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« on: August 15, 2009 06:42:14 AM »

I love shrunken heads. I really do. These little guys are creepy, look great, and have that mysterious tribal vibe to them. And let's face it, they are damn cute. And after reading my 1925 copy of Up de Graff's Head Hunters of the Amazon, I decided I just HAD to have one.

Of course, buying a real shrunken head is out of my price range, but I wanted my own little tsantsa, and there is no better way to get something than to make it yourself.

So I made one! and I named him steve! yay!

he's made out of latex, and stuffed with cotton batting. He was colored the traditional way; rubbed with charcoal until he was suitably dark. He was cast from a plaster mold taken from a sulfur-free, oil-based clay sculpture.

I still have to find a way to give him hair; since punching hair into slip latex is a pain in the ass, I'll probably make him a li'l wig.

thanks for watching! more details and a picture of the sculpture on my blog: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.com/2009/08/tsantsa-from-clay-to-shrunken-head.html

« Last Edit: August 15, 2009 06:42:56 AM by ars_anima » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009 06:49:30 AM »

That is so freakin' awesome!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009 09:37:58 AM »

 Grin Wow - these would be fantastic for Halloween decorations - but look to be very time consuming! Fantastic - it looks totally realistic  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2009 01:23:58 PM »

OK, wow.  Just wow.

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009 06:46:53 AM »

another stellar job, ars

this rocks for sure, button pressed Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009 07:17:47 AM »

thanks folks!

hippiejo74: Actually, once the sculpture and mold are done, you can make a bunch of copies in a relatively short amount of time! (not taking into consideration the time it takes for the latex to cure, of course.)

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