My mannequin head collection started with these three vintage ones. The one on the left, I covered with torn vintage dictionary pages, and mounted on the round wood base from a cheese board.
You can see how I made the tallest one in the center HERE.
The one on the right I actually left ‘as found’; just added a bit of spray varnish to prevent further ‘shedding’.
I made this one last year from a NEW styro head that I bought at the craft store. Not really caring for the look and feel of styrofoam, I covered with paper mache then sanded to smooth it out. I glued a glass bowl to the bottom of this one and spray painted the whole thing a flat white.
The reason I ‘add things’ to the bases of these heads is to give them some ‘weight’ and a broader base,
so they don’t tip over too easily when used at a show or in my booth.
Here is my latest addition to the collection. Found this vintage head at an estate sale and it was a very WEIRD shaped face!?! Very flat nose bridge and very BIG eye sockets . . .and NO mouth! Looked like an alien head to me!!
I covered this one with vintage sewing pattern pieces. Just tore up an old pattern into small pieces and applied them with white glue.
For the base on this one, I glued on a vintage wood bowl that I had painted black.
Just a little bigger than the base of the head is a perfect fit.
Modeling one of my newest crowns.
And the gangs all here! Displayed on the shelf above my bed until they are called to duty.
And the all white one is now ‘on duty’ in my booth at Stars in this just added crown display.
I’m ‘test marketing’ assorted sizes. I’ve made small and full size ones before, just not displayed and sold them at the same time.
Will be interesting to see which size sells better.
The small ones, for just decorative use.
Or the bigger ones that are actually wearable.
Candle stands make cute displays for the smaller ones.
Some are ‘bear’ size.
‘Almost’ vintage cherub size.
I wish I could find more of this vintage, WIDE, eyelet lace. I tea stained it and stiffened it before adding the embellishments.
Yes, this is what I use a lot of those crepe paper rosettes for.
These crowns are now available for purchase in my booth at Stars.
My favorite little model, PRICELESS!