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Severed Finger Invitation

To invite your guests, send them a plaster cast of your own index finger, nestled on a bed of preserved reindeer moss.

Photography: William Abranowicz

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October Fall 2000


  • Mold rubber

  • Paper cup

  • Quick-drying plaster

  • India ink

  • Water

  • Natural Sponge

  • Paper

  • Small cardboard box

  • Reindeer moss

  • Silk embroidery ribbon


  1. Mix mold rubber according to package instructions, and pour into a paper cup.

  2. Insert your finger. Remove finger when the mold rubber dries (about 2 minutes).

  3. Pour quick-dry casting plaster into the mold, and allow to set overnight. Carefully remove the dried-plaster finger: This may require cutting the mold; otherwise, each mold will usually allow one or two more fingers to be cast before a new mold is required.

  4. To make your invitations truly cadaverous, mix India ink and water (1/2 teaspoon ink to 1 cup water), and dab the mixture onto the fingers using a natural sponge. Photocopy the invitation, cut out, and glue to the inside lid of a small cardboard box. Place reindeer moss in the base of the box; using silk embroidery ribbon, tie a "ribbon reminder" around the finger, and place inside the box.

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