How To Make Vampires Teeth
“There are many different ways that you could use a wet cotton ball. You could keep it moist and apply it directly to your face for an instant moisturizer or you could trim it down to size and shape it into anything from earrings to jewelry. But what if instead of making earrings or hair accessories, we were going to make something far more sinister? What if we used our newly acquired skills in crafty design and turned those damp cotton balls into Vampire Fingers?
Vampire fingers aren’t exactly vampire fangs but they serve as a good substitute. If you’ve ever seen a movie like “”Interview with the Vampire,”” then you know that vampires need their own set of sharpened teeth. In this article, I’ll show you how to create Vampire Fingers using only items found around your house. They’re simple and easy to do and best of all, they won’t hurt anyone (unless you bite them).
First things first, let’s talk about selecting the perfect cotton swab. The ideal one should have some kind of hard core inside so that when we stick it on our finger tips, it will hold its shape. It also needs to be small enough that we can easily fit two or three onto each hand without having to get up out of our chair.
The following list shows a variety of options for choosing just such a cotton swab.
A dry toothbrush – This is probably the most obvious choice since it has a hard core already built in. Just cut away the bristles at the base of the toothbrush until you find a solid piece.
A wooden spoon handle – Cut away the wood from the end of a wooden spoon handle until you find a solid chunk of wood. Then take a small section of the wood and shave it down until you come across a smaller piece. Use a knife to carve out the center of this smaller piece until you find a hollowed out area inside.
An ice cream scoop – Take an ice cream scoop and run it over a block of Styrofoam until you remove the foam. Now cut away the Styrofoam until you just see the ice cream scoop sitting there. This will leave you with a hollow tube. Run hot water through it until it becomes cool enough to touch comfortably.
Once you’ve chosen your material, you’re ready to start creating your Vampire Finger. These instructions assume that you’re working with a large cotton swab rather than one of the other materials listed above. Also, don’t worry if you don’t want your Vampire Finger to look exactly like mine; you can always add decorations later.
Cutting Your Cotton Swab Into Fangs
To begin, you need to cut your cotton swab into approximately four inch long sections. Using scissors, cut along the length of the cotton swab. Once you have several pieces of roughly equal lengths, lay them side by side. Look at the bottom edge of the stack and place a pencil mark where you would prefer to slice off the tip of the swab. Then carefully cut straight down between the layers of cotton using a clean pair of scissors. After cutting, the fang should appear jagged because it hasn’t been smoothed out yet.
Smoothing The Fang On The Bottom Of The Cotton Swab
Now that you have a small set of Vampire Fingers, you need to smooth out the rough edges on the bottom of each finger. Hold the fanged end of the cotton swab firmly against a flat surface and push down evenly. While holding the top edge, press down slightly harder on the bottom edge. Do this process once per finger.
After you finish smoothing out the bottom of the fang, turn it upside down. Place your thumb and forefinger at either side of the fang and pinch together. Gently squeeze down on both sides of the finger with your thumbs while pulling upwards on the top edge of the fang. Continue this squeezing and stretching motion for a few seconds until the fang begins to flatten against your palm. Turn the finger right side up.
Sticking The Fang Onto Your Finger
Finally, you need to stick the flattened fang onto your finger. Grabbing your fingernail firmly underneath the fang, gently pull downwards on the top edge of the fang. As you do this, you should feel the fang slowly sliding down the backside of your finger. When you reach the point where you think the fang should be sticking, stop moving. Let go of your finger and check to see if everything went smoothly. Repeat these steps until you have created all five fingers.
If you’d like to decorate your Vampire Fingers, grab a needle and thread and sew two or three tiny holes around the edge of each fang. Thread the needle through the hole closest to the pointed part of the fang. Pull the needle through tightly, but not too tight! Sew the loop closed so that it doesn’t unravel.
When you’re done sewing, tie a knot in the thread and cut it close to where you tied it. That’s it! You now have Vampire Fingers. Enjoy showing off your new Vampire Finger collection.
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