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
Her

hand painted colorful mosaic mannequin
Him

hand made funky colorful mannequin

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

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