Easy-to-Make Skeleton Hands

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Easy-to-Make Skeleton Hands
Use an easy method and cheap materials to make your own skeletal hand decorations. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Make a pair of skeleton hands to add to a full-skeleton Halloween decoration, or to have a pair of ghoulish disembodied hands. The technique for making these hands is simple, as long as you have the materials that you need. Self-drying moulding clay is used to make the bones, which you can find at the craft store, and you probably already have the rest of the required materials. A photo of the bones in the human hand will help you make it look realistic.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Coat hanger
  • Pliers
  • Beads (1/2-inch width and smaller)
  • Masking tape
  • Self-drying moulding clay
  • Picture of a skeleton hand
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge

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    Trace around the edge of your hand on a piece of paper to get the right shape and size. Unbend the wire coat hanger with the pliers. Bend the coat hanger into fingers that fit over the traced hand with the ends of the wire extending 3 or 4 inches from the wrist.

  2. 2

    Feed the ends of the fingers through a 1/2-inch-wide round bead down to the bases of all four fingers to form the knuckles. Add two to the thumbs to make the two joints for the thumbs. Slip two round beads smaller than 1/2-inch wide on each finger where the other joints would be on real fingers, about 1/3 of the way from the tips of the fingers to the knuckles.

  3. 3

    Wrap masking tape tightly around the wires of the fingers to hold them together, all the way down to where the bends for the fingers stop.

  4. 4

    Cover the fingers with white self-drying moulding clay to form the finger bones along the taped wires and around the beads. Use a picture of a skeleton hand as a model for forming the bones into the right shapes. Wait 24 to 48 hours for the clay to dry.

  5. 5

    Mix black and brown acrylic paint with water until it is diluted. Dip a sponge into the paint and dab it on the knuckles to make the bones look old. Wait an hour for the paint to dry.

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