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Easily add detail and realism to fake looking cheap plastic skulls

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In this instructable I will show you how to transform low quality Dollar store skulls into high quality, expensive looking halloween props.

I will detail two methods you can use to achieve these effects.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Materials Needed:

As many $1 halloween skulls as you wish from the dollar store or equivalent where you live

1 utility knife or exacto

1 can rubberized undercoating spray (method #1)

1 can of turpentine

1 can of dark wood stain (method #2)

1 can of grey primer

acrylic or water based airbrush paint

fine tip brushes

airbrush (you will of course need an air compressor if u use this)

rags

Step 2: Cut away black plastic area between the jaws

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One of the easiest things we can do to improve the looks of our skulls is to cut out the mouth, removing the black plastic with your exacto.

Be very careful, the blade can easily slip and seriously cut you.

Alternatively you can cut the lower jaw away completely so that it sits flat as I did in image 4. Those are completed skulls.

At this point you should also take the time to sand down the lines formed where the molds connected during the manufacturing process

Step 3: Method #1

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The first method is the faster and less labor intensive choice. If you plan on using a large amount of skulls this may be the best option.

First take the can of rubberized undercoating and spray or brush a light/medium coat onto the skull and allow it to dry.

Next take the turpentine and soak a little into a spare towel. Gently rub the skull until the rubber has thinned leaving a thin yellowish coating.

Now grab a clean dry towel and very gently rub the skull. This removes rubber in the most elevated areas creating highlights.

Repeat this process until your happy with the highlights, shadows, and overall appeance.