So, over Spring Break, I actually built a melting hand that I’m going to use for the film. How did I do it, you ask? With these simple instructions (and informative pictures!), you too can make your own creepy melting hand!
Start with a creepy skeleton hand:
To make sure the hand wouldn’t flop around while it was melting, I reinforced the wrist with some plaster of paris cloth. After it dries, the arm will be stiff, which is good for the film.
Next I took some sculpting wax:
And some different colored crayons (red and purple for the blood and apricot for the skin):
And melted both the sculpting wax and the crayons in an improvised double boiler (basically a bowl in a pot with some boiling water):
And then covered the skeleton hand with three different layers of colored wax: a red bottom layer, a white middle layer, and a peach top layer.
Here’s the final product!
It is rather weird to have this lying around my apartment.
Now, I won’t give away the context of the melting hand, but I will tell you it signals the Student (played by Peter)’s descent into madness. Fun, right?