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Creepy Hands
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Classic and Gothic Horror
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Approximately 3 hours
I have been wanting to try the "wire hanger/masking tape/cotton or tissue paper filler" monster hand idea ever since last Halloween. ---Finally, this past weekend, I had the opportunity to make this pair.
The scariest part? They look a lot like my own hands!!馃お 馃槻馃暩馃懟

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Lightweight, poseable, low cost

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Typical Ghoul Next Door
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ohhhh just saw these in the feed and they're FABULOUS. I love how creepy they turned out!
 

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One of the stranger things about wonderful homemade props such as these hands is that modernization is making them more difficult to make. Finding wire coat hangers is getting progressively more difficult. Plastic hangers are ubiquitous now a days, leaving wire coat hangers right next to buggy whips in the museum. We snag them whenever we can, not for our clothes, but for making props. This post shows just how useful they can be, but they sure aren't easy to come by.
 

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These are great! Did you follow a tutorial you could link or was this all just your own fabulous idea?
Thank you, Kitchenwitch329! I saw the idea in this picture from Pinterest. From that image, I tried to approximate what I thought was happening. In addition to wire hangers and tape, I used some crumpled-up paper, paper towels, or cotton balls (whatever was at hand馃槈) to fill out the joints. It also really helps to just refer to your own hands to see where everything is supposed to bend.馃憤馃巸馃樅
 

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One of the stranger things about wonderful homemade props such as these hands is that modernization is making them more difficult to make. Finding wire coat hangers is getting progressively more difficult. Plastic hangers are ubiquitous now a days, leaving wire coat hangers right next to buggy whips in the museum. We snag them whenever we can, not for our clothes, but for making props. This post shows just how useful they can be, but they sure aren't easy to come by.
Chubstuff, you are so right! In fact, I can't even think about wire hangers without being reminded of the Joan Crawford so-called biographical film "Mommie Dearest." 馃棧馃挜 "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!":ROFLMAO:
Before the Covid shutdown, I used to find them in the free bin at some of our local rummage sales. Fortunately, family/friends who typically send their clothes to the dry cleaners end up with tons of unwanted wire hangers.馃槈
 

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Chubstuff, you are so right! In fact, I can't even think about wire hangers without being reminded of the Joan Crawford so-called biographical film "Mommie Dearest." 馃棧馃挜 "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!":ROFLMAO:
Before the Covid shutdown, I used to find them in the free bin at some of our local rummage sales. Fortunately, family/friends who typically send their clothes to the dry cleaners end up with tons of unwanted wire hangers.馃槈
Ive been on a mission to find wire hangers today and kept telling myself "no wire hangers". I convidered going to the dry cleaners and trying to buy some off them. I finally settled on 17 guage wire from the hardware store
 

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One of the stranger things about wonderful homemade props such as these hands is that modernization is making them more difficult to make. Finding wire coat hangers is getting progressively more difficult. Plastic hangers are ubiquitous now a days, leaving wire coat hangers right next to buggy whips in the museum. We snag them whenever we can, not for our clothes, but for making props. This post shows just how useful they can be, but they sure aren't easy to come by.
If your needing wire hangers, check with your local dry cleaner. A lot of customers will bring in hangers for recycling. Some scan be reused, some not. Anyway they usually have some on hand that they didn't pay for and are usually good about giving some up. Or they're happy to sell you some too. The do have heavy duty ones used for heavy coat and drapes. just ask my cleaner does without any problem. I craft and need some here & there. That's my go to sorce. I worked at a cleaners for a bit.
 

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These are awesome, creepy, love them! Thanks for posting the link. I may have to make some myself.
Thank you, SomethingWicked!馃槃馃暩馃枻 You should try it! You can't really go wrong with this project. Also, it's perfect for when you really just want to kick back and watch a scary movie while multitasking.馃樃鉁(y)
 

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Hey Fraidy, did u use cream or tan spray paint for the finished hands or is that the tape ? Thanks in advance. 馃枑馃枑
Hi SomethingWicked! Actually, it's still just the masking tape.馃き馃樃 I can't decide what color to go with. Maybe grayish tones or something more humanistic? Can't decide.馃 Do you have any suggestions?
 

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Hi Fraidy, I think I'd go with something humanish. Either a natrual skin tone or grayish like u said. Unless they r on display like near a witch vignette then I'd go with green. Just wondering how spray paint would hold up on masking tape ? When I get some time I'm gonna have a go at it. Did u use any cotton? Or just tape TIA. have fun. 馃巸 Valerie
 

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Hi Fraidy, I think I'd go with something humanish. Either a natrual skin tone or grayish like u said. Unless they r on display like near a witch vignette then I'd go with green. Just wondering how spray paint would hold up on masking tape ? When I get some time I'm gonna have a go at it. Did u use any cotton? Or just tape TIA. have fun. 馃巸 Valerie
Thanks for the great suggestions! I think I'll follow your lead and go with something more human-like this time around. Then, next year, I'll make a witch and re-paint them GREEN!!馃樅馃檶
For the joints, I used a combination of cotton and crumpled paper towels or newspaper. It can be anything, really, to help add more bulk/shape.馃Щ馃樄馃檴
As for paint, I bet a fast-drying spray paint should work ok. I'll try it, and post a picture of what happens. Fingers crossed!!:ROFLMAO:馃
 
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