How To: Mr. Bonehead


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DESCRIPTION

 

Mr. Bonehead was built by covering a 24 inch inflated beach with newspaper strip mache creating a large armature. The design of the face was achieved by attaching cardboard shapes to form the eye sockets, nose and jaw. Additionally crumpled newspaper was used define the brow area and add bulk and shape to the face. The project was imagined as a large skull but after completion it became apparent that the piece could be used as an over-the-head mask.

The final skull is approximately 22 inches high and 18 inches wide.

The prop started with a 24 inch diameter inflatable beach ball. The ball was coated with many layers of newspaper strips coated in a flour based papier mache paste. The piece was allowed to dry thoroughly.

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Corrugated cardboard was used to create the facial structure and jaws. The skull and the jaw were then coated with additional layers of mache and allowed to dry. Once dry the beach ball was deflated, removed and can be used again to make additional props.

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Mr. Bonehead was made primarily with the strip mache technique in order to keep the piece lightweight. Addition form was added to the forehead by using masking tape to cover crumpled pieces of newspaper. 

 

The sides of the skull were removed to allow for some addition shaping. Additional shaping was also performed on the jaw.

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The pieces were again covered with strip mache and allowed to dry. A small amount of homemade papier mache clay was used to add some texture and additional details. The use of clay was kept to a minimum to keep the skull/mask lightweight.

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Eyeballs were created by using the bottom half of a large Easter Egg. The shell was painted white then a pupil designed in Photoshop was printed onto plain paper, cut out then glued to the eyeball. Acrylic was applied to the eyeballs to add some shine.

 

Note that the eyeballs were designed to be detachable.

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Once the papier mache clay dried the entire piece was painted with a coat of flat black exterior latex then white latex primer was dry brushed over the black to highlight textures.

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