Aislynn: It is indeed the same mold. I figure I can make about 15-20 castings before the mold becomes unusable, and with the difference in stitching, hair & decoration, I can give each one a distinct personnality.
As for the original sculpture, it tends to get damaged during the demolding process; in any case, since I use non-hardening, oil based clay, I just squash it up an reuse the clay later on. Because of that, one could consider those small heads a limited edition item!
Thanks, anderlance! That's what happens when you're cheap and can't be bothered to fiddle with wire.
Wulf: Thank you! I gotta agree, hot glue could work wonders! Do you take the time to carve those directly from the stick (I hope not, I'm too lazy for that!) or do you work normally from a puddle of glue?
I know Christian Hanson used drawn-out beads of hot glue as a base for teeth in his DVD on making corpses, (His corpsing method wouldn't work great for a single hand, but the heads it makes look so gnarly!) and it looked amazing, but I don't recall seeing it used for nails, sounds interesting!
Oh, and have you guys seen Petersson's stop motion short? It's all dusty and creepy! a must see.
Haha thanks! I'm already a big fan of propnomicon, it's actually the blog which inspired this hand, if you ever take the time to read the full tutorial! I've already been featured on there once, too. Great guy, and great blog. Thanks for sharing it, though!
I've never tried candle casting, I should try it, though. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!