If I haven't said it yet, thank you to Stolloween for your Haunted Bust pictorial at Stolloween.com.
A paper towel tube was stripped, then hot glued inside the center of the can. We realized that the head was going to be a bit big and were afraid the bust would tilt forward, so I added some weight. Hot glue was dripped into the tube, then some aquarium rock left over from another project was poured into the tube to within about 2" of the top. A little more hot glue and a wad of paper went into the glue. I plan to seal this up with mache.
Strips of toilet paper roll were cut for ribs and taped on. You can see that the pieces were taped together but the tape was again not sticking, so the bust and pedestal are hot glued together.
After this, I added a sternum and a set of ribs above these. Sorry, no pics of that, but here it is after a layer of strips were added.
I draped this newspaper insert over the bust and made a vest pattern.
My cardboard stash was running low and these were all the pieces left to work with. I had to hope I could piece something together from them. Luckily I was able to arrange the template over the hole in the middle and get it in one piece