I’ve been modifying a hat dummy over the past few weeks. I got tired of the stubby faceless ones I’d been using for years, plus the styrofoam gets beat up pretty easily and shows every little mark.  I wanted something with a little more personality and durability, and the fiberglass “realistic” hat dummies are kind of creepy, so…

Enter papier mache. This was kind of fun because I haven’t played with papier mache in about 15 years.

I hacked the head apart from the base, and inserted dowels and an empty cardboard tube to extend the neck.

Padding out the neck…

First layer down. No face yet.

Several layers later, I realized that I’ve never tried to sculpt a realistic face before. And this one was starting to look like an alien. Oh crap.

So I googled for sculpting tutorials and found some that made me go “ohhhhhhhhh” and then I took a paring knife to the face (therapeutic!) and sort of improved it, but it still looks kind of flat. This is compounded by the fact that I have a flat Asian face and I am trying to sculpt one with Caucasian contours.  So looking in mirrors doesn’t really help.  Aaaugh.

Still pretty decent for my first time out, so I’m going to put a final layer on and paint it matte white, and then use it to take photos of hats.

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