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This is the skull after the first base layer of tissue is put on it.
It's a combination of the stretchy halloween spiderweb material and liquid latex. I've also used cotton balls and polyester batting. Each material has its own texture, and depending on what level of decay you want, they can give you interesting looks.

This is also completely unpainted, so it ends up having a very mummy-like quality. That's also because the first layer I put on was horizontal, mostly to define the eyelids. The idea is to generate a sort of "grain" in the way that muscles would fit around the face if they were decayed and dried up.

The eye is a cheap plastic dealie that I got in a bagful. It looks a lot better in the photo than it does in real life. I put one in because I wanted to see what it looked like-- I can't decide whether it is creepy or just silly.

Incidentally, to do a mummy, I'd use strips of cheesecloth in much the same way.

There is also a really neat and super-quick method using spray adhesive, plastic wrap, and a heat gun. Ends up looking like a dried-up unwrapped mummy.


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Oct. 25th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC)
Very cool! What about those teeth? How'd you get those?
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
The teeth are actually molded with the skull. I painted them, first with a base coat of white, then a little bit of a mixture of burnt sienna and burnt umber dry brushed, then a mild wash of olive green. I detailed a few of the teeth with a little bit more green to suggest decay.
Followed up with a wet wash of all three colors, and a quick wipe with a cotton rag, leaving behind the lovely brown "tobacco" stains in between the teeth.
Followed all of that up with some 15 minute epoxy mixed with denatured alcohol, and painted on the teeth with a wooden stick (corn dog stick, broken).

I have the next tissue coat on now, and I'm letting it dry before I burn it tomorrow.
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