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How to Make your own Rotting Skull - The Monster Makers

Here is a fun and quick method for creating your own lifelike, movie quality rotting skull.
By Arnold Goldman of The Monster Makers.

Tutorial: Learn how it's done in 12 simple steps.

 
Tutorial: Learn how it's done in 12 simple steps.

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Stage 1:
You'll need a few basic items: 1 generic Halloween Skull, Mask Latex, 1 set of Acrylic Eyes, One Upper and one lower set of Acrylic Teeth, Selection of Mask Paint, Paper Towelling and two disposable brushes. Don’t forget Dalchem is your one stop shop for Rotting Skull and Monster Making supplies in Australia.

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Stage 2:
I begin by removing the eyes of a cheap plastic skull. Any reasonably good plastic skull will work fine. You can make your Rotting Skull without eyes, but using a decent set of doll eyes adds character.

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Stage 3:
I then replace the cheap eyes with a better set using some of the wax to hold them in. The moulded teeth also look cheesy so you will replace them with a set of realistic teeth, which are normally used to make dentures. I use a large, dark set.

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Stage 4:
To adhere the teeth I shape some soft wax into a long noodle and press it on. We will need one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. I arrange the teeth one at a time making sure they do not look too perfect.

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Stage 5.
In the next step, they skull gets a coating of the Mask Latex. Once the first coating of Mask Latex is on, I adhere a section of paper towel and the latex will become the rotting skin area of the skull. Now the fun begins!

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Stage 6:
I continue adding paper towelling and the Mask Latex until the skin is covered. I then begin to disturb and rub the towel and latex to create an irregular surface and add more pieces to build up areas as needed. The latex will dry fast.

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Stage 7.
Once the skull looks satisfactory, I use a hair dryer to speed things up. You can also add more latex and towelling until you achieve the look you want. There is really no way to make a mistake. The more messed up the better!

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Stage 8.
Once the latex is dry, it is time to apply the bas colour. I choose a dark brown Mask Paint. Mask Paint is ideal because it sticks like glue to the Latex. The skull is completely covered including eyes.

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Stage 9.
Once dry, I lightly brush a lighter colour over the surface.

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Stage 10.
The trick is to put only a small amount of the Mask Paint on the brush which causes all the details to pop put as the contrasting colour is applied.

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Stage 11.
The last step is to apply the hair with some Latex. And here is the final gruesome transformation for your Rotting Skull effect!

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Stage 12.
We took an ordinary, cheesy skull and turned it into a gruesome rotting head. With Dalchem at your side you too can create your own lifelike, movie quality Rotting Skull. Perfect for any home or commercial haunted attraction!

Want to Learn more? For more detailed information about monster making, order the Mask Makers Handbook from Dalchem. This guide features step-by-step tutorials for making masks in a simple and easy-to-read format.