “Fast Cast” liquid plastic. Eyes painted with acrylic paint and given dozens of coats of lacquer. Teeth– Hand made from Milliput epoxy ( Hair– Real human hair from any beauty suppliers. Underskull– Isopon P40 car filler fibre glass paste.

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Scalpel, 1 piece of paper and glue

paper cut out Richard Allport

Artist Peter Callesen proves he is a cut above the rest with these dainty models made using glue, a scalpel – and just one sheet of A4 paper.

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I thought the hummingbird was briliant! Minimalism is one thing but minimalism in materials is another.

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District 9 out on DVD

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If you didn’t see it at the cinema shame on you go hire it, if you did well done and hire it again!!!

Don’t buy it though, wait for the flashy Director’s cut/Extras DVD to come out.

Brilliant truly original stuff!!!

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A £3,000 brick on show at an art exhibition has been stolen…

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A £3,000 brick on show at an art exhibition has been stolen- and replaced with a 40p version.

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