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DIY Spock ears look impressive, logically

Movie effects artist Frank Ippolito shows how to make realistic pointy ear prosthetics for "Star Trek'" cosplayers to wear with Vulcan pride.

Norm Chan gets his own pair of custom-made Vulcan ears. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

When "Star Trek" fans and cosplayers want to dress up as their favorite Vulcan character Spock, pointy Vulcan ears are a must. While many fans must make do with whatever cheap Spock ear covers are available, some of us want to get as close to the real deal as possible.

With the help of movie effects expert Frank Ippolito and "Star Trek" fan and co-host of "Tested" video series Norm Chan, we get a step-by-step process on how to make life-like Vulcan ears worthy of Spock himself. Though to be honest, you need some actual art skills to make these amazingly detailed ears.

Using practical effects techniques such as lifecasting, sculpting, mold making and casting, Ippolito builds an impressive set of ears and shows how to attach them in this entertaining instructional video.

At the end of the video, Ippolito attaches the impressive pair of Vulcan ears to Chan who then walked the floor at this year's WonderCon comic book convention in California. He poses with fellow cosplayers, shops and of course, looks for the best "Star Trek" collectibles. subscribers can watch the full Vulcan ear sculpting video in the premium section of

Cosplayers wanting to learn more effects magicfrom Ippolito should also check out previous instructional videos of the artist making life-sized dragons, Zoidberg from "Futurama," Admiral Ackbar from "Return of the Jedi," and more.