A three-dimensional hand made of toilet paper is a useful Halloween prop. Deciding to make the hand wearable rather than just a model or prop is the only difficult choice required. A wearable hand makes an excellent addition to a mummy or zombie Halloween costume, and because it is removable, the maker will not have to ruin the hands of his costume to perform basic life functions at social events. The model will take more time to make, but will not fail to arouse the screams of those who suddenly get nudged from nowhere with a mummy-style hand.
The Wearable Hand
Find an old glove that still fits. Plastic gloves can be used, but are not recommended because of their flimsiness. Woven gloves made of yarn are stretchable, comfortable and easily removable.
Don the glove and squirt small dots of craft glue onto the glove approximately 1 cm apart until it appears covered with small polka dots. Use the glue sparingly, as you do not want it to bleed through the glove onto your hand.
Wrap the glove loosely with toilet paper, starting at the wrist and working upwardly to the knuckles. Stop adding toilet paper just above the knuckles. Tear it off and stick the end to a glue spot or tuck it in behind a lower layer.
Roll toilet paper around all of the fingers individually; finishing them as you did the lower (palm) part of the glove in Step 3. Add more glue and re-roll toilet paper over the hand again to add thickness if desired. Carefully remove the glove and set it aside (preferably upright) to dry before donning it.
Frame the Prop Hand
Straighten a wire hanger with a pair of pliers. Locate a spot 3/4 of the way down the wire and use the pliers to bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.
Measure 3 inches from the bend in the wire and bend it again at a 90 degree angle. Measure another 3 inches and bend it at 90 degrees a third time so that a square is formed from the wire with a short and a long end. The short end will be the handle and the long end will form the thumb and fingers.
Mold the square portion of the wire with the pliers to better resemble the palm of the hand. When finished, bend the long end into a thumb. Angle the rest of the wire upwardly to make the pointer finger.
Use the pliers again to bend the wire downwardly from the tip of the pointer finger to the top of the previously formed square where the knuckle would be. Repeat this process to make the rest of the fingers.
Trim off any excess wire with shears. If you run out of wire, straighten another hanger and cut off the needed amount of wire. Add the new wire to the old wire by twisting it around the old wire. Cap any sharp edges with craft glue.
Add craft glue to the prop hand in small dots, evenly distributing it across the entire hand.
Wrap the prop hand as you did the gloved hand in Section 1, starting at the bottom and working your way upwardly until you reach the knuckles. When covered, add more glue to the toilet paper and re-wrap it to add volume to the prop hand. Continue doing this until the prop is as thick as you like it.
Roll the toilet paper around the fingers as you did the gloved hand in Section 1. Repeat the process with more glue and toilet paper to add the necessary volume. When finished, set the prop hand aside and let it dry before use.
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