Witch’s Jawbone… Er, Skull
Every once in a while I feel romantic and want to make something special for the Pretty One. Some of you may remember the Blood of the Innocent cocktail and Child Skull Goblet I made for her before. I didn’t quite know what I was doing and should I ever try to make another I’d probably do a few things differently but all in all I loved the way it turned out. It also gave me the experience to step up the next one a bit.
This is that next one,
The Witch’s Skull…
As much as I liked the museum piece jawbone in its presentation box, I figured I’d do a trophy or altar worthy skull just to be different, I read through a few prop sites, read up on corpsing and came up with a plan.
I got a basic skull, shrinkwrap, latex primer, acrylic paints, some Elmer’s and a terrible wig that I somehow salvaged to use. I still have these crappy nylon hairs all over my living room. Lastly I got some nails from an 18th century New England barn as I wanted it to look as old as possible. Maybe the skull of this girl wasn’t from 12th century Italy but from a good old Puritanical American witch-hunt.
Because I actually had a plan, I drilled the 7 holes through the jawbone for the 7 nails. As fun and therapeutic it would be, I figured that actually hammering the nails in would just break the poor girl.
I liked the positioning so I set about fixing the jaw in as wide open a position as possible.
Next, I wrapped her with shrinkwrap to start the desiccated skin effect. The first time I tried it I only wrapped it around once or so which didn’t leave me enough material after hitting it with a heat gun. Needed several layers to keep from vaporizing with the heat gun and leaving nice crusty flesh.
After some trimming a latex primer was added before painting the skin to match the skull. I wanted the flesh to match the same tones as the bone.
Now that the skin was all set, it was time to re-insert the nails through the old flesh and add a nice little carved warding.
I originally was going to mount the entire wig I got and braid the hair through the 13 nails on the board. Unfortunately the wig was really fucking ugly and a nightmare to do anything with so I snipped a few clumps of the white hairs off of it and attached them in locks with masking tape and Elmer’s.
After that, it was just a little finishing paint up over the new hair and some other touch ups. A quick hit for an acrylic finish spray and she was all done.