How To: Marsha


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Marsha was an experiment in redesigning a cheap plastic blow molded skeleton commonly referred to as a “blucky.” The process involved cutting apart the original skeleton then using several different papier mache techniques to create new facial and torso features. The eyeballs were made from polymer clay. The clothing was purchased from a thrift store and distressed using a belt sander, blow torch and paint.


The process started by using a sharp blade to cut away the eye sockets and an opening in the mouth then filling the skull with crumpled newspaper.

Homemade papier mache clay was used to build new facial features such as cheekbones, nose and chin.

Eyeballs were created from polymer clay formed around a ball of tinfoil. The pupil and iris are a design printed on paper and glued to the clay eyeball.

The arms and hands were also modified using a sharp blade. The hands were cut in half then galvanized utility wire was glued to each finger allowing them to be bent and retain the pose. Multiple layers of papier mache strips were applied over the arms and hands.

Creative Paperclay was used to smooth out the facial features and add detail.

The torso was created by adding homemade papier mache clay to the plastic body creating breasts and an exaggerated and stylized ribcage.