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Picture of Elf ears... in 5 minutes!
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Whether it is for a costume you are working on, attending a Renaissance Festival, or participating in interactive gaming, there are times when you just need to wear some pointed ears. Yes, that's right, I'm talking about elf ears.

I stumbled upon another instructable, "How to Apply Elf Ears," a few months ago, and thought I would offer a different approach to applying elf ears: how to apply elf ears realistically but also quickly. I have been wearing elf ears for about 8 years now, and have been painting and applying them professionally for about 6 years. I would classify myself as an elf ear expert.

When I first started wearing ears, I would spend at least an hour before the show painting, gluing, applying liquid latex, blow-drying, and then repainting the ears. And in the end, I would still have visible seams and mismatched colors on my skin and latex. After an hour of work, it still wouldn't look like the movies.

With this instructable, I hope to teach you how to maintain the color of your ears, so that when it is time to glue them on, you can stick them on in under 5 minutes, without sacrificing a realistic look. You will learn a few of the "cheats" that I have discovered to make your elven life a little easier.
 
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wow, this was a great an informational tutorial, I can't wait to use it!

I do have one question though... I was planning on doing a cosplay which will require me to use body paint to make my skin an unnatural colour. Should I paint my ears to be the same colour as the body paint I will be using, or should I paint it close to my natural skin colour, then apply the body paint over it?

I would paint the ears to be close to the color of the body paint. If you paint them flesh toned and then paint color over that, it will just muddy the final color as the make-ups will mix.

Alright, danke for the advice c:

jmeurer12 years ago
amazing!
perfect for my cosplays i perform! Also any idea where i can get some ear cuffs with a chain to another ear cuff?
kalessaradan (author)  jmeurer12 years ago
You can buy them on our website.
lombax9893 years ago
Awesome! Now I can look like my character in Dragon Age! (Or any other RPG/ MMO I play for that matter. haha)
That's really nicely done, and I love the lady with the piercing in the TOP of the ear.
Azayles4 years ago
You look a Lott like a Pixie!
(Sorry that was terrible)
But no seriously, those look so amazing! I bet they turn heads when you wear them to the store :P (If you don't wear them to the store, you should, just for the reaction!)
FFVIIBOY4 years ago
OMG! Pic 2, Those look so real! Good job! :D
bustedit6 years ago
I'm impressed by the finished look, but do they actually help you hear any better? That was the intention, right?
kalessaradan (author)  bustedit6 years ago
Nope. These are for for costuming uses.
I wonder if elves wear human ears to parties
 This could go the same for aliens, do they wear human costumes to parties?
LOL :0) now I'll be looking more carefully at human ears when i'm at parties. :0)
o.O
mage5 years ago
makes me want to go LARPing
IrisLinnae mage5 years ago
same but the last time i tried to go larping in a real larp battle they said i was too young too bad i just had to larp with my brother and he slaughtered me...
can you do on on how to apply horns?
leerose5 years ago
Wow! That looks really good! Thank you very much for sharing :D Those ears look really weird when they're not on a head though... XD
Vixen83875 years ago
I got a pair of elf ears and some cuffs to hides the outter seam, but i want the inside flap to blend in with my skin, how do you reccommend doing this? Just liquid latex and makeup? Thanks!
DioJun5 years ago
Awesome Instructable, and awesome people! I see you pretty much every year at garenfest, helpful as always! =)
I definitely recommend Aradani's ears if you want a nice pair.
Mr. Brownie5 years ago
I'm sorry but what is an ear cuff?
kalessaradan (author)  Mr. Brownie5 years ago
those are the little metal objects in all of the photos. They are like toe rings, shaped like a U, that cuff onto the cartilage of your ear, about halfway up. You'll notice in the photos that some are fancy with chains connected to piercings, and others are just simple cuffs.
AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! ILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEIT!!!!!! thank you sooooOOOOoooo much for sharing your infinite wisdom, and the link to your online store, SO MANY GEEKY GOODIES!!!!! XDDD THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!!
... i hope i didn't break the "be nice" comment policy by being utterly fanboy-ish. i didn't mean any harm, i just got a bit too excited...
Where can i find really high-quality elf ears (small). I live in San Francisco.
Sunny1246136 years ago
HMMM, this pretty neat,you know for a Christmas party. (YOU CAN BE AN elf!!!)
Kitkaze6 years ago
When you say "rose blush" do you mean a simple powder blush, cause I for the life of me can't find that color on Aradani in the RMG makeup section. I can however find it in the creme makeup section. But I don't think thats correct for latex prosthetics.

And thank you for you wonderful tutorial! _
kalessaradan (author)  Kitkaze6 years ago
Sorry about that. We use "Rose blush" because it is a pinker tone. But in order to keep the number of make-ups that we carry to a minimum (and keep us from ripping our hair out), we decided that Red would cover more bases than Rose Blush. Red allows you to paint Urukai, demons, devils, AND the blush tones of ears. We just find Rose Blush to be a little nicer since it is a less-saturated tone. However, it you were to purchase the "Light Flesh RMG stack," you would have every color you would need to paint both a light ear and a medium ear according to the instructable. (you can mix the sierra and dark bronze to get something similar to medium highlight).
Thank you oh so much! _ I can't wait to give this a try!
jelizah6 years ago
I cannot say that I have any interest in the actual subject matter, but I wanted to compliment you on what is probably one of the best-written instuctional I have read. I read the whole thing, even though the subject is not in my interest range. The instruction clarity is exceptional, and I actually understood what I would need to do should I ever really want to wear elf ears! lol
MrPhelps6 years ago
An elfe and a hobbit ? What a lovely couple ;)
kalessaradan (author)  MrPhelps6 years ago
I don't know if I should take offense at that comment. I tend to dress up as Link from The Legend of Zelda quite often, so it makes me a little self conscious to be called a hobbit. Oh well, guess I need to eat a little less and exercise a little more. : )
More like Jak from Jak and Daxter. This is great! Dragon*Con is only 21 days away! Thanks for the idea!
kalessaradan (author)  SpinWard6 years ago
You can always visit us at Dragon*Con! My brother Michael will be in the Dealer's room, and I will be in the Art Show selling my artwork. Hope to see you there!
mrmath6 years ago
Am I the only one who sees irony with putting elf ears and realistically in the same sentence? I mean, their elf ears. How realistic can they be? OK, I'm just kidding. I konw what you mean. It just struck me as funny. Kind of like Garth Brooks and Hewey Lewis releasing "Working for a Living." I mean, one of them is retired, and the other hasn't had a hit in years. They can't sing about working for a living!
lol nice insult on Garth and Hewey...

*cough* don't see you making hit albums though lol
That's my point. I haven't seen them making hit albums recently either. Now they are talking about working for a living. They haven't been working!
*sigh* I wont even add my retort.
way to add to your retort by not adding to said retort. *applauds* well put alice. you own me.
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