Making a Waxy Twine Doll Mummy
Below is the June 2001 issue of ARTnews, with its cover photo of three "doll mummies" as artworks. Although these were made by an artist, the technique could easily be adapted by children. The artist used Barbie® dolls. The process might damage the doll, so make sure to choose an old one for this project. Then add twine, kite string, wax, and some fancy tying will help you make an artistic mummy that will be the envy of any art museum!
Step 1: Wrapping the Doll
Doll on Left: The artist used twine to wrap around the doll. The twine was not wrapped around the doll in straight sideways fashion. Instead, the artist seems to have almost braided the doll with perhaps two pieces of twine--the twine crosses in the front of the doll, making a V-pattern. You can use glue to hold the twine in place. And the coarser the twine, the better (even plastic twine would work here).
Doll in Middle: The artist seems to have substituted kite string for the twine and done a similar wrapping job. Kite string is much finer and makes a "fancier" type of mummy.
Doll on Right: The artist appears to have used gauze (available in the first-aid section of your local pharmacy).
Step 2: Waxing the Doll
Once the doll is wrapped (except for the eyes--or not: this is a personal decision), cover the wrapped doll in a thin sheet of wax (orthodontic wax would work here or a dip in melted wax--just be very careful; there are machines for easing foot pain that heat wax to the melting point), making sure to press the wax into the wrappings a bit to make it adhere better and to let the twine or string show through. This makes the mummy look a bit more ancient and artistic.