Hey there crafty folks!
I recently finished making & mounting a hand of glory reproduction.
A hand of glory, for those not versed much in old creepy talismans or the potter verse (Draco Malfoy uses one to escape the room of requirements!), is the mummified hand of a criminal who died at the gallows.
This was used mostly by thiefs because when the fingers, or a candle made from the fat of the dead man placed in the palm, were lit, the inhabitants of a building would fall into a deep sleep, that only blowing out the flames (only milk or blood used to work, according to some) could arouse them (from their sleep. Not something else. silly.)
I made mine using traditional corpsing techniques, by applying liquid latex and toilet paper on a skeleton hand armature, which I made using crappy, cheap markers, hot glue & string.Those are the fingers before beefing up the knucklesKnuckles beefed up!Now with a newspaper & tape forearmAnd here's the beef!Plastic nails were addedAnd now a bit of paint...And here's your hand!
It's looking so much better enshrined in a shadow box.
It took just a few hours to make, the hand cost tops 5$ in materials, and you can make it cheaper using glue instead of latex, the most expensive part was the shadow box which I got unfinished at a local craft store for 8.99$.
If you liked it, I've got a much more in depth, step-by-step, picture heavy tutorial on my blog, in two parts. Feel free to take a look over there!
Part One: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-one.html
Part Two: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-2.html
I hope you enjoyed!