Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can the pieces be repositioned?
A. Yes if you're very careful you can use a brush and 99% alcohol to lift the piece back off of the artist and reposition it.
Q. What do I do if my edge curls under?
A. If while applying one of our pieces the edge curls and sticks you can careful with a brush and 99% alcohol lift the piece back up.
Q. Can you match my actor's skin tone?
A. Yes we have 4 standard colors or you can have us match the skin tone of your actor for an additional fee.
Q. Can I use a piece for something other than is described?
A. Yes our pieces aren’t limited to just what they are sold as you can use them for whatever your imagination conjures up.
Q. How do I apply pieces under the eye?
A. When wanting to apply one of our pieces under the eye we recommend that you first fully remove the first portion of the release paper then while holding the second half of the piece create a curve so that the exposed portion of the prosthetic can hold its own shape. Then carefully guide the exposed portion of the prosthetic under the eye and apply. Once this is firmly pressed on you can then remove and apply the second portion of the prosthetic.
Q. How do I apply brow blockers?
- clean the skin
- thoroughly glue the brow down
- apply the out of kit prosthetic as normal
- blend and finish
Q. Can I layer different pieces?
A. Yes our system has been designed specifically to be able to layer our pieces. It's like Lego for the face you can keep adding pieces until you get the desired effect.
Q. What’s the difference between regular blenders and bald cap blenders?
A. With our regular blenders you have to use acetone to blend the edge but with our bald cap blender's you use 99% alcohol. This allows you to blend onto a cap plastic bald cap without risking a tear. Also the body of the piece is still regular plastic so it does not disintegrate when painting it.
Q. How do I lay a piece onto hair?
A. If you want to lay one of our pieces on someones hair first trace the piece you are going to use. Using this as a guide thoroughly glue down the area of the hair that the piece is going to be layered on top of. Then apply the piece as normal.
Q. Do you do custom pieces?
A. Yes we do. If you need something that does not appear in our catalog please contact us directly to discuss what you need.
Q. The piece isn’t quite the right size Is there anything I can do?
A. Yes for an additional fee you can have any of our pieces scaled up or down by 25% so they will fit your performer better.
Q. What kinds of make-up work on your pieces?
A. So far we haven’t found a make-up that doesn’t work on our pieces.
Q. How do your creature forehead pieces work?
A. All our character and fantasy forehead pieces have been split up into several elements so that you can position them best to fit any forehead.
Q. Do your pieces work in the cold?
A. Yes our pieces have worked fine in temperatures as cold as -10 degrees
Q. Do your pieces work in High humidity?
A. Yes if the correct skin prep is done and the pieces are sealed properly you should have no problems in high humidity.
Q. What do I have to do to prep the skin for high humidity or if someone is a sweater?
- first clean the skin
- use an antiperspirant like Sweat Stop
- in extreme case’s paint an additional layer of glue onto the surface of the skin prior to application.
- Then apply as normal
Q. Do your pieces work in hot weather?
A. Yes we have had our pieces work in temperatures up to 110 Degrees
Q. What is the shelf life of your pieces?
A. We recommend that you use your pieces within 6 months of purchasing them.
Q. How do I remove one of your pieces?
A. Using a soft brush or a powder puff gently massage the skin where the piece is and slowly remove the prosthetic. We recommend the following removers to use in the aid of removing our pieces.
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Beta Solve by PPI
- Super Solve by PPI
- Vapore by European Body Art
Q. What blood do you recommend to use on your pieces?
A. A wide range of different blood's will work with our pieces but we would recommend using
Fleet St. Bloodworks by PPI
Q. Can I blend one piece into another?
A. Yes our pieces have been designed so that not only can layer them on top of one another but that you can blend the edge into the piece below as well.
Q. How do I seal one of your pieces?
A. We recommend 1-2 layers of sealer either sprayed or painted onto the piece and back onto the skin. Here are some sealers we like
- Blue Marble by PPI
- Green Marble by PPI
- Reel Creations Aqua Sealer
Q. Do I need to use any additional glue?
A. No additional glue is required in applying our pieces
Q. Can your pieces survive under water?
A. Yes our pieces will remain on in water.
Q. How long can they stay on the skin?
A. The pieces are designed to safely stay on the skin anywhere from 18-20 hours. While temporary, they are meant to last a full day of shooting.
Q. What’s the difference between your pieces and Bondo pieces?
A. Our pieces have vastly more flexibility than traditional bondo pieces. This flexibility means more freedom in where you are placing the piece and how that piece will move. Our pieces are not limited to size and our turn around time in producing them is much faster as well. Finally you don’t have to use sealer on them to keep them from remaining sticky. You also won’t get the same ring of dirt build up around the edge of our pieces either.
Q. Can I have one of your pieces hair punched?
A. Yes we can have anything from eyebrows to body hair punched into our pieces all the way up to the edge if you need it. Please contact us directly to discuss what you need when it comes to hair in the pieces.
Q. Can I have one of your pieces colored in two different colors?
A. Yes we can do two or three different colors within a single piece. Some of our pieces come standard this way but if you want something that isn’t already like that please contact us directly to discuss your project.
Q. Are your pieces reusable?
A. No our pieces are intended as a one-time use product and are for professional use only.
Q. How much contact can your pieces withstand during use?
A. We recommend using addition glue under the piece should it be in a high contact area. Keep in mind, the silicone is supple and can be distorted if pressed against for too long.
Q. Are your pieces safe for the skin?
A. Yes. All our materials used in our pieces are skin safe. However we always recommend that if you have sensitive skin or may be allergic to adhesives then avoid application or do a small patch test somewhere first before applying.
Q. Are your pieces safe to use on kids?
A. Yes. Adhesive and silicone are safe to use on child actors. We recommend doing a test patch to make sure there is no allergic reaction before applying.
Q. Can I cut the paper around the piece?
A. Yes. In some instances cutting the excess release paper away from around the piece will aid in the ease of application.