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Shrunken Doll Heads

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Even though Halloween is in the fall, spring is the best time to start planning. Plenty of time to shop thrift stores and garage sale for appropriate items, and I can work on the crafty stuff while glamping.

In anticipation of making a “Head Shrinker” costume for our next Halloween concert, I started shopping doll heads in the spring.

Since the costume will be worn at a concert for children, I wanted shrunken heads that are not too gross or scary.

Large second hand stores have rows and rows of dolls to choose from.
I was lucky enough to find appropriate subjects in new condition.

I put the dolls and some craft supplies in a bag and took it glamping. Sitting under the camper awning with my coffee, I took a good look at the dolls, my supplies, and came up with a plan.

The first thing I did was snap the heads off at the neck and put the bodes back in the bag. this took a little effort but was not hard. Yes, it did make a nice snapping sound.

My dolls had painted faces, I knew once they were covered in goop they would not have any definition so I decided to poke some eye sockets into them with a punch tool. When I pulled out the punch tool, the plastic went back to its original position – almost immediately. #UGH

I had some spent 22 shells in my metal detecting finds pouch so I used them to shape the holes and I set them in the hot sun for the day. At this point my husband looked at what I was doing and gave me a funny look, not funny “ha ha”, funny “WTF”. I told him these are for [my psychiatrist friend], she’ll vouch for me if I’m arrested. Although, I’m quite sure when I post this on my blog for the world to see, it will send up some red flags at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. ESPECIALLY if they see the Valkyrie Costume where I plucked the feathers out of angel wings and cut the wings off Christmas doves.

Roadblock:

When I was surfing Pintrest for ideas, all the really good looking ones were painted dark. I liked that “rotten” look and decided to mix some black chalkboard paint with some Mod Podge. It looked great when it was wet, it had a “gooey” look and the color was varied enough to look rotten.

BUT – When it dried it looked inappropriately like black-face. Totally not what I was going for! After having an “oh poop” moment, I retreated to my craft room to see what I had to change the look. I had some metallic paints so I grabbed a gold bottle and went to work. MUCH better! Bronze or copper would have probably worked too. Be sure to let me know what color comb you used in the comments.

Shrunken Heads

These creepy shrunken heads are made from doll heads found at second hand stores or a dollar store. You should find six (or as many as you want to make) the same size or similar size. They should have enough hair to ponytail at the top of the head and the material should NOT be brittle or ceramic.
Total Time2 d
Course: crafts
Cuisine: Halloween
Keyword: Creepy, Doll Head, Dollar Store, Halloween, Head Hunter, Second Hand, Shrunken Heads
Servings: 6 Shrunken Heads
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: < $10

Equipment

  • Awl or Punch Tool
  • Brush for Mod Podge
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sponge Brush

Ingredients

Thrift or Dollar Store

  • 6 Doll Heads of same or similar size

Craft Supplies

  • 1 Roll Jute Twine
  • 1 Stick Hot Glue
  • 1 Bottle Mod Podge
  • 1 Bottle Mat Black Craft Paint I used chalkboard style
  • 1 Bottle Metallic Craft Paint Bronze, Copper, or Gold
  • Tacky Glue

Household Items

  • Facial Tissue or Toilet Paper White
  • Paper Plates

Instructions

Prep Doll Heads

  • Break Head from Body. Save the body parts for other projects.
  • Clean the grime off the doll head. A little rubbing alcohol will work. If your dolls were extra loved in it's previous life a good scrub with Dawn, then a thorough rinse might work better.
  • Hair: Ponytail the dolls hair on top of the head so that when it hangs from the hair, the face looks out not down. Use rubber bands or wire ties, whatever you have handy. It will be covered later. Doing this first gives you something to hold onto for the rest of the project, and keeps the hair out of the Mod Podge and paint.
  • The head needs exaggerated eyes, nose, and mouth so when all the goop is added it still has depth.
  • Eyes: You will need divots for the eye sockets. If your doll's eyes are separate parts carefully remove them so you can use them for other projects. If the eyes are painted use an awl to poke eye holes into the head.
  • The plastic will want to return to it's original shape. Find something to put in the holes and set in the sun for a day or two. I used spent 22 shells, leaving my husband questioning my intentions. These will be removed before the Mod Podge steps.
  • Mouth: If your doll has painted or small mouth, use the hot glue gun and add a single line of glue to shape the lips. Don't worry about detail, they just need to stick out from the head so when all the goop is applied there is a protruding line where the mouth should be.

