September 29, 2010

DIY Life Size Mannequins. Fun and Funky Hand Made Wooden Retail Mannequins

funky hand painted mannequins
  These are a pair of fun and funky art mannequins I made for a surf shop.

I cut the bodies out of plywood and gave them crazy, fun painted designs

hand painted mannequins for retail display
A back view.

diy lifesize wood mannequins
I built the bases out of plywood, added texture with joint compound in 
a swirly water pattern and painted.  
I attached a galvanized metal rod to the back of each mannequins.
To attach the mannequins to the bases, I screwed metal flanges on top of the bases then
simply screwed the metal rod into the flange and they were super secure.

whimsical mannequin
 For the dimensional faces, I shaped crumpled aluminum foil into shapes for the
cheeks, eyes, nose, lips and eyebrows and hot glued them in place.

I applied a thick layer of joint compound over the foil shapes as smoothly as possible and let dry.
I kept building up layers like this until I got the look I wanted and sanded smooth with sandpaper.

For the hair, I drilled holes in the tops of the heads and attached colored wire through the holes

hand painted funky mannequin

hand painted colorful mosaic mannequin

hand made funky colorful mannequin

I like how they turned out...
definitely one of a kind!

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1 comment:

I've moved to to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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