Hot Glue Art

   Well, they say every artist has his best medium and it looks like, at least for awhile,  mine had become hot glue. Several years ago at Halloween, I asked my husband to pick up some craft temp hot glue sticks for me while he was shopping. There must have been a sale on, as he came back with several grocery bags full. Having so much to play with, I began to experiment with it.
   I immediately began to make hands from hot glue. My first attempts were over wooden dowels, but it became apparent that this wasn't strong enough as the hands broke apart after a year or so and the hot glue separated itself from the dowels. It occurred to me that hot glue wouldn't separate from itself, so next I made hands completely from hot glue sticks. I've several pair that have lasted a couple of years now.
   This year I attempted heads. I wanted to make heads to cover stripped down Douglas Firs and I really didn't want to try paper mache and chickenwire (because I'm REALLY bad with paper mache), so one night I began fooling around with an old plastic skull and I hit on this method. So far so good. Please keep in mind that this was all done "hit and miss". I hope I can write this clearly enough to be understood.
I'm quite sure there's someone out there with an improvement on this. Maybe someone is a master at making molds and working in latex. If so, I'd love to hear about it. I've never attempted it, therefore it frightens me. We fear change. This worked for me.

UPDATE: Christopher, of Lamar Manor, turned me onto Crayola Modeling Magic, an air drying "modeling clay" that dries into a soft foam. I'm thinking this might be a better way to do this. Maybe someone will try it and let me know how it turns out. Lord knows, I wouldn't suggest this hot glue method to others, it was just what I had handy at the time.

If you do want to try it, PLEASE do it in a well ventilated area. I don't want to be responsible for anyone else's brain damage and those darned bats that keep making strafing runs at my face while I'm working and drinking my coffee, don't think I didn't notice and....I...um...what was I talking about...?
 

See? I told ya I wasn't sure how much help instructions would be.

Hope this was of some sort of help. Good luck!