Monday, October 10, 2011

Mummy intructions

What you need for One Full-Figured Mummy: Adapted from the Better Homes and Garden website.

1) 12 x 14 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick plywood for base
2) 4 angle brackets
3) 40 inch length of 2x2 inch lumber for body brace
3) 12 inch length of 2x2 inch lumber for shoulder brace
4) 2 strap braces
5) drill
6) 10 inch length of 1/2 inch diameter dowel
7) Wig Form or Skull (we found $3 skulls from Roses)
8) Queen-size quilt batting or old t-shirts
9) 5 yards of cheese cloth
10) 2 yards of Burlap
11) White Duct Tape
12) Two 22 inch lengths of Heavy Wire- 12-14 gauge solid wire, get 6' worth
13) Polyester fiberfill
14) Tan Spray Paint
15) Weatherproofing spray paint

How to Make It

  1. Fasten one end of the 40-inch length of lumber to the plywood base using angle braces on all four sides.
  2. Referring to the diagrams, center the 12-inch length of lumber (the shoulder brace) on top of the body brace, forming a T-shape; fasten with strap braces on the front and back.
  3. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each end of the shoulder brace. Drill a 1/2-inch hole in the center top of the shoulder brace. Push one end of the wooden dowel into the wig-form neck opening and secure with glue.
  4. For the legs, cut two 27-x-36-inch pieces of quilt batting and secure with duct tape. 
Assemble the Body

  1. For the arms, cut two 22-x-36-inch pieces of quilt batting. Roll into tubes and secure with duct tape. Push one piece of wire through the center of each arm tube, allowing the wire to extend beyond one end.
  2. Stand the leg tubes side-by-side on the plywood base with the body brace between them. Secure with duct tape at the hips, knees, and ankles. Wire the arms to the shoulder brace.
  3. For the body, measure and cut two or three pieces of quilt batting that are shoulder-width and long enough to extend from the tops of the legs in front, up over the shoulders, and down to the tops of the legs in the back. Lay the body pieces over the shoulders and secure with duct tape at the waist. Stuff the body area with scraps of batting or fiberfill to achieve the desired look. Use scissors to clip a hole in the batting at the center top of the shoulder brace. Push the end of the wooden head dowel into the center hole in the shoulder brace and glue in place.
  4. Cut the Burlap fabric into 2-inch-wide strips and wrap the mummy as desired, securing the strips with glue. Then cut the cheese cloth into 4 inch strips and apply as desired. Spray the mummy with tan spray paint. After it dries, spray entire thing with weather proofing spray paint.

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