Animating Manikins: The dark hero Lysis reanimated the skeletons and armatures of Doctor Grave's Dissection Theater to form his undead troop, the Red Horde (image below). Motivated to integrate the mysterious fruit/orchard themes littering the book (the presence of which will be explained in the sequel) with this Horde led me to literally mix (1) apple-head crafts with (2) art manikins. The results are...
- Skin an apple; for a spooky effect, leave some slivers of skin on the face to mimic scars
- Carve into a shape such that, when dried, will resemble a head
- Ensure it can be mounted to a doll or art manikin; for the art manikin route, carve a hole in the under side of the apple so that it can become a "helmet"--for a tight fit, allow the apple to dry on the manikin head.
- Decorate with paint, needles, toothpicks, etc. ; Simple PVA glue makes for good drool!