- Skeleton hands/groundbreaking hands. I have a pile from after halloween sales. I'm always using them.
- Two sections of PVC pipe
- Spray starch, the heavy kind. You can get it at the dollar store.
- 8 sq feet of cheesecloth. I had to buy two packages of 4 sq.
- A balloon
- A garden stake
- Black spray paint.
The joint has four openings and is 1/2 inch. I needed something to easily take in the hands that I secured with hot glue but not too large. I also added another pipe to create a neck. Just jam some sections together in the hardware store until it all fits.
Once that's dry, blow up the balloon a little under the size of the cowl you want. Anchor it to the neck with scotch tape. Make sure to really anchor the back and front as adding the cheesecloth will cause it to droop/list.
I also made some tin foil folds and taped those on top of the balloon to really give that cowl shape.
There are a billion different ways to go about hardening cheesecloth from wood glue and water to your own cornstarch. What I liked about the spray stuff is that I had a good control. If something wasn't still enough I could go back over it and spray it again. And you will, over and over. At least three or four heavy sprayings to get it done.
This is the creative and exhausting part where you cut up pieces of cloth, drape it over the frame and spray it. Then repeat until you have something you like.
If you wanted a white ghost your work is almost done, but if you wanted black it's time to crack open the spray paint.
I worked the outer edges, especially hardening the cowl. I needed that dry and crusty before the last step.
Once you trust the structural support of the head, it's time. Pop the balloon. It will deflate some but it's no problem. Just pop the head back into place and hose down the inside with black spray paint.
You should wind up with something like this.