Introduction: Stitched Zombie Body
I volunteer at a local Haunted House and get some unusual request for props that need to be made. I was asked to make a stitched together body for one of our rooms. We have a lot of items that are donated and thrift store finds that we piece together to make most of our props so it keeps costs down. The cost of this build was fairly low. My biggest expense was the cost of leather used, but was on sale at Tandy leather for $30. I only made the upper body and 2 small arm pieces on this build. I don't have a whole lot of picture of this build so bear with me. I'll try to add them as I find them.
Step 1: Supplies
Like I said we had a lot of donations so the cost was relatively low. Here are the supplies needed for this build: Manaquine body parts, glue gun, glue sticks, acrylic paints, paint brushes, air brush, compressor, heavy duty scissors, wig, leather pieces.
Step 2: Cut and Glue on Leather Pieces
Cut up the leather into various size pieces and using the glue gun, attach them to the mannequin pieces. Put the glue on the outer edges to prevent it from coming detached. cut the pieces to fit you body parts like a puzzle. Leave about a 1/8 inch gap between the pieces when gluing them down.
Next add long lines of hot glue overlapping the leather pieces. These will become your stitches once they cool down. Place them at varying spacing on each piece. After they are dry. mix up a deep red to maroon paint to go along each of edges of the seams of the leather pieces this will give it a reddish look. Then go over with a medium grey to give it some depth and make it more realistic. You can even use a small texture sponge if you do not have an airbrush.
Go over the hot glue lines that you made to simulate stitches with white paint. after you are done. you can go back over the white with the grey paint airbrushed over to knock down the brightness of the white or even a yellow or light brown to give it more of a dirty look. Add the wig onto the head with the hot glue gun to secure it in place and repaint the eyes if needed.
Step 5: Tada Stitched Zombie
Add clothes if you like or torn fabric to dress it up. we had this laying on a morgue table draped with a bloody sheet. Enjoy the scares you get from your new prop. Sorry the picture is so dark, I think I took this right before we opened for the night. I'll see if I can get a better one to see the details.
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