(a.k.a., Dr. Terror Eyes)
at the Halloween and
HauntFest show in
Dallas last year (see
Resources). Using an
inexpensive . 5 mil
painting drop cloth, you
can apply it to the skull
and then use a heat gun
to shrink the plastic so it adheres to
the skull. You can then add color to
bring out the texture and make it
pop as shown in Figure 23 and
Two of my favorite products for
this are the line of gel stains from
Minwax and the Tandy Leather stains
(Figure 25 and Figure 26). If you are
looking for a more ghoulish
appearance, this makes it look much
You can take it up another level
by sculpting directly on the head.
Steve devoted an entire article to this
process in the June 2017 issue of
SERVO Magazine in his DIY
Using this method allows you to
convert that skull into any character
Exit Stage Left
Once you have successfully built
a talking skull, you will find plenty of
other uses besides adding them to
your complete characters. You can
place one atop a pile of books on a
shelf or install one in a crystal ball.
This same platform will allow any
creature you desire to gain its talking
Birds, monkeys, dragons, and
more can now put their vocal chords
to work! The progress made in this
area over the past five years has
been tremendous. I am excited to
see where it will be five years from
Once you start adding this
feature to your characters, you may
find that they do not seem complete
without the ability to talk. Once you
give one a voice, they will all want to
be able to speak! NV
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Talking Skull Kit available from the Nuts & Volts Webstore!
If you’d like to build your own talking skull kit, you’re in luck!
To make it easier and convenient, the Nuts & Volts Webstore has stocked
up with a variety of kits for differing skill levels (and parts bins) so you can
build up your own animatronic!
Go to store.nutsvolts.com for complete details on kit availability!
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