Shrunken Head, No Headhunting Required! Costs Under $25.




About: Bilal Ghalib is interested in doing things that surprise him and inspire others. Let's create a future we want to live in together.

So Valentines Day is just a few days from now and you're thinking: "I want to make my lady something special that she'll remember. Something romantic and sweet... I know! I'll make her a shrunken head!"

Ah, you slick fox. You're one smooth man, you know that you can get any lady you want. And this is your lucky day, I have just the instructable for your next catch or your current jog. Here's an easy cost effective way to woo this special lady of yours. Follow me and I'll teach you how to create a shrunken head without having to visit your local morgue, prison, city hall, or anywhere else heads may be rolling.

First, find a willing partner; if you want to give her your head on a plate (think surrounded by red rose petals) you'll need your partner to do some very uncomfortable things to you, so get ready to get close to your friends.

Back in highschool I convinced my willing partner Mike to do this with me, you'll see him below, we helped each other make the other persons face.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Get Materials. Get Secluded. Make the Mold.

You'll pretty much need to be left alone for the next few hours because any interruptions are going to disrupt the process and create for a jibbley mold. Also, you'll look like some kind of freak with a gobliny white face

Materials Needed:
All together this should set you back 13$

Steps to make the mold

Now take your moulage and on a low heat setting on your oven heat it up till it liquefies.

Take it off the oven and let it cool down a bit. Only a bit.

Hand your partner a pen and a pencil and two straws. Take a spoon and dab a little bit on his face. If he looks like he's about to cry... put more. You want to put it on in thin layers, so cover the entire face with the first layer, all except the nostrils and ear holes of course.

Step 2: Strengthen the Mold.

Here is where you strengthen the mold by adding many layers of moulage. Once the initial burn is over and his face is coated with a thin layer of the warm goop. Go over it again and again, it'll hurt less and will get thicker over time. Avoid the nostrils till you've accumulated a good thickness.

Once you've reached the nostrils, insert straws into your partner's nose and goop a whole load onto the nose, this is a weak part of the mold because of the need to breathe out of it. So make sure to put enough.

Try to find straws that fit the nose fully, so get McDonalds straws(I don't eat there, but they like you to guzzle your food and have wide straws), Wendy's straws are a bit thinner.

When you have about 1/2" of moulage layers on your partners face, let him wait and feel the stuff ooze into his ears. This is when the pencil and paper come in handy so your partner can let you know if he's suffocating or what.

Step 3: End Goop.

If you have any left over moulage, just goop the rest onto the layers you made. This will just create a thick layer that will strengthen the mold.

Another way to strengthen the mold is to use wire mesh, something like from a screen window will do well.

Step 4: Remove, Distort, Cast, Distort.

Now that you've waited for the moulage to cool, and your partner is freaking out deaf dumb blind for a few minuets you should carefully peel the moulage mask off your partners face and set it on something face shaped, like a hat.

Now that you have your face mold, you can cast it with plaster of paris. But you want a shrunken head, so cast a few, and let the moulage dry out a bit, crunch it, twist it and let it dry, and then cast it. Basically it's like silly putty and you can control the way it drys so you can get all sorts of deathly faces.

Step 5: Show Your Affections.

You may now embellish the castings you've made in anyway you wish. You can paint them, cut them with sanders, shatter them and glue them together, coat them with egg white varnish, or take a high- speed film of you playing baseball with your head.

Now that you've gone through all that pain, you can understand true love. Share your deepest affections to your lover with any presentation of your visage. Let them know how much you care.

-I hope all lovers this season have happy shrunken head filled Valentines Day gifts.

Be the First to Share


    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge
    • Multi-Discipline Contest

      Multi-Discipline Contest

    22 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 3

    If you can't find wire mesh, plaster bandages work nicely, too.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, wouldn't it be far better and above all, SAFER to use materials actually made for doing lifecasting? I couldn't help but to cringe when I saw the line "Once the initial burn is over ". Also the use of drinking straws is ridiculously unsafe. DO NOT do lifecasting like this.

