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I think your haunted house wall needs a big scary monster on it. Let's figure out how to make a realistic werewolf head using hot glue, a taxidermy form, sculpey, wire, fake fur and glass eyes. Sound like fun?

Please be sure to read the entire Instructable before posting questions! And remember..google is your friend :)

EDIT, october 2010: I was introduced to something called Magic Sculpt by a prop building colleague. I would highly recommend using that instead of the super sculpey i originally used for the sculpt. Magic Sculpt mixes together like an epoxy but is used like clay. You have a 2-3 hour window to work with it and it can be smoothed with water. It is tougher than sculpey and you do not have to use a hair dryer on it. It is not liable to crack like sculpey can. It will also stick to surfaces much better than sculpey.

Drawback: It is VERY heavy! It is more difficult to get fine detail with this stuff. 

Where to buy: amazon.com has it as well as a few places online

 http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/CastingMaterials/magicsculp0001.htm

 
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Step 1: Carve out the face, add some features

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This step you need:

Foam taxidermy form ( black bear or grizzly bear depending on size you want)
Sculpey
Wire

Please note! If you have issues with buying a taxidermy form, you can carve a basic form out of rigid insulation foam. I chose to use a bear form to save time. I don't have a tutorial on how to make a rigid foam carving, sorry. It's the pink stuff you can buy at Home Depot but i don't have any more info for that.

I also apologize for not having a "start" image for the bear form. I made this project without the intention of making it into an Instructable until after i was well into it.

Dremel or carve off the nose and drill a hole for glass eyes to be set into. Carve out where ever you are going to add sculpey and change the shape of the face. Bears have long droopy lips so you might want to shave them off so you can add your own snarly ones.I bought a form with an open mouth...the lower jaw is separate so you don't see it in these photos. Don't add your jaw until you sculpt all of the teeth first!

Add your sculpey. You may want to anchor longer parts into the foam with thick armature wire. Please note this on the pink clay version. Sculpt away! Remember adding fur will add some bulk to the sculpt so try not to make things too thick as far as the snout/facial muscles go.
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fcfelix1 month ago
Very cool
ashleyjlong1 month ago

Love this! Maybe someone has already recommended it, but if it were me I'd use Smooth On Free Form Air clay. Mixes together like an epoxy and smoothes out with water, like you were saying, but incredibly light. It cures in a day and no need for baking.

If only I had more wall space, I'd make a few different monsters :)

Wow! How much fur did you use for this awesome plush?

earz_cd2 months ago
This wins...even if it was never in a contest it should be the winner. Absolutely amazing.
SparkySolar2 months ago

Amazing

ladygrail1 year ago
epic! I love it!
Right here it looks like a psychotic Doberman. Add short fur and you'd have that look down pat...
vcote2 years ago
Taxidermy places sell lite up eyes that would be pretty rad in there

http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/NITE1-P4537C428.aspx
ladymachete2 years ago
What was the total or estimated cost of this?
crudders2 years ago
Magnificent !
this is a terriffic instructable! i think i will do this with my mom and dad as a family project for a decoration for our annual halloween party. i love this instructable so much!
wow!! This is very good!
My email is countrywolfgirl@gmail.com if you could can you give me some tips? :)
I think a video might help to get the things shown though (no offence I get the point where it is very much easier with this) if you have enough time and things to make it with
FORGET HALLOWEEN! I'M HANGING THIS IN MY ROOM!
I'd like to talk to you about creating a werewolf costume for a horror film we will be doing soon as we find a hideous werewolf.
if interested call me sometime
Rick
813-377-7896
This reminds me of that creepy "nothing" creature that follows Bastian in The Neverending Story! GREAT JOB!
gurobuzz3 years ago
I was very inspired by your build so I duplicated it added moving eyes, ears that drop back, snarling lips and nose and got the jaw to work via strings. The head was just used in a movie called Dogman
mookiechan3 years ago
AWESOME!!! :)
Gunnar1203 years ago
You know, I could carve out a cavity in the neck, then put this thing on my head... get some digitigrade stilts... SUPER REALISTIC WEREWOLF COSTUME!
This is worthy of Chuck Testa!
A friend of mine does a HUGE Halloween display. Cant wait to make one of these to add to it. Thank You!!!!!
Wolfbird3 years ago
You can also use acrylic sealer (ex: Walmart has it next to their paints and canvas). It comes in a ready-to-use spray can unlike resin (which you have to mix with a catalyst) and a few light coats should do it. I use it on the beaks for my gryphon costumes and it protects paint from scratches and flaking very well.
avanbibber3 years ago
Love this!! I am going to try and draw inspiration from your head to make for my costume this year....thanks for posting!!
"...once he's all baked.."

