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 knuckles
Knuckles beefed up!
Now with a newspaper & tape forearm
And here's the beef!
Plastic nails were added
And 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!
Now that's my type of craft! Lovely work on this one.
To get an antique, dusty, mummified look, when the varnish is still tacky, I smother the object in ashes (not charcoal, mind you; good ol' grey, dusty, light ashes) and rub/brush off the excess. That way, you get a matte finish except on certain raised surfaces you rub a bit more, and it looks like centuries old dust has settled in the cracks of the object.
You can see an example of this on my feejee mermaid tutorial!
Well, I wasn't totally satisfied, I couldn't manage to put hair on it, and I broke the mold. Derp.
So when, last week, I got my wisdom teeth removed, I decided to start a new one while I recovered, and really document the whole process. I also made the mold stronger and of a better quality, so I can pull many latex copies, and perhaps sell those some day.
Ok, so I'm working on my first solo art show, which will happen this november in a dark, crummy little bar, no less!
Most of works featured will be satirical in nature, and mostly inspired by classical or religious imagery, with a creepy little twist from yours truly.
Here's three that I consider to be a satire of christendom, or mostly, of what the twisted minds of corrupt men made of christianity. Thus, those who might take offense, rest assured that it is not a mockery of christianity (I myself am a baptised catholic), but mostly a statement directed at the hypocrisy that once controlled the head of the church, and the iconography commonly accepted for religious figures, which don't always make sense when you think of it.