The artistic, charming, and irresponsible Belmondo Fratinelli
It all started off so innocently....
Some time ago I bought a job lot of glass eyes; one I gave to my friend A, who loves all things unusual and macabre, the other two I kept. Suitably mounted, I thought they might come in handy as a burglar deterrent, don't you know.
|Real glass eyes from the 1930s|
I was hoping for a facial mask of some sort,with eye-slots.
Then I tripped across this skull, and fell in love!
First up we had a lot of fun with him in the office! We dressed him up a little, and then skyped all our colleagues who were working from home.
|A hard day in the office...|
Then I took him home - the office can buy their own burglar alarm!
He obviously needed some sort of mount.....
I decided to mount my skull on it. It took an awful lot of blue-tack, and a bit of improvisation, but eventually the deed was done.
Next I had to find a way of inserting the glass eyes. I attached two pieces of a sawed off broom handle into each eye (with, you guessed it, blue-tack), and then (with more blue-tack) stuck the glass eyes on to the other end of the broom handle cut-off.
It looks a little rough and ready, and one eye is deeper in the socket than the other, but that is just what you would expect from a 'walking dead'.
He looked a little bare, so I added a skull-cap.
|Of course, a wig could have been used instead|
|Notice the wooden tripod?|
|I considered adding eyeglasses, but that seemed overkill.|
|For the time being Belmondo lives in the Parlour, though how Queen Victoria will take this I hate to think!|
|And what do you know, later that evening I caught him smoking! |
Don't be fooled by that 'butter won't melt in my mouth' expression!
All in all I am rather pleased with my new house mate, though he isn't half as scary as I had hoped!
Maybe I need to do something with lights inside the skull?
Or a top hat? Like Baron Samedi?
PS No this is not a 'real' skull. Some art student made it, and then it was purchased by a man with many tattoos, and then I bought it from said man. He sold it with the skull cap Belmondo wears in the office, but I think he is a little classier than that.