I'm in the process of doing a bigger, better version of the mummified vampire heart from a few years ago. Here's what the original looked like:
For the new version I want the display to look a little more vampire huntery, if you will. That means a more stylized stake instead of the World War 1 era tent peg used in the original. Here's the new stake, all fresh and shiny. It's turned from oak and measures approximately 14" in length.
As with the original it's a narrow shape designed to slip between the ribs, but the profile is longer and slightly wider. That means some tweaks to the original mummfied heart. The general shape and surface texture is fine, but I'll have to reshape the channel where the stake pierces through the tissue. Once I know the new stake will nestle inside that opening I can finish the surface treatment. That involves a layer of schmutz and some mild bloodstains along the section imbedded in the heart.