You thought I was done mutilating Barbies after Cthulhu didn't you?
Yeah, me too.
But here we are again, with something a bit cliched perhaps but also an excuse to use all my learned knowledge from the few years of being in a Halloween club.
It began, as all unholy acts do, with a trip to WalMart. There were a lot of various Barbies with weird things already adhered to their midsection as they proclaimed themselves princess of the ballet and Grand Wizard of the Empire but I needed a simple one with as little clothing as possible so I'd have one hell of a challenge on my hands.
The first thing I did was take an exacto blade to her face and chop up her jaw and remove an eye. I then proceeded to do something you must never ever EVER attempt.
I gave Barbie a jawbone.
But you still want to know how, don't you? Fine. Take polymer clay, carefully attempt to measure how to fit it inside. Fail miserably. Take a vague guess and using dentist tools etch out teeth.
Now attempt to pop open Barbie's face while inserting your freakishly modeled teeth cursing to every god you can think of and creating a few new ones for good measure.
Eventually I broke down and got out the industrial epoxy. This is the shit that you have to mix together and will be making an appearance later. I didn't want to coat her entire face in it but I had no choice, the teeth kept trying to migrate away from their designated hole.
A combination of gravity, sheer will power and threats with a sand blaster finally got them to stay in place.
You'll probably also notice her motley skin. That's courtesy of a dremel which I also used for unholy deeds. Don't worry, you'll see.
You can also see that I'd etched out some ribs with the dremel oh and stupidly started latexing.
For anyone who really wants to try this madness this is where I get my latex by the gallon. And that link should help to explain why I am the way that I am.
It keeps fairly well, though I'm always reconstituting it with water when it starts to get too thick (which happened midway through ZomBarbie).
Anyway, I had an epiphany to make ZomBarbie's undeath easier and painted her skin red BEFORE latexing.
The hope was that doing a bit of work ahead of time will save on painting problems later. I honestly have no idea if it helped or not. I always have painting problems.
All the fun parts are done, now to get down to the bones of slowly, dangerously adding scraps of latex coated paper towel to her skin.
I honest to cheese used a set of dental picks to carefully shred the edges and press it in to place. The biggest problem with latex is you get it on your warm fingers, it hardens and is soon sticking all over the place. But with tools you only have to deal with that problem about 10% of the time.
Seriously, if you're going to try this get dental picks. Life and madness saver.
I did her in a lot of stages, far more than Cthulhu. It was a lot of waiting for one section to dry, putting on a few more, rinse, repeat. Beat back the unholy horde.
Then, for the mottled and undead look I got to use, I swear this is true, Santa's Flesh color. I thinned it with water and mooshed it around and it gave the perfect look of "Dear God What Is That?!"
The final touch was adding the blood. A fun trick I learned with my giant wooden sword to create permanent blood pools is to use that 5 minute epoxy. Just swirl it together with a toothpick, add a few drops of red dye or paint and gloop it all over whatever you want to look horrifying. It'll harden, be goopy looking, but also eerily reflective.
Anyway, that out to do it. Now we have ZomBarbie, easy peasy.
I went a bit crazy on the back and created a spine with the latex even though it's completely covered by her hair. Oh well, I know it's there.
What's the point of having two horrific monsters in doll form if not to pose them together?