This is the second life size horse head that I have created. I went to a stable and took exact measurements of both the head and neck of a particular horse. Instead of creating a heavy wood armature I opted for the much lighter foam. I cut out the dimensions I needed on a band saw and then glued multiple layers of foam together to create a large block. From this point I painstakingly shaved the shape of the horse ( I think I still have blue foam in my lungs). After the shape was accurate to the measurements I was then able to adhere what I needed to the foam. I chose to do one side of the head and neck to look as though it were an actual horse...for the other side I wanted to create the effect that the skin was peeling away to expose the muscle and bone underneath. The life-like side was wrapped with black cowhide and the mane was created with human hair (from Sally's Beauty Supply). The other side Is a combination of beef jerky, prosciutto, wax, leather, plaster, and paint. I also chose a photograph of a sleeping lamb to put inside the glass eye (I've included a detail shot). So if you are into taxidermy but not killing animals...(that statement might be an oxymoron)...this is a way to get that "trophy" piece on your wall.
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