What house is complete for Halloween without a witch? This year we decided to decorate our porch with a kitchen witch theme. So the first thing I had to do was come up with a witch. After looking at many props and reading how-to's, I decided to make my own witch.
Step 1: Materials
Styrofoam wig head
White glue (lots of it)
Ping pong eyeballs
Liquid latex rubber
Good stuff styrofoam
Step 2: Paper Mache the Head
Make a nose for the witch out of crumpled paper and then tape it to the head. Then tear the paper towels into strips and begin adding them to the head with the glue. Use a paint brush with a bit of water and glue to smooth out the head. You will want to add A LOT of layers this way.
Step 3: Latex the Head
Now the fun part begins. Start painting your latex over the dry head. I put aluminum foil under the head so it would be easier to pull the head off of my working area. Try to keep the first layer fairly thin so it will dray faster. You will need to paint about 6 to 8 layers of latex. Make sure to let each layer dry before adding the next layer.
After the first layer, I glued on one of the latex scars and added some cotton balls to make a wart and extend the chin and eyebrows a bit more. Just latex over the the cotton balls. I did not completely latex over the wound. But rather with each layer, tried to smooth it in with the layers.
Step 4: Paint the Base Coat
Paint the base color. I used spray paint, but discovered after the paint dried that it will rub off the latex. It is recommended that when you paint a latex mask or head that you use latex paint or some sites recommend rubber cement mixed with pigment and naphtha. You can find information on mixing this type of paint at eHow, http://www.ehow.com/how_6319473_paint-foam-latex.html