We traditionally do life casting for film productions that are in need of custom FX.
With a life size copy of any part of an actor’s anatomy, FX artists can make custom prosthetics, accessories and severed limbs that are shaped exactly to the actors body.
Recently we’re receiving more and more inquiries from cosplayers, LARP-ers and aspiring make-up artists to get life casts done. Therefore we are now offering this as a service to anyone who wishes to get their face or head cast.
Life cast pricing
The price for a ‘face only’ cast starts at $250 CAD, and can go up to max $800 for a bust. The actual price depends on various things, like the selected materials and whether or not a bald cap is needed.
Give us a shout, and we’ll help you pick the right materials for your needs, and send you a personal quote.
Life casting materials
For best results we recommend using silicone for the mold. Silicone is more comfortable for you as a model, and gives the nicest mold with high detail (and without sagging). You’ll get a durable, reusable mold, so you can create multiple positives if you wish.
However, if you’re on a budget, we can use alginate instead. An alginate mold is good for one positive.
You also have a selection of materials that we can run the positive in:
Firstly, there is cement (Ultracal), which is easiest on your wallet but will be quite heavy to carry around. Another option is resin, which gives you a durable but light weight copy. Finally, we can run it in Monster Clay, if you want to use your positive to create something else entirely.
Casting takes place in our workshop in Hamilton, ON.
Please note: getting a head cast done means you will be enclosed inside goop-turned-solid for at least an hour. This process is not recommended for people with anxiety/claustrophobia.
Let us know if you have any skin issues or allergies, e.g. latex, adhesives or cats.
Pictures 1-3: Model Gary gets covered in Body Double silicone.
Picture 4: We create a plaster support shell over top of the silicone.
Picture 5: A peek inside the finished mold.
Pictures 6-8: The finished bust, cast in resin, and therefore strong and light weight.
Picture 9: Gary with his copy of himself.