    I am a professional special effects makeup artist, and I can tell you right now that this is not even close to how we do lifecasts. People have DIED from lifecasting like this. This is incredibly stupid.

    Http:// for my companies site, and for a site that will actually show you the RIGHT way to do a lifecast.

    4 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction this is sweet! And is very similar, although it is a stronger material. Moulage is a form of alienate (the brown seaweed stuff) that is also water based, and this let's it shrivel up when dried.

    It was my fault that the mixture burned, I didn't wait for it to cool after taking it off the fire. I'll add that the heat checking part, a proper temperature that is still usable is 115oF which is warm, but okay for lifecasting. Lastly, their "keep checking to make sure that the nostrils are not blocked by the slumping alginate." is more post check than preventative. I'm sure if someone had a grandparent on an oxygen resirator, the nasal tubes would be a much better idea, I'll see how expencive those are to procure.

    I hope this explains and helps you get over your anti-moulage stance and consider using it in your work, it has some neat properties that typical alginates don't. (Shrinking, reuse...).


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well, very simply, we just cast around the nostrils, then after the plaster bandage jacket is cured, and we are ready to lay up the positive, we just block up the holes with more alginate. This is WAY safer, and I get a more accurate cast. Tubes in the nose can cause distortion of the nostrils, and if accidentally bumped can tear the hell out of the nasal passageways leading to severe bleeding. While moulage is akin to alginate, along with it's few benefits come several drawbacks. First and foremost is the heat. Nobody likes having hot paste smeared on their face. Second, is its detail replication ability is significantly less than a good prosthetic grade alginate. It is easily contaminated, so your reusability is right out the door, NEVER use something used on one person's face on another's you can spread all sorts of disease that way and, it's just gross. Additionally, moulage does shrink over time, granted less than alginate, but that has never been a factor for me. The only place i ever have found moulage of any real use is for casting small props and the like where a high degree of detail is not necessary. I'm not meaning to totally trash you or anything, but there are real reasons makeup artists do not work with moulage for lifecasting.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    cool, thanks for the tips. The shrinking effect is kinda sought after for this project, but I wonder if you can give me some pointers on where to get real alginate from? -bg


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction is where I get alot of supplies from, because they are local to me, and I save on shipping, but you can probably find cheaper.

    There is a material, though I can't for the life of me remember what it is called or where I saw it., that you can cast in your mold, that will set, then shrink to like 25% as it cures. If you want, you can email me directly, and I can give you IM info. My contact info is on my website.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm, maybe i need better photo's of the fully shrunken face. It's the one at the top left of the very first picture. All in all, it comes to about 1/4 of the original face, give it a shot if you're interested to see how much water the seaweed molding material (moulage) will lose! -bg


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great job... When I first saw it, I thought you were gonna make the apple shrunken head :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    As catchy as the title is, I think maybe you should change the title, as it won't produce a shrunken head. Don't know what you'd call it, but it's rather misleading. Fun project, no doubt, but I think it needs a different title.

    1 reply

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Shrunken face? If you want to wrap around the head all you would have to do is get a baldwig, maybe a shower cap would work, and do both sides. Cutting down the middle when it's time for removal. This stuff is easy to cut with a butter knife. Then when it's cast, it'll be a complete head. -bg


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    "I'm sorry, Eric can't come to the phone right now, because he has his face covered in warm white goop. Can he call you back in an hour or so?" :-D


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually really nice job. Cool idea, hope I can try this out, paint it green and stuff, then it'll be like the movie The Mask. Then I'll throw it out a window and stuff! :P

    1 reply

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Take caution, there's two things you want to watch out for: 1) Suffocation. 2) Voodoo magic curse reversal. It's tricky the first few times you try to embed life into inanimate objects, sometimes you get curse blow back... And that's tragic. _BG


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! It's like a magical virginity charm! Just kidding. This is a pretty cool idea.