I have seen a few post on skeleton hands so I thought I'd post how I create my undead paws. This is my first tutorial so if I missed steps or you have questions just let me know. This is how I make my hands.
Things you will need
Some scrap foam
Paint ( Various types) I use Drylock to seal the foam but a latex based paint can be used.
Band saw or a blade ( I used a band saw and a hack saw blade)
A heat source . I used a wood burner. ( Caution Burning or melting Foam is toxic and you should only do this out doors in a well ventilated space)
Step 1) Trace your own paw on a piece of foam and cut it out.
Step 2 ) I cut the foam into two pieces so I have a top and bottom of the hand.
Step 3) Take the dowels and cut them into segments that resemble your own fingers. For example measure the length of a knuckle to knuckle and cut the dowel and than hot glue them into place.
I will cut each knuckle at an angel like 35 or 45 degree depending on the look I'm going for.
Step 4) You will see how I assembled mine here.
Step 5) Take the piece of foam you cut in half and hot glue it over the lower portion. Then draw some crude bone type look on it.
Step 6) Once you get the two pieces together it's time to start the heat process again I used a wood burner ( Use caution as burning or melting foam is Toxic!)
Once completed you should have something like this
Step 7) Start up some detail with Hot glue add knuckles some bone detail just add what looks good to you.
should end up with something close to this
Step 8) Paint them. I start with some Drylock allow it to dry than I primer them with some black and highlight with white to give a grey dead look but be creative and do your own thing.
I hope you like this and if you have any questions feel free to ask.