Our first step is to prepare the prop skull by making it food safe. The prop skull is most definitely not a food safe surface. We'll do this by covering it with plastic cling wrap.

Plastic Wrap

Wrap the skull in a layer of cling wrap.

Use a knife or scissors to cut out the teