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simple, macabre, what's to lose?
pretty simple. If you want to ensure success, doing a chalk outline and using a template first would probably help, but I didn't and I don't mind the slight messiness of mine. To add lightness and create the illusion of depth I then used two parts water to one part bleach to go over the fronts of the ribs/etc.

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  • Step 1

    Lay your shirt out flat, put some magazines/newspapers inside. I like using magazines, but if you use newspaper, make sure you use at least 5-10 pages so the bleach doesn't bleed through.

  • Step 2

    start painting a first coat of the entire design with four parts water to one part bleach. I freehanded mine, because I'm pretty partial to drawing skeletons. but I'm sure you could find a pattern online to follow if you so desire.

  • Step 3

    go over the fronts of the ribs/sternum/whatever else should be in the foreground again with two parts water to one part bleach. I also added highlights to the vertebrae. Its important to let the bleach dry after this step, don't overdo it before you can tell how light its going to be.

  • Step 4

    bleach in any missing bits/any bits you'd like to be lighter after it dries (takes perhaps 15 minutes, don't worry)

  • Step 5

    when you're satisfied, give it a quick rinse and let it dry sans bleach before you try it on :]


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FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Ooooooh purdy!! <3
Ilona S.
Ilona S. · Eemnes, Utrecht, NL · 2 projects
Definitely going to try this. It looks awesome!
Eve S.
Eve S. · 9 projects
Haa... I'm aware this isn't anatomically correct. My intention was to make something I wanted to wear, not something educational. But feel free to make your own versions with as many ribs as you'd like, thanks.
Bat Ma'am
Bat Ma'am · Seattle, Washington, US · 13 projects
Really cool, I'm trying it out tonight, can't wait to share my version Happy
Scissor L.
Scissor L. · La Celle-sous-Gouzon, Limousin, FR
Epic !!
Besides the fact that it is extremely anatomically incorrect, it still looks super awesome!
Sonia L.
Sonia L. · Toronto, Ontario, CA · 8 projects
This is pretty good, but humans have more than just 9 ribs on each side...
Eve S.
Eve S. · 9 projects
lauren- the depth is really the best part of using bleach. it really isn't hard, just layer the coats a leeeeettle bit and its fine.
zombiki- post a version when youre done!
Zombiki · Edmonton, Alberta, CA
Just finished doing my first coat!!!i absolutly love it <3
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I like the messiness of yours, it makes it look like an x-ray!
<3 Love it!
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