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Paper mache and glue led skull

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Step 1: Things youll need

 a skull (hopefully fake :p) that you wont need for anything else.
aluminum foil ( lots of it)
packing tape
1 popsickle stick
gorilla glue ( i find it works best but you don't need to use it)
water
old phone book
exacto blade or something good for cutting the material your skull is made out of
cardboard scraps
i bit of toilet paper
drylock
drill or nails for small hole
black paint (spray paint)
dry brush and biege paint
your choice of lights any color

also i just posted this on my site and please vote for me to win the ipad with the gorilla glue challenge my life is getting really busy and it would help so much.

Step 2: Foiling the skull

I covered the skull in aluminum foil, taping the edges with some packing tape, and smoothing the whole thing down with a popsicle stick.� I only worked with the front half of the skull for now.� This part of the project must be done in two stages

Step 3: Starting the mache

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Then I went to work with the mache'.  I use a mixture of 2 parts glue and one part water, with a little cornstarch, and for this project I recycled a phone book!  To make coverage even, I like to alternate between white and yellow pages so I know where I've already covered when I have "help" from my little assistant.  I repeated the process with the back side of the skull after I removed the front part.  I believe I used 4 layers of mache' on each half. So if you dont understand how to make the mache paste here it is. First take a big bowl that can hold some water and wont spill. Next empty your gorilla glue into a cheap mesureing cup. Depending on how much paste you want or will use will be you should make the paste like this. 2 parts glue i part water. Example: you want one cup of paste, so you take 2/3 of a cup of glue and add 1/3 water. then ALWAYS STIR THE GLUE, this is very important.
pumpdatbass6 months ago
shouldnt even need that. he had it covered with foil before he started macheting(sp?)
So, you say to use a skull you wont need for anything else, but as I understand the directions nothing happens to it in the molding process, right? So, I could use one of my nice skulls that I prefer to keep for later use, with just a little cleaning, right? Thanks!
KaiFoxFurry3 years ago
Thanks, This instructable helped me a lot with last Halloween. I won first place in my school's costume contest as "Grim's Bride". The eyes have a timer so they "blink" on and off with a red eerie glow! Thanks again! ^_^
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sakimoto3 years ago
So kool my brother!!!
doubleshockz (author)  sakimoto3 years ago
thanks it means alot
jeff-o3 years ago
Nice work, this is a huge improvement over a "stock" prop skull!
doubleshockz (author)  jeff-o3 years ago
thanks!
northstar153 years ago
your geting 5 stars for the instructable and my vote but not because you asked just because i love this instructable
DIY-girl3 years ago
oh my gosh! this is so cool thanks for a awsome instructable
globin3 years ago
aww man you got my vote this is way better than anyone elses
doubleshockz (author) 3 years ago
hey guys it would be awsome if you voted for me to win the contest. my familys computer got a virus a while back and so we need something better than my old computer from high school ( ten years ago) so it would be really nice of you.
An ipad isnt a computer, and you can fix a virus, i have multiple times on my 6 year old slow mac mini. i want a new computer too
vadios3 years ago
This is extremely cool! Thanks for a great tutorial!
aramanthe3 years ago
I think it would be a really awesome addition to the lights shining out of the mouth if perhaps you tinfoiled the inside of the skull. :)
Screamo3 years ago
Awesome.
at first glance i thought it was a terminator skull..
this is awesome.. can yo try a terminator head model next? your styling is great
doubleshockz (author)  michaelgohjs3 years ago
yes i will try but what do you think i should make the silver metal color with? i have no idea except sheet metal so any easyer thing would be nice since i know for a fact steel is not easy to shape. so leave a answer in the comments
use all the steps in your instructable to make skull then sand it smooth you are gonna need multiple grades of really fine grit wet dry sand paper. prime it with acrylic primer inside and out then sand outside again do this about 3 times. now with the drylock paint and the acrylic primer it should be completely water proof . then time for the automotive metallic silver non water based paint do about 3-4 light coats letting dry between coats then sand smooth repeat about 2 more time now you should have a completely water proof skull and be able to do some wet sanding with really fine grit sand paper now for the mirror finish car wax apply as directed it should now look like real metal and be able to see yourself in it. this will take some time but the finished product will be amazing

on the other hand you can buy a precast model and paint it using the steps i gave
form here http://www.cqout.com/item.asp?id=4456735
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mary candy3 years ago
wauu coolll
lesrebnav3 years ago
AWESOME, Good Job
ChrysN3 years ago
Creepy! The red is really a good colour for skulls, nicely done.