Skeleton Hands

A pair of realistic looking skeleton hands will always come in handy when prop building.  The problem is, they’re usually accompanied by the price tag of a bucky skeleton.  So if I told you that you could make a pair of skeleton hands yourself shaped in the position of your choosing for the cost of a few beads, coat hanger, and milk jugs, you’d say I was crazy, right?  Well Gary Benson would beg to differ, because the tutorial he posted at Proprageous will give you everything you need to make this a reality.

This prop starts by creating a basic skeleton of coat hanger wire.


Once you’ve got your wire skeleton created your going to slowly add wooden beads to the wire.  You’re going to need to cut a small piece of a plastic milk jug and cover the wooden beads with it and then heat it with a heat gun until it completely covers the wooden bead.


This will create the appearance of a bone.  You can do this for one bead, or multiple beads to create a more continuous appearance.


You’ll continue to do this until you’ve created your fingers, then you’ll need to trim the excess coat hanger from the end of your finger and bend the tip over to lock the bones into place.


These will take some time and effort, but the cost per hand will be minimal and the finished product looks pretty realistic.


Items needed to complete this include:

  • Coat hangers
  • Floral wire
  • Wooden beads
  • Milk Jug