How to Make a Fake but Realistic Werewolf Claw

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Create claws for your very own werewolf costume.
Create claws for your very own werewolf costume. (Image: Frank Schwere/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Werewolves feature in dozens of scary movies, books and television shows. Over the years, they’ve transformed from just monsters into real characters with emotions and complicated motives. One thing, however, has never changed about the werewolf: the claws. A werewolf without claws is no wolf at all. If you’re planning a werewolf costume, you must have realistic claws. Werewolf hunters may also need claws to wear as trophies. Instead of trolling Halloween stores for proper replicas, make them yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Beige polymer clay
  • White polymer clay
  • Translucent polymer clay
  • Utility knife
  • Embroidery needle
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Bristled paintbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • Red paint
  • Pliers

Hold a 2-by-2-inch square brick each of white, beige and translucent clay between your palms in turn. Warm each piece of clay and knead it until very soft and malleable.

Roll each clay brick into a snake about 3/4 inch thick and about 6 inches long. Stack the snakes on top of each other and press down gently.

Roll the snakes back and forth, rolling them into one long, striated snake. When the snake reaches about 12 inches long, cut it in half, stack one half on top of the other and roll them out again. Repeat twice more, rolling the final snake out to 3/4 inch thick and 12 to 24 inches long.

Cut the snake into 10 equal pieces with a utility knife. Gently roll one end of each short snake under your fingers to form a cone.

Bend each cone slightly, checking that all of them curve the same way. Gently flatten each curved cone slightly under your palm. If making beads, poke a hole through the base of each claw with an embroidery needle. If not, skip that step.

Place the claws in an aluminum pie plate and bake them at about 280 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. Allow them to cool for an hour, also.

Roughly paint each claw with a bristled brush coated in thin, brown acrylic paint. Wipe each claw down with a soft cloth, leaving them stained, but not fully coated.

Spatter a few of the claws with dark red paint to simulate blood. You may also want to break off the tip of one or two of the claws with pliers.

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