Friday, July 8, 2011

Brain Ripper

I've always wanted to create a character with an exposed brain and I found the process to be fun. The final painting technique was simple but resulted in a gooey looking mass of tissue. Screws and coiled wire gave the Brain Ripper a hint of being a laboratory experiment gone wrong. The bulging eyeball completed the look, not sure if I should be scared or sympathetic.

Inmate #066 was admitted to Arsenic Asylum in 1901. Arsenic Asylum surgeons had a field day subjecting the Brain Ripper to over one hundred surgeries designed to alter the subject’s homicidal behavior.

Arsenic Asylum Characters are made from papier mache and miscellaneous recycled materials. Each character is unique and created by hand. 

The Brain Ripper was designed to be used as a hanging decoration and measures roughly 24 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the cape.

The cape is made from recycled fabric which has been distressed, dyed, painted and layered with painted cheesecloth.

A wire loop is embedded in the top of the skull to allow #066 to be suspended from a hook or cord.

Arsenic Asylum Characters are designed for interior use only and should be kept in a dry environment. The Brain Ripper weights approximately two pounds.

Visit for the dark and horrifying history of Arsenic Asylum.

Available at the STOLLOWEEN Shop on Etsy.

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