Easy Teeth Tutorial – Cool teeth using fake nails
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Also, here’s the other tutorial for teeth using hot glue (opens in new window, click here)
In this super easy tutorial we will make some cool teeth using fake nails. These teeth are not necessarily “movie realistic”, but for a prop that is going to be seen a few feet away, they are pretty realistic. It’s all in the details and your imagination.
Tools and Materials:
Fake nails (any color, but clear works better)
Bone or tooth colored nail polish or opaque paint
A piece of Styrofoam
Wood, leather or homemade brown stain.
Remove fake nails from packaging and using the nail clippers, cut to different tooth shapes and sizes. Here you can make the tooth look sharp, chipped, or anything your imagination wants.
Using wire cutters, cut toothpicks into thirds. Make sure to make slanted cuts so the toothpicks can more easily be inserted into the “gums” of your prop.
With the glue gun, apply glue to tip of tooth pick and attach to back of cut nails. Stick toothpicks into Styrofoam and let dry.
When dry, using the nail polish, paint the front of the teeth. Also, cover the sides of the teeth. This will give the teeth some depth, especially if seen from the side. Let dry.
Paint the teeth with the stain and gently wipe of. Just remove the top layer of stain, leaving some areas darker. Set to dry.
When your prop is ready for teeth, dip the pointy side of the toothpick in some school glue and simply insert the finished teeth into the gums. Do them as orderly as you want, or just a couple, for a decaying zombie. Let the glue dry so that the teeth are sturdy.
Apply another coat of stain and wipe off. This way, in between the teeth will be more stained and brown. Stain to taste or based on your needs and application.
There’s no step 8…I told you this was super easy. I do have a great tip, but it requires a little more work.
When gluing the nails to the tooth pick, go ahead and fill the back of the nail with hot glue…now you have a 3D tooth that can be seen from any angle. In this case, paint front and back of the tooth. Also, go ahead and stain the whole tooth as well.
I hope you liked and enjoyed this “mega-easy” tutorial that will give huge bang to your Halloween, corpsing and zombie props!