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Heya! ^_^ In today's video I will be showing how I made this charred DIY skull staff horror prop, perfect for Halloween, cosplay, haunted houses...or if you just want a skull staff for fun. I made this guy (I nicknamed him Mean Mark) for an upcoming secret project I'm working on.
I learned the initial technique for this from a prop-making tutorial by Frank Ippolito, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8w4hufoujg
I changed some things about it though, which I will explain below. For more details, steps, and precautions, make sure to read the info down below too!
♫ ♥¸.•*´ WHAT YOU'LL NEED ♫ ♥¸.•*´
• Plastic skull
• Cotton balls
• Liquid latex (flesh color)
• Wooden dowel
• A few chip brushes
• Any cheap, large brush in general
• A few smaller detail brushes
• Hot glue
• Red, brown, black and specialty rust acrylic paint
• Mod podge or some sort of craft sealant
♫ ♥¸.•*´ STEPS ♫ ♥¸.•*´
1. First you want to do a latex and cotton buildup on any plastic skull of your choice. You do this by first laying down a thin layer of latex on a small spot. Then, over top, apply a thin layer of cotton, then apply more latex on top. You then repeat that all over the skull.
The key to this is applying it where the muscles would generally appear on the face. If you're not sure where these muscles are, you can find drawings of them online.
Also, for an extra creep factor, I applied some of the cotton over the eyes and mouth. Don't cover them all up, though!
2. To add more texture, take tweezers and gently pull some parts of the latex and drag it around the skull. The key is that you do this when the liquid latex gets slightly tacky. This makes the latex look really stringy and have more texture, which looks pretty gross :3
3. After most of the skull is covered (don't cover the bottom of it for now), allow it to dry. You can speed up the process by using a blow dryer.
4. Make a hole in the bottom of the skull and pour hot glue into it. Add hot glue around the hole as well. Insert a dowel and hold it there until the hot glue dries. Afterward, apply more hot glue around the edge of the dowel and hole ensure it stays there.
5. Do the same cotton/latex buildup on the dowel and bottom of the skull. Additionally, if you want to make the dowel look like a spine, take thick layers of cotton and wrap it around the dowel. Coat that in liquid latex and it should resemble it pretty well! Allow this to dry.
6. Use a watered down mixture of red and brown acrylic paints and apply it to the entire skull staff, wiping away the excess with a paper towel. This allows the paint to sink into the fine details of the mask. Do this over and over...focusing on any deep parts of the skull to "contour" it. Follow up with a wash of black paint, focusing this only on the deep parts of the skull. You can also use a detail brush to target any small areas.
7. Finally, take a specialty rust paint and apply that to the deepest crevices of the skull. Use a blow dryer to blow any areas of the paint around the skull staff. Then wipe that away with a paper towel.
8. Seal the skull staff with an acrylic sealant. And you're done woohoo ^__^
Hope you enjoy!!
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