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Far Away Eyes
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Got a start today on the Forbidden Tiki Island, our theme for 2015, by putting together this wreath. The base is a super-large pine wreath on clearance right now at Michaels. Then, I attached stems of tropical leaves that I found at Dollar Tree. The mask was a yard sale find about a year ago, with pheasant feathers for its headdress and a DT grass skirt attached at the chin. I am thinking of adding some peacock feathers to add some height to the headdress, but will save that for closer to display time so they won't get crushed in storage. I also added some purple battery-operated LED lights that I just found at 75% off at Big Lots. It felt so good to get started this weekend. More to come.

 

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Far Away Eyes
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I was inspired while watching the Seahawks play football the other day, ;) and decided to make this bird skull out of modeling clay. It is going to be a necklace for my witch doctor this year. I added some paint and it looks pretty bone-like to me now. I may make some more bones to string along with it too. Just thought I would share what I have so far and get any ideas anyone else may have.



 

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Headless Hessian
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they both look fantastic, PIB. Can't wait to follow along to see how you make this theme come to life for this year. Great work !
 

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I was inspired while watching the Seahawks play football the other day, ;) and decided to make this bird skull out of modeling clay. It is going to be a necklace for my witch doctor this year. I added some paint and it looks pretty bone-like to me now. I may make some more bones to string along with it too. Just thought I would share what I have so far and get any ideas anyone else may have.



I've been meaning to do this to make some skulls for my witch's jewelry.
 

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Wow PIB, you've got a great start going! I love the wreath (so inspired) and the bird skull necklace, it looked fantastic. Great job on that! I used boiled chicken bones on my voodoo necklace...just thigh and leg bones and a little peroxide to bleach them out. (Plus, you can make a great chicken casserole or chicken salad with the chicken meat. It's a win/win!)
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Far Away Eyes
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Pumpkin5, thanks for posting the photo of all your fantastic creations! Your necklace is the kind of look I am going for, so I appreciate the guidance. My 6.5-foot-tall mannequin is going to be the witch doctor this year. I have a mask and some grass skirts, and will be working on whatever else he should wear. This is Manny, as we have come to call him:



And here is the mask I plan on using.

 

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A Wee Bit Wicked
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:) Manny is impressive, and I love the mask that he will wear as the witch doctor! The chicken bones for a necklace are simple. Just boil the legs and thighs, then pick the meat off. Scrub the bones clean and then just put them in a jar and fill with peroxide. It will take a couple of hours and then I just rinse them and let them dry. You can leave them plain or paint them. I used them on the necklace and hatband for PapaV. You could make them yourself out of clay, but why would you? Real bone is ever so much more appealing and it is perfectly formed.:D I can't wait to see your haunt evolve, and all the ideas you come up with along the way. This is a great thread to watch!;)
 

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You have a mannequin? I'm so jealous! I love your post on your bird skull. Something I totally would be doing in January with my husband groaning in the background, "For crying out loud, it's January." Can't wait to see your party come along.

Pumpkin5, thanks for posting the photo of all your fantastic creations! Your necklace is the kind of look I am going for, so I appreciate the guidance. My 6.5-foot-tall mannequin is going to be the witch doctor this year. I have a mask and some grass skirts, and will be working on whatever else he should wear. This is Manny, as we have come to call him:

 
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