Introduction: Shrunken Head // Car Charm

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I think one of the most memorable parts of the Harry Potter series was the Knight Bus scene. Now I know a huge fan who love the franchise more than I do. After he lost a bet on how much Chipolte he could eat, I felt a little pity for him. As a 'you tried your best but didn't eat three burrito's' prize I decided to make him Dre Head, the talking shrunken head to hand in his car.

If you have perused my other instructables you will notice I made Dre Head before. I actually intended to gift it to the same person as a car charm but it was much too big, so now Dre hangs from the ceiling in our dining room.

This build took about 2 hours and didn't cost me a thing because I already had all the materials.

Step 1: Materials

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  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper clay
  • Sculpey premo
  • Yarn (or rope)
  • String (to hang head)
  • Paint (black and brown, acrylic)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Hot glue

Step 2: Basic Shape

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I started by rolling a ball of aluminum foil. I decided to have a base of foil to save clay, and make the ornament lighter. I coated the entire ball in clay. Then I made the basic structure of a brow bone.

Step 3: Facial Features

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After letting the clay dry, I decided to go in with Premo Sculpey because it was less fiber-y. My Sculpey was really hard and crumbly (is this normal?) so I folded some Vaseline into the clay and worked it until it was soft.

I built up some more features withe the Sculpey. I rolled out two balls for the eyes, and shaped them with a pencil eraser.

I rolled a bigger ball of clay for the nose and poked two holes in the nose with the pencil's tip.

I rolled out a tube of clay for the mouth and shaped it with the eraser.

Step 4: Dreadlocks

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I could not find any yarn in the house. It was terrible. So I went to plan B. I found some rope with soft fibers, and cut out hair length strips.

I brushed the hair with a car brush so it was really frizzy.

If you would like to see how to make dreads out of yarn

Step 5: Dying the Dreads

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I made a mixture of 1 part black paint, 1 part brown paint (acrylic), 1 part Elmer's glue, to 1 part water. I coated the rope strands in the mixture and rolled it into a dread with my hands.

Step 6: Bad Lobotomy

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I drilled a hole through the head with a drill, then threaded a string through the hole.

Step 7: Painting

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I painted the head an olive color, then went over the highlights in a lighter green. I brushed a small amount of red paint on the lips as well.

I cut the knots off the ends of the dreads.

Step 8: Hair Implants

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I used hot glue to glue all the dreads in place. I wrapped a rubber band around the bottom of his weave to help shape the dreads. After a day I took the rubber band off

Step 9: Done

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And we're all done.

What a nice severed head to hang in your car.


CalebGreer (author)2017-05-05

Nice work. But I need to know who keeps 'nice severed head' in their car.


Ernie from the Knight bus.

My friend.

Me when I get my own car.

Jeffrey Dahmer


*relizes I just compared my self to a notorious serial killer*

Fun fact you can also wear a shrunken head as a necklace. When people (Jivaroan tribe) actually made real shrunken heads (out of flesh), they would wear them to fancy dinners and stuff. Icky...but kind of cool

jessyratfink (author)2017-05-05

This is fantastic!! Looks just like him :D

Thank you :)

gm280 (author)2017-05-05

I guess my only question is WHY?

rainingfiction (author)gm2802017-05-05

Because there are unlimited ways to spend your time, and you should do it in a way that makes you happy. I enjoyed making this for my friend. He loves it in his car. Win Win. I regret nothing.

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Bio: I'm just a poor high school student who loves video games, pasta, and sleeping in.
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