Hahaha. Don't mean to be that guy, but you gave your werewolf drugs?

Ok, sorry xD Anyways, this guy is really fantastic, great job!
tinker2343 years ago
wow hey how could i make s dragon also could i spray paint a opld bullet sliver the bullet or what
rjprod3 years ago
Looks awesome. Only suggestion would be on the hair. All one color makes it look "flat" Suggestion would be to mingle lighter greys to give it a more realistic look. Or if the hair is a single piece, use a streaking technique as a hairdresser would to add the hightlights.

Awesome job!!!
twighahn4 years ago
why does your werewolf have cat eyes?
Why not? I think that the "cat eyes" look definitely adds a supernatural element to it. After all, the werewolf is supposed to be a human who turns into a wolf @ night. So, if you can go along with the fact that a grown man, grows hair, long fangs, an elongated face, etc, & turns into a large wolf, why can't you believe that his eyes change into "cat eyes"?

Besides, I can think of @ least one fictional werewolf creature that had "cat eyes", and that would be MJ in "Thriller". There may be more in movie/TV fiction, so check it out.
hoobs553 years ago
this is totally awesome! I do have a question about the longer fur, though. What kind of fur did you get from nftech? I'm assuming full werewolf but I just wanted to ask because the website doesn't have any images of their products. Thanks in advance, and keep up the amazing work!
Biggsy3 years ago
This is awesome! Welldone!
Void Schism4 years ago
I want one of these on my wall!
Great, another project to add to my list! ;)
shmyt4 years ago
Love this ible, but not such a werewolf fan, with some creativity tho this could be an excellent charr head for my wall.
lucien2374 years ago
Amazing job missmonster. Not only does it look fabulous, it reminds me of the wolf from Neverending Story, so double kudos. :3
mechamouse4 years ago
Cool , Love your little resin dudes you make as well :0)
pyrawolf14 years ago
This is the best werewolf design! Wish it could be used for wear.
zombiefire4 years ago
awesome
tooday115 years ago
Nice
Chester015 years ago
Dude is it possible that I could buy one off of you? My family doesn't have the money for a classy Halloween, but when my kids saw this they really wanted one. But I don't think we can afford the time and effort with everything going on around here. And we don't have the money to buy all of the materials either, especially the expensive bear form. I understand if you won't want to make another one but please hit me up with an answer, because I really don't want to disappoint my kids, but I also don't want to waste all of their Christmas present money on a Halloween decoration.

Either way, you did a WONDERFUL job crafting this and I really hope to see some more of your work in the future.

May luck be with you,
Chester in KY
Man I really wish it was eays to get taxidermy forms over here. I might just buy one off ebay ((Googled Taxidermy Forms)) I saw a girl make a massive pink faux fur monster blanket with a pig form for the head. She added sculpey to change the shape of the brow etc a bit, then covered it in hot pink fur, but it looked amazing. I love this so much! Thanks for the inspiration + how to!
maybe this company with ship to you
http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/
lordpazuzu5 years ago
im new on here, but missmonster, you do some great work! i will totally use your info for costume making. DIY or DIE!
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