Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Project: Frankenfoot!

I wanted to do something for my friend, Ron, who is recovering from foot surgery.
Brainstorm: "The Frankenfoot Foot-Note Post-It Holder!"

Come, Igor, the game's a-foot!

The Plan
I used my own (significantly foreshortened) size 14 foot for a model.

Pattern was transferred to fiberboard for strength.

I need to leave a space for the Post-It's™ so a cardboard corral is built.

Paper and tape bulk out the foot before applying paper mache strips. Wads of paper create ankle-bones.

Another use for wine corks is discovered: as big toes. Coat-hanger wire serves as stiffeners (just like in real toes).

Toes are wrapped with paper and tape.

Some assembly is required.

Note:  For close-set digits like these it would've been a lot easier to have completed them before attachment.

A nice looking foot
Below: after paper mache-ing and covering with glue-soaked cloth.
Toenails were cut from a plastic milk-jug and attached with hot glue.
The Boris Karloff-style "bolts" are made from two sizes of painted wooden dowels. Foot has been covered with glue-soaked cloth for strength.

Paper mache clay covers a multitude of sins; also seams.

How to add some "zip" to your step!

I found some samples of paint on sale and bought several colors, including Apple Green. It's good to have some around.

A nice green coat of paint
The final product! Fake scars were made with hot glue. Gloss was applied to the bolts and toenails for shine. Zipper, staples and scars add novelty.

A wash of black latex paint was applied then wiped off, accentuating details.
Check out those nails! Especially the one with nail polish. I tried to match Ron's favorite shade as closely as possible!

Here's a smiling Ron with his new foot. In his own words: "Ha, ha, that's perfect, Bruce - now get out!"
(I have no idea why he calls me Bruce.)

Ron, the original "Frankenfoot"

A perfect match!
I attached a fake toe tag like they use in the morgue to make it look more corpsified.


  1. Ha! Very good! The toenails are AWESOME!!!

    And by the way, I never knew I had wires in my toes. ; )
    "Coat-hanger wire serves as stiffeners, just like in real toes."

  2. Thanks, Leslie!

    And now you know.


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