NOTE: If your not too good at saving money it makes a perfect container for a variety of things. I thought it would be fun to fill his head with pink jelly beans to resemble brains.
Step 1: RAID THE GRAVES
*2 mega blocks (2 pegged)
*platform (it can be anything on hand but must be at least 6" wide and have a little weight to it)
*large doll hands
*air drying clay ( I used a celluclay recipe found here: http://dahlhartlane.blogspot.com )
*1 screw (about 2")
*acrylic paints (black,white,green,brown)
*spray paint (a color you feel represents "The Undead" best)
*2 large craft eyes
*old tie (the narrower the better)
*1 white tube sock
* blue felt (or no fray material, 17" x 12" )
*brown felt (or no fray material, 13" X 6")
*dremel with sander (or sand paper)
Step 2: SOME FOOT WORK
*Drill a hole through the top of one of the pegs on each block. Drill the holes just wide enough for barbie to squeeze her fat foot into, but not a lot of slack around the ankles.
*Secure the footing with a ring of hot glue around the ankles.
Step 3: FREEZE! PUT YOUR HANDS UP!
*Glue the hip joints in place with a generous amount of glue.
*Take your large doll hands and glue barbie's hand to the edge of the doll hand. This gives a little more length to the arms.
Step 4: DON'T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD
*Push your screw up through the hole going from the inside out, and hold the screw head tightly against the inside wall.
*Then glue a ring around the screw on the out side to secure it.
*Now remove barbies head (if still attached) and look inside the neck. Some are hollow already and some may have some connecting plastic. Hollow out the neck with your drill.
*Then connect the head to the body. Point the fatter slotted end of the potato up, then slide the screw down the neck until they fit closely together.
*Secure the neck with a ring of hot glue.
Step 5: LETS GIVE IT SOME CURVES
*Then construct some heavy duty socks that extend up to the knees. This will give it more strength to support his huge melon.
*Next construct a giant diaper around the hips. This will prevent him from tilting forward.
*Continue your way up the body to the neck. Construct a nice neck brace that butts up against the base of the head. This is to strengthen it as well as beef it up a little so its not a pencil neck. (keep in mind you don't want to add a lot of extra weight here since it will already be top heavy)
*Finally plug up all the holes on his head (except the coin slot on top)
*Be sure your bank is in a well balanced position for drying. Its a good idea to prop it against something stable to avoid tilting while drying. Let it sit and dry as directed on your clay. (Mine took about 2 days)
NOTE: Remember as you work with the clay that it doesn't have to look perfect. A lot of it will be covered later, and those that are exposed will be sanded smooth.
Step 6: IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS
*It's time to give your zombie an "unhealthy glow." Take it outside and spray paint it your preselected "undead" flesh tone. (You don't have to spray the base or shoes because they will be painted later)
*Once the flesh tone is completely dried you can paint the details. Get out your acrylics and paint the shoes, socks, nose slits, and a gaping mouth.
*Once the paint from the shoes is dried you can paint the base.
*When your acrylic paints are done you can use a clear sealant spray if you wish it to last longer. (I forgot to coat mine OOPS)
*When your sealant is dried you can add your 2 large craft eyes with glue to finish the look. Now you have a naked zombie.
Step 7: SHIRT
*First take your tube sock and cut about 6" of the tube off.
*Cut open the tube sock down the center of the top layer.
*Come down about 2" from the top of the tube, and cut about 1/2" slit on both sides (these are arm holes).
*Put the sock on your zombie as you would a button-up shirt.
*Roll under the cut edges a bit then overlap them in the front. Glue down this front seam.
*Roll down the collar.
Step 8: TIE
*Then glue the cut end shut.
*Now place a dot of glue about 1" down from the cut end and fold sides over the glue. (this creates a gather)
* Glue your tie in place at the top of the shirt just with the collar rolled over the top.
Step 9: JACKET
*Fold the rectangle in half horizontally so you now have a work area that's 17"x 6"
*With the fold at the top remove 2 bottom corner sections that measure 6" X 3" (you should have a T shape remaining)
*Working on the top layer only cutting straight up the middle making a Y shape. (cut up to the fold line but not past it)
* glue, (or sew it you prefer) all the seems together leaving the Y open and of course the end of the sleeves.
*Now slip it on to your zombie as you would put your own coat on, and tuck under any extra length on the wrists.
*Trim it to the length you want or cut it zigzagged to look tattered.
Step 10: PANTS
* Take the 8" x 6" piece and fold it in half.
*With the fold at the top cut and remove a 2" x 4" rectangle out of the bottom left corner. (you should have an L shape remaining)
*Holding the L upside down wrap the long portion around 1 of the legs, and glue together the inseam.
* Take the leg of the L and overlap them on the opposite hip, and glue them in place.
*Now take the remaining rectangle and wrap it around the remaining leg forming the second pant leg. Glue the inseam of this leg up to the crotch.
*Now make sure the remaining free edges overlap over to the center in the front and back of the pants. Then glue them in place.
* Cut the bottom edges of his pants with random zigzagging and maybe cut a hole here or there to give him a rough around the edges look.