|We'll be looking at two different construction methods.
Method 1 utilizes poultry screen (chicken wire), duct tape, and newspaper for the torso.
Method 2 employs rolled up newspaper and duct tape almost exclusively for the torso.
| Newspaper, paper towel, duct tape, chicken wire, wire coat hangers
|Believe it or not, cheap black duct tape from Big Lots works really well. If you decide on chicken wire for your torso, it comes in rolls at any home improvement store.
|Latex carpet adhesive or
|As much as S. Blue owes to gold old carpet glue, he's moved on. We're now big believers in Elmer's Glue. It's great for paper mache, it dries hard, it's fairly rugged, and best of all you don't have that tacky latex feel.
A foam wig stand or a plastic skull or a cheap foam skull (or paper mache)
|If you want to get right to the fun stuff and don't really feel like sculpting a face out of a foam wig stand, get a plastic or foam skull (or two or three). The cheap foam skulls I found at Walgreens during Halloween, but plastic skulls can be found year-round at Anatomical Chart Company. Big Lots is a good source for foam skulls during the Halloween season.
Or why not make your own paper mache skulls?
|Flat latex paint
|Visit your local specialty paint store (Porter Paints, Sherwin Williams), or home improvement center and ask them for mismatched paint. Tans, browns, and greens are good, and you can usually score them for less than $5.00/gallon. Ask nicely and they may even add some tint for you to get the color closer to something really icky.
|Scrap plywood, 1x2 or 1x4 scraps, a bit of plywood, and wood screws
|If you don't have any scrap wood, then go to the closest lumber yard and ask for "ferring strips". These are usually 8' 1x2 - 1x4 boards of really poor quality (cheap!). We used 1' x 1' squares of plywood for our base, but you can substitute a few pieces of scrap nailed together to save on cost.
| Hot glue & glue gun (for making teeth and fingernails), clothing
|Recycle that button-down shirt with the yellow collar that's been hanging in the closet since 1989. You can also try an old sport coat and a tie. Who doesn't have a tie that'd look better on a corpse than on you? Alternatively, Good Will or Salvation Army is always a treasure trove of corpse clothes.
|Acryllic floor sealer or cheap deck sealer
|Any home improvement store.