DIY INDEPENDENCE: MAKE A KING CRAB HAND PUPPET
All you need is an old rubber glove to turn crab shells into an awesome hand puppet.
You will need:
- •Three or more King Crab legs of various sizes (sometimes they will give these away at the store if they’ve gone off, but if you have to buy them •please check out our delicious recipe for crab cakes.)
- •An orange rubber glove (right or left handed, depending on who will be using the glove)
- •White paint, oil based or acrylic
- •A tube of clear silicone
- •A pair of scissors
- •A small paintbrush
- •Towels for cleanup
Step 1 – First you need to empty out crab claw while keeping the shell intact. Carefully cut the shell along the length of the claw. Starting at the bottom, cut through the smooth, lighter colored underside of the leg. Cut up to the top segment just enough to be able to pull out the flesh bit by bit. Try using a fork, pushing chunks out through the bottom or, if this is not possible, pulling smaller bits out through the long incision you have cut. After all the flesh is removed, rinse well with cold water and allow to dry completely. Repeat this process for each crab leg.
Step 2 – Squeeze silicone into the ends of each leg/claw. Put on the glove and then begin to push the crab legs onto your thumb index and middle fingers (you can add more legs to the remaining fingers if you have more than three legs. Make sure the cut side of the crab leg extends from the palm and the bumpy, more orange side extends from the back of the hand. We suggest putting the longest crab leg on the index finger, but his is completely up to you. One all the legs are attached in a way that is satisfying to you, squeeze the base of the legs/tops of the fingers to make sure there is a good bound. Carefully remove the glove and allow the glove to dry overnight.
Step 3 – After at least 24 hours, the silicone should be dry. Paint the the glove with white paint, but don’t paint too perfectly since you’ll want some of the orange to show through. You might even put on the glove from time to time while you’re painting it, making a fist so that creates and interesting patterns show up in the palm. Be creative, but remember the look you are going for is bumpy, mottled appearance relating to the darker portions of the crab claw. If needed, add more paint to integrate the leg with the glove. The silicone won’t hold paint, but don’t be afraid to go over it anyway, the chipping, cracked paint will create an interesting effect. Allow the glove to dry.