The process of three dimentional facial reconstruction follows
many steps that begin with measureing and documenting specifics
parts of the skull. Data for race, sex, age and physical build
help to determine the length of the tissue markers which are
placed at various landmarks on the skull.
An oil based clay is used to set glass eyes and build up the
tissue. It does not dry, shrink or crack in the time needed to
finish the facial reconstruction and is available in colors that
somewhat resemble flesh tones.
Anthropologists are constantly adding new data to the
wealth of information available.
Many artists say that the using the techniques
and data constantly make the nose the most accurate
When the teeth are intact and unique, some artists make them
visible in the finished work by creating a smile. Distinctive
teeth help to identify a victim.
Final touches of texture, hair, or a wig, clothing and sometimes
a surface coloring are used to make the appearance more lifelike.
The finished work is photographed from many angles.