July 4th meets October 31st Crafting

Inspired by the holiday weekend, I added to my Halloween collection of curiosities.

The dentures are made from Sculpey polymer clay. The gum line and individual teeth were sculpted separately. I used a small piece of old wood to press the texture into the clay. After baking, all were glued together and painted. The label was done on my computer, printed, trimmed and aged with watercolor. I had the old box and glued in a pad of felt.

A fun, weird, yet patriotic project that took less than an hour.


  1. Okay, that is *so* cool. I'm going to have to make some of those for our decor this year (Haunted Hospital theme). Thanks for sharing the method...I'll play around with it!

  2. Oooh, nice! Would look great next to Hook's hand and Griffin's eyes.

  3. Great detailing in the "gums"...

    I have a tech question that's a bit off topic. Any suggestions for a liquid that a plastic object painted with enamel could be immersed in long-term without deterioration of the paint? The clearer, the better.

  4. Jon

    Hard to give you a perfect answer without more details but based on my experience...nothing can be submerged long term in any liquid without some effect.

    If by long term you mean,let's say a week or two for a Halloween display, then distilled water would be your best bet. Any other liquid I can think of would contain some chemicals or additives that may affect the immersed object over time.

    You could use clear hard resin from craft store. This would give you the look of liquid but the down side, it would encase your object forever.

    Maybe try creating the illusion of liquid...glass staining the inside of container or just using a piece of colored plastic or gell around the inside.

  5. Great answer, the application is for some "specimen jars" and the objects will be permanently sealed inside.

    I had considered using clear resin as it does look good, but the realism is lost upon closer examination (It needs to "swirl"). I'd like it to have a shelf life of several years, perhaps I need to just accept that over time the deterioration will take place no matter how well it's painted.

    It was suggested to me to use a marine/hull paint. I'm looking into it.

    Thank you for your help, sorry to bog up your blog.

  6. Dave,

    those are great. They really look like wood and not sculpy.

  7. Fantastic stuff Dave, these props are way cool and beautifully produced... my friend Scot Ryersson does this type of thing too, you should check out his Arcanifacts blog sometime. He has created some incredible pieces for me and some of my friends related to horror films like Dr Phibes, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Curse of the Demon, Alucarda etc...


  8. Jon, coat your object in resin then you should be able to submerge it as long as you like.

  9. May I ask what kind of paints you painted the dentures with?

  10. Andy,
    Basic everyday acrylic paint.

  11. Cool. Thanks Dave!