Not long ago me and the wife topped off the garden area with some bird houses. She likes having the birds around and hopefully with any luck we will get some birds. So, I made three bird houses and mounted them on top of 4"x4" posts. Our garden area is basically hazelnut (off-white), so everything was pre-painted by us before doing this. The houses were easy to build. They just have a 1"x2" frame... Read More

Time to add the finish layer to the bench seat. Normally, I would do this after painting but since this bench has ornate curves, that is difficult to do. Each board has been cut to fit. Otherwise, I would paint then stain the seat are and attach it after the fact. I had some #2 red oak left over from a job from years ago. I always thought oak flooring on a bench or chair would be nice. Well, here... Read More

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Skeleton Bone Tutorial
Skeleton Bone Tutorial

Hello, this is my Human Bone Tutorial.

Before I begin, I watched a few different tutorials online to get a basic idea of how to do this. I only needed a basic idea because this kind of thing is really driven by imagination.

Here is a list of the needed supplies:
01: PVC pipe (any length will do, I used a scrap piece that is about 15" long)
02: 90° PVC pipe (optional)
03: Saran Wrap (any brand)
04: Foil (any brand)
05: Paints (browns, yellows, reds etc)
06: Stain (browns, blacks)

Tools Needed:
01: Heat Gun (can be bought anywhere)
02: Pipe Cutters (cutters, saw)

Let's get started. I've included some pictures/videos below that hopefully will help you in your quest for a realistic bone.

First get the PVC cut to length (if not already). If you are using a 90° angle piece? Put it on now. Next wrap foil around the ends to form a bone or jagged edge. I chose a jagged edge for mine, as if it is broken. Your bone doesn't need to be perfect, as it is a bone and it is dead/rotting.

After this, wrap the whole thing in saran wrap. Don't leave open ends of saran wrap on the ends of the bone. Make sure you wrap those. It will be loose but thats ok, we will use our heat gun to take that away.

Next, use the heat gun to shrink the saran wrap. I use my heat gun on low and repeat the process a few times to get the exact desired effect I'm looking for. It will wrinkle, and in some case split apart. BE CAREFUL: Using the gun to much will completely dismantle the saran wrap causing it to completely fall off causing you to re-wrap it. When you 1st use the gun, you will quickly get a feel for it and when to stop.

Next, we get to stain this thing. I used ebony stain (what I had on hand) but otherwise you can use a dark brown/red. The stain serves as a base of color (work dark to light) for the finished look I had an oil based stain, a water based may work better. Water based is better as far as clean up is concerned. Just like staining wood, wipe it all on, leave it sit for 5/10 minutes, then wipe it off. Let dry (usually overnight)

On to the paint. This is where you can make it like you see it. I wanted something that has been outside for some time. You can easily do a zombie/bloody bone. This is whatever you see here. That's part of what makes this project fun. Your imagination is huge here.

Remember, work dark to light with colors. Use browns for bottom layers/colors and get lighter as you go. Paint in layers as well. Naturally you would start with most you are going to use (base coats), eventually getting to red colors for blood. You wouldn't start with red for blood just to paint over it with brown for bone color.

Finished Project

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So, I had great luck with my other bone (for my 1st one). I thought I'd make another one. I decided to change the theme of it. Last time it was more or less a "been the woods, decomposing for awhile" bone. This time I thought I'd a "just been removed bone". Something that still has tendons/muscle attached.

My supply list has changed as my process has changed. When I was doing the last one, I was making a mental list on what I could use that would be better/easier to work with.