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Project

Halloween Head

Introduction

Make a scary outdoor creature decoration using this how-to from artist Tim Murton.

Tools and Materials

  • 12-gauge (or more flexible) fencing wire
  • Floral wire
  • Simple chicken wire
  • Vice grips
  • Wire cutters
  • Cotton cheesecloth
  • Weldbond universal glue
  • Chip brush
  • Tissue paper

Halloween Head How-To

  1. Make three identical circles and one slightly smaller circle out of fencing wire. Attach the three circles together at one point by wrapping with floral wire. Twist the two ends of the floral wire together with vice grips to secure. (Tip: Hand-twist floral wire, then tighten with vice grips until ends snap off. This will leave barbs, which will come in handy when layering cheesecloth.)
  2. Separate and turn the circles to make a sphere; secure with more floral wire. Place the smaller circle over the top of the sphere for the crown; secure with floral wire.
  3. With one long piece of fencing wire, make two loops for eye sockets, leaving the ends of the wire pointing up to make horns. Wire into place between middle circle and upper smaller crown circle.
  4. Mold chicken wire over crown of head and secure with floral wire.
  5. Place the cheesecloth over the wire frame and brush with glue. Add more coats as necessary, allowing glue to dry between coats. After the cheesecloth is completely dry, apply tissue paper with glue where desired.

Resources

Weldbond universal glue from Speedy Products.