If you take a deer skull and cross it with a wire Christmas Reindeer frame what do you get?
Well, I guess the answer to that could be more than one thing, but I ended up with a 2 time award winning, rotted and grotesque looking reindeer suitable for Halloween. LOL!!
Step 1: Step 1
First get yourself a deer skull. Mine came from my brother-in-law who got it from a butcher during deer season. They just throw them away so you can probably get one for free. Only problem is, it's gonna be whole and you will either have to clean it all yourself or wait until the spring and let the nasty little bugs do it for you. (**Note - you should check on the laws in your area about possessing wildlife remains. I have heard that in some states it's a no-no.) After it is all cleaned off you are going to have to re-attach the lower jaw. I drilled a hole and attached it with small screws. Be careful not to tighten too tight or you will crack the bones. If you are going to remove any teeth, you should do so before attaching the jaw. It will be much easier. While you have your drill out, drill one or two holes in the top of the head for antlers (size of hole(s) will depend on the base of the antlers you chose) and a small hole in the back of the skull to attach to the wire frame.
Step 2: Step 2
What to do for antlers? Well, I just took a branch from my corkscrew willow tree and painted it black. I liked the twisted branches because it gave him more of a wild look. But you can use anything you can think of really. Currently I am working on upgrading Rotoff's antlers and will post a pic when they are completed.
Step 3: Step 3
Now you can begin corpsing the skull. I used the liquid latex over cotton batting technique but there are different techniques for corpsing, so go with what you are most comfortable with.