How to Make a "Seed" Prosthesis
Conventional breast prostheses can be expensive. To make a few simple spare ones follow these directions.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: 30 minutes
- Invest in a good bra that fits well. Pay attention to the bra size as well as the cup size. The form will look more realistic in a well fitting bra.
- Decide which seeds to use. Bird seed, millet and quinoa make good fillers and are easy to find at health food and pet stores.
- You'll need a pair of nylon knee high stockings. Pick a color that matches your skin tone.
- If you use bird seed, sift it through a colander or screen to get rid of the small particles. You want small round seeds for the best shape.
- Prepare the stocking by putting your hand inside and stretching it to soften the fabric.
- Pour the seed into the stocking. Be careful to use the amount that you need to match your correct breast size.
- Twist the stocking a couple of times to make a ball of the seed filling.
- Push the ball back into the stocking - you want to make a stronger, two-ply nylon layer. A single layer may mold easier, but may break easier.
- Make a knot in the stocking. Leave the knot loose for the first few days in case you want to adjust the amount of seed.
- Use scissors to cut the nylon above the knot. The knot should be the size of your nipple, so cut right down to the knot.
- Place the new form into your bra with the knot in the place of your nipple. Instant spare prosthesis!
- Your body heat will mold the form into the shape of the bra. This will take a few days, so wear it in private until it has the look you want.
- This type of prosthesis is not waterproof -- don't go swimming or you'll sprout.
- If the form needs adjustments you can open and refill it, but remember - most of us are not a perfect match before surgery.
also see How-Tos -> How to Make a Spare Rubber Prosthesis
Breast Cancer & Prosthetics
Elsewhere on the Web:
- How to Make Breast Forms!
- Lilith Papillon - Breast Forms, Latex
- Experiments with Forms