"Shrink" the Heads

  • Tear up the tissue or TP into random shapes between quarter and half dollar size. and set aside.
  • If you trained the plastic by leaving something poked in the eyes, remove them now.
  • Put some Mod Podge on a paper plate, Brush the doll head with the Mod Podge and press in the tissue pieces, working in sections and overlapping tissue. Cover the whole head, being careful not to get any goop in the hair. Be sure to press in the eyes so that they are covered but are sunken in. (there sould not be a hole showing, just an indent.)
  • Once the doll head is covered in tissue brush another layer of Mod Podge over all the tissue is there are no dry areas. Hang from hair to dry, or set on edge of plate resting on hair so wet Mod Podge does not stick to other things.
  • When the heads are completely dry use an Exacto Knife to trim any excess tissue around the hair line.
  • Mix some Mod Podge and black craft paint at a 50/50 ratio on a paper plate. Paint the doll heads covering all the white tissue. Let dry.
  • The dry head should not have any "white" showing but should also not be heavy black. Touch up and trim where needed.
  • Using a dry sponge brush lightly brush some metallic paint over the black areas so the black is still showing and the metallic is just highlighting the details to give your dead head some life.
  • Tie enough jute twine to each pony tail so that the knot looks rustic and there is enough twine hanging to tie the group together later. About 18" of twine works but don't worry about making them all match.
  • Unravel a section of jute twine to make 5 thin pieces of jute with a knot for each head. I cut long sections and tied several knots then cut them appart. Leaving a little extra on each piece to trim to size later.
  • Tacky glue a knot to each eye socket, and 3 knots to each doll's lips. Set asside to dry completely.
  • Trim the eye and lip knots to desired lengths.
  • Tie all the heads into a group with a simple knot so they can be untied if decorating needs change.

Notes

I covered a TV tray with foil to do this project without making a big mess.

Music: Good for the Soul

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Keep the music alive!

In 2018, you can give beginning August 1st until 5 pm on September 14th

I played the flute from 5th grade until I graduated from High School, then played in the Bishop California Community Band a couple times right out of high school. I moved to Jackson for a summer in 1980 and stayed, life, work, family, children, and Jackson Hole activities filling my life and my flute collecting dust in the closet.

In 2004 I was sitting in the stands at my son’s little league game. One of the other moms, Nancy Ninnemann, who I also know from Boy Scouts, was talking about paying the flute. I told her I played the flute in High School, she immediately said “why aren’t you in the Community Band”. After a bit of arm twisting I agreed to come to a rehearsal.

I had not played with an organized group in almost 25 years and had not played more than a few notes in 20 years. I pulled my flute out of the closet and put it together. The Cork on the head joint was loose but it still worked and I could play a scale from memory. Remembering how to play it was like riding a bicycle, no problem. However remembering how to read music proved to be a bit more challenging, I pulled out my fingering chart and went to rehearsal a couple days later.

When I arrived at rehearsal there were about 30ish musicians there, other than Nancy I only knew one other person, Cecilia Bellinghiere, also from Boy Scouts. Nancy had a chair and stand ready for me, and when I sat down she handed me a folder of music. OMG! What did I get myself into? Lots and lots of lines and black dots, I was completely overwhelmed. I looked at Nancy and said “Middle line is a B, right?”.

One of the pieces we rehearsed that night was The Liberty Bell by John Phillip Sousa… lots of black dots were on the page. I must have had the ‘deer in the headlights’ look on my face, Nancy assured me I would recognize the tune. We began… the Monty Python Theme! And right where the Monty Python Theme stops and spits a raspberry the conductor, Don Cushman, stopped us. If I had only known these people like I do now I would have filled in the empty air with the classic raspberry.

I practiced often that spring, windows open, torturing my husband and neighbors. I remember after a week or so my husband comment that it’s starting to sound like music. YAY, it was coming back. I went to a few more rehearsals, performed in a parade, a concert, then summer break. During the break I sent my flute at a shop for a tune up.

Even though there was a near 25 year break all that knowledge was still there. The marches on little pieces of paper are harder to see than I remember, I have to blow up them to read the notes. Playing pieces I had memorized in high school was a little weird too. I would get to a part I still remembered then lose where I was on the music in front of me. Within a year I purchased a metal piccolo for parades, eventually becoming 2nd piccolo, and roping my husband into pulling the band on a trailer in the local parades. In 2012 we lost our primary piccolo player, Norma Foster, to cancer, I moved to her chair, I think about her often and always try to live up to her example.

It’s 2018, I have two jobs, a weekend ski pass, my husband and I spend most summer weekends in our RV, we fish, bicycle, and I have band. I’m the Librarian, Vice President, the JHCB Website Administrator, and a much better musician than I was in high school. As busy as my life is, I can not imagine my life without music, music is good for the soul. And the friends I have made in Community Band are like an extended family.

Did this make you reminisce about your years in High School or College Band? Do you miss a life with music in it? Why aren’t you in the Jackson Hole Community Band? Rehearsals are 7pm at the Center for the Arts, in the performing arts wing. Dust off your instrument and join us. Don’t live in Jackson Hole? Many towns have a community band, do an internet search and see what’s near you.

Halloween Concert 2017 Flute Section: Sammy Douville, Noah Osnos, Anna Senecal, Nancy Ninnemann , Holly Balogh, Julie Wilson

Keep the music alive!

Please remember us at Old Bills 2018.

In 2018, you can give  beginning August 1st until 5 pm on September 14th. We hope you can join us Saturday, September 8th, for Old Bill’s at the Jackson Town Square!

What is Old Bills?

We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Thank you from all of the Jackson Hole Community Band Members.

2018 – 2019 Season

  • Old Bills Fun Run
  • Oktoberfest
  • Halloween Concert
  • Tuba Christmas
  • Holiday Concert
  • Wyoming Special Olympics – 50 Years!
  • Spring Concert
  • Old West Days Parade
  • Independence Day Parade & Lions Club Breakfast Concert
  • Jackson Lake Lodge Patriotic Concert

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Easy Cousin It

Monday, January 1st, 2018

or Herbie vs. Cousin It

I had to keep Cousin it locked away in a closet for Halloween until he made an appearance with the Jackson Hole Community Band at their annual Concert for the Kids.

Where’s Cousin It?

Easy Cousin It

This super easy Cousin It Halloween prop is a hit whenever he shows up for an event.
Assembly Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: crafts
Cuisine: Halloween
Keyword: Addams Family, Cousin It, Crafts, Decorations, Halloween, Props, TV
Servings: 1 Cousin It
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: < $25

Ingredients

  • 1 Wire Tomato Cage NOT Plastic
  • 1 box Plastic Wrap
  • 2 – 3 Hula Skirts Buy in spring at Dollar Store or Amazon has them year round.
  • 1 – 4 Wire Tie From your junk drawer.
  • 1 Derby Hat
  • 1 Child's Sunglasses Buy in spring at Dollar Store or Amazon has them year round.

Instructions

  • Turn the tomato cage upside down and bend down the stakes.
  • Wrap the cage in plastic wrap.
  • Wrap the hula skirts around the cage. If the cage is taller than the skirt is long start low and use wire ties to hold in place. Use enough skirts to cover with a full head of ‘hair’. They are only a buck, don’t be stingy.
  • Use wire tie to secure ends to top.
  • Place hat on top.
  • Place glasses appropriately, it can be stuck through the plastic wrap or taped to it.

Notes

Keep the cuz out of your cat’s reach. I proudly put my new decoration on the kitchen table and went to get my camera, I came back to a hula mess on the kitchen floor. Herbie could not resist for a minute, he had cousin it on the floor in pieces and was still torturing his prey.