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Three Dimensional Facial Reconstruction

Three Dimensional Facial Reconstruction uses an oil based clay oven the actual or replica of the skull.
When possible glass eyes are used. Unless there is evidence of another color, the color of brown is usually used.
Hair samples & clothing may provide other clues to the person's appearance.

 
         

 

 

Caucasian male 5 years old, blue eyes and blonde hair.

 

 

 

Right Black Female 25-30
Case Western Cleveland,

    Right Mixed Race Female 20-25
Texas
 

Facial Reconstruction of adult
male Caucasian.

Shown right smiling to show teeth.

Left same person aged
to about 65 years.

Far Right applying skin texture

 
         

 

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 feature.

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.

 

   
         
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