[This project is from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano.]
"Yes, people will think you’re weird for making this, but that’s okay!"
What you need to make this thing:
- baby doll with a hollow head
- utiity knife
- plaster of paris
- disposable cup for mixing plaster of paris and water
- craft stick or something else disposable with which to mix plaster of paris and water
- a bowl or glass to put baby head on so it doesn’t fall over
- black spray paint
- spray bottle with water in it
- gold spray paint
- Elmer’s glue or tacky glue
First you need a baby doll. I bought mine at a thrift store on half-price day. The doll has to have a hollow head because you will be filling it with plaster. I didn’t think I was going to be able do do this for a while yet, but it turns out my dad already had some plaster of paris and he gave me some. My dad is cool.
I used the scissors to cut the doll head from the cloth body, but then I had to cut some of the neck off so the head would sit steadily. For this gruesome task I used a utility knife with a locking blade.
I wonder what exactly Mark Montano has against babies.
Mix small amounts of plaster and water and pour them into the head. The damn thing was bigger than it looked, I used more than a cup of water and most of the powder. It was a little too liquidy, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Fill the head as close to the top as you can get:
The plaster set in less than an hour, but the head stayed oddly warm for a bit longer. This is when I noticed the doll had an odor of some sort. Something sweetish, probably on purpose.
Before I wiped the spilled plaster off the head I put the neck down on a piece of felt to make an imprint of the hole like so:
And I cut that out.
Clean any stray plaster drips off the head with a damp paper towel or something and take it outside with the newspaper, spray paint and spray bottle. Your spray bottle should have water in it.
First base coat the head with black. The whole spray painting thing is a pain in the ass. It would probably have been easier if I’d had something to stand the head on, but since I didn’t it was a lot of waiting for the paint to dry and moving the head again.
Also we can’t discount the nightmare factor.
Once the head is all black and dry, spray it with water and hit it with the gold paint. I did this in three coats and waited a half hour between them. That may not have been long enough.
Once the paint has dried, you’re about done, though I took the final step of coating the felt shape with glue and putting it over the neck hole.
It will take a while for the glue to dry, but this step will help keep plaster off your papers. (It’s not in the book.)
And who wouldn’t want to hold their papers down with this lovely—
time: about 24 hours, all told
cost: $14.65 US (plaster costs about eight bucks in a small container though)
injuries: none physical
You can buy this creepy fucking thing here.