My sister made these shrunken heads, beginning with three apples, some scrap horse hair (or was it dog?), a sense of humor, a grand imagination, and some carving skills.
This head began when Rosemary peeled the skin away, leaving long strips attached at the top. As the peel dried, it made a rather tribal sort of headdress, which you can see below.
As she carved the faces on each apple, she shoved some some apple seeds into the flesh as teeth and eyes. The one below looks like he has a bad set of dentures.
The last apple was trimmed in the shape of a skull. Rosemary even carved the nose as a triangular hole, but as it dried, its shaped changed. The jaw looks really skeletal, doesn't it?
Here they are in full view. She let them dry for about two weeks. If you wanted them as decorations next Halloween, you could start on your own shrunken heads in early October.
If you make some, share the photos, okay?
shrunken heads by Rosemary Palmer
photos © diana ani stokely 2011