Friday, September 21, 2012

Bones Galore

I know, TWO posts in one day! Indulgent. I had some time before I head out to work so I thought I would take a couple of pics while working on my bones. I am working on the roof top and have time while the first layer dries.
Just testing some bone placement. I don't like the hands. They look cheesy but I'll let them "hang out" until I come up with something better. The throw-away parts of these skeletons are the hands, feet, and back rib cage. The spines can be used but take a lot of work to make them look decent.

I use wire cutters to snip each bone away from it's neighbor.

You can see the snip marks. I use finger nail files in various grits to sand them off. The plastic is really stubborn and will want to leave little "strings" behind. Just keep at it and use tweezers to pull them off if they insist on hanging on.

You can see what I mean by "string". More like a nib? Am I making up words as I go? These are stubborn with this type of plastic but they will go away with work. If you're really having a tough time, use your dremel sander. Just be careful to not apply too much pressure.

These bones are in the keep pile. The pelvic bones will serve as the top part of my bone wind chime.
After I have enough of these cleaned up I will show how to color them to make them look more realistic.


  1. This is great! Can't wait to see the paint job... will def need a few bones around the Addams mansion! -Ara

    1. You must have bones at the AF mini mansion! These are so cheap that I have stockpiled them. I love Dollar Tree!

    2. I have them stockpiled as well... just never like their look enough to put them in a prominent place! Will definitely be doing some sanding on them! -Ara

    3. They do take A LOT of work to get them looking decent. Most of these will be used in a "half buried" way in the project so you will only see portions of them.I will see how the "wind chimes" come out. If they don't pass muster, they will NOT be included in the final scheme.

  2. Hahaha, the hand actually looks pretty good "climbing" out of the cellar. Or perhaps stick a foot there as if someone was being pulled inside :)
    I can't believe you only payed 25 cents for each skeleton. I can't find them anywhere here, and on eBay people are charging over 5 euros for one garland, and add to that the cost of postage.... grrr! I'll have to think of some way to get them cheaper.
    Can't wait to see what you do with these!



  3. Hello Michi,
    Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to see part 2...I think 2 posts a day is a wonderful idea ;)
    Big hug my friend,