I stained the whole thing a dark, dark cherry almost black (not using actual stain but water mixed with acrylic paints), then drew outlines using black pencil, the pattern is an old wallpaper fragment I found, then painted in the white bits, then laquered the whole thing with a shiny water-based sealer. This is not a DIY so much as just painting a box. But there was a lot of sanding involved.
Japanese wave inspired custom painted chucks. These are really simple all you need is a black sharpie and white watered down acrylic or fabric paint (and a small paint brush would possibly help). Find an image you like and one that matches the colour of the shoe, do not, under any circumstance use images from Twilight. You will have to paint the same image four times, so choose something relatively simple.
Draw the outline with the black marker, no point using a pencil, it won't show up.
I painted several layers, building up the white. Repeat on all sides until you see waves when you close your eyes and slowly go mad.
So these came about when I was after some skeleton earrings but couldn't find any. I wanted ones where the legs and arms moved independently, I didn't want one solid thing just hanging there, like a stiff ( yes.. yes!) it had to have movement and look a little animated...I guess these would come in handy for Halloween as well...if you must...
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These are the 26 pieces you will need, 22 if you just stick the feet onto the lower legs like I did immediatley after this picture was taken. (I used black sculpey because I didn't have white, spoiler alert: I painted it white!..in hindsight black looks a bit neater but Im a traditionalist not a goth)
Shape all the bits to resemble bones, pelvises, ribcages and skulls... make the rib and skull markings on both sides because the earrings will turn and sway so both sides will be visible.
Important: don't forget to make the holes BEFORE you bake it
(looks a bit like Ötzi the Iceman here)
Attach the ball chain firmly into the skull, making sure the clay envelops the chain so it won't fall out after it's baked. 1, Make a groove in the ribcage put the chain in. 2. Put a little clay over it. 3.Do the same with the pelvis. 4. Cover the chain and cut off remaining bits with pliers. 5. Add the earring hook thingy to the skull (also important).
Make holes in your bones, or the clay ones...totally your call
I skewered my bones just to ensure the holes didn't close up with man-handling and such.
(remembering that these bones are quite thin and will only require like 10-15 minutes in the oven)
Thenpaint them if you were lazy like me and didnt use white sculpey.
Seal with mod-podge, sealer or pva glue, if they're painted, if not painted, no need really, unless you like them shiny.
Wait till they're completely dry.
Link up all the limbs with the 'o' rings. Not too tight so they still dangly.