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Looks really good as is, but if it was me, I'd add some darker brown almost black paint - maybe eve a touch of green here and there - over the body/face, so it gets into the low areas, then while it is still wet, use an old rag/towels to clear off or blot the excess paint off the high points. You want to soften the areas/blend it so there's no hard lines or areas where it looks "painted."

Could then use a sponge with some off white/yellows to lightly highlight the really high areas - small sponge, dipped into the light paint, then blot it on a towel so it's got just a very small amount, then tap gently at the high areas, and have a clean sponge to lightly blend (I'd do the "poncing" effect to get it to look natural).

The darker color in the recessed areas with a bit of highlights in the high areas will really bring out the details while making it look more aged and creepy.
 

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I'm not a fan of the plastic wrap method. Doesn't look realistic to me. I used the panty hose & liquid latex Looks much more like dry skin over the bones & you can cut out area to expose the bones underneath. The "wench" has no added color. The other two I used saddle tan leather antique dye from Tandy.
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Looks really good as is, but if it was me, I'd add some darker brown almost black paint - maybe eve a touch of green here and there - over the body/face, so it gets into the low areas, then while it is still wet, use an old rag/towels to clear off or blot the excess paint off the high points. You want to soften the areas/blend it so there's no hard lines or areas where it looks "painted."

Could then use a sponge with some off white/yellows to lightly highlight the really high areas - small sponge, dipped into the light paint, then blot it on a towel so it's got just a very small amount, then tap gently at the high areas, and have a clean sponge to lightly blend (I'd do the "poncing" effect to get it to look natural).

The darker color in the recessed areas with a bit of highlights in the high areas will really bring out the details while making it look more aged and creepy.
Thankyou I’ll have to try those methods! I added some black already but I’ll have to sponge some yellow on it.
 

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Stretch the pantyhose over the skeleton & use 2 or 3 coats of liquid latex. One thing to remember though. You'll need to position the jaw where you want & pose any joints (knees/elbows) the way you want them to be. Partly because of the pantyhose reinforcement. It doesn't stretch real well in those areas.
 

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Stretch the pantyhose over the skeleton & use 2 or 3 coats of liquid latex. One thing to remember though. You'll need to position the jaw where you want & pose any joints (knees/elbows) the way you want them to be. Partly because of the pantyhose reinforcement. It doesn't stretch real well in those areas.
I’ve heard liquid latex gets expensive, how much do you say you’ve spent on one Skeleton?
 

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It doesn't take that much. You can do different areas & not the whole thing if you're going to put some type of costume on them. I buy it by the gallon on ebay & it's about $60 a gal.
 

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HillStreet - Looks great, I'm a big fan of the plastic drop cloth corpsing. Each one just gets better as you learn and pick up tricks from the previous.

On the next one, you could experiment with modelers air dry clay and make eviler eye sockets and more prominent cheekbones. Remove a few teeth and make that skelly look like it is not so dang happy being dead.
 

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HillStreet - Looks great, I'm a big fan of the plastic drop cloth corpsing. Each one just gets better as you learn and pick up tricks from the previous.

On the next one, you could experiment with modelers air dry clay and make eviler eye sockets and more prominent cheekbones. Remove a few teeth and make that skelly look like it is not so dang happy being dead.
I was thinking of that, I thought my skull didn’t have much shape. Didn’t think to use clay though, seems fun.
 

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Adding to what Rumsfield said, if you replace the teeth completely and epoxy in better ones it really adds to the realism. Just grind off the old teeth with a Dremel, tack the new ones in place with some hot glue, then coat the back of them with 5 minute epoxy, pushing it a little in between the teeth a little and spreading it down about 1/4 inch on the inside of the jaws. I didn't use plastic to corpse this one, but it is made on the same type of skeleton. Looks so much better with new teeth...
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I would shoot some window and door great stuff foam into his abdomen as guts. It only expands to half an inch do it should look like dried out entrails. Then add nose hair. That will unhinge people because it looks like a real dried human husk.
 

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Adding to what Rumsfield said, if you replace the teeth completely and epoxy in better ones it really adds to the realism. Just grind off the old teeth with a Dremel, tack the new ones in place with some hot glue, then coat the back of them with 5 minute epoxy, pushing it a little in between the teeth a little and spreading it down about 1/4 inch on the inside of the jaws. I didn't use plastic to corpse this one, but it is made on the same type of skeleton. Looks so much better with new teeth... View attachment 727224
Great technique, that skull looks awesome.
 
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