to Make a "Seed" Prosthesis
breast prostheses can be expensive. To make a few simple spare ones
follow these directions.
Level: average Time Required:
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
which seeds to use. Bird seed, millet and quinoa make good fillers
and are easy to find at health food and pet stores.
need a pair of nylon knee high stockings. Pick a color that matches
your skin tone.
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.
the stocking by putting your hand inside and stretching it to soften
the seed into the stocking. Be careful to use the amount that you
need to match your correct breast size.
the stocking a couple of times to make a ball of the seed filling.
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.
a knot in the stocking. Leave the knot loose for the first few days
in case you want to adjust the amount of seed.
scissors to cut the nylon above the knot. The knot should be the size
of your nipple, so cut right down to the knot.
the new form into your bra with the knot in the place of your nipple.
Instant spare prosthesis!
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.
type of prosthesis is not waterproof -- don't go swimming or you'll
- 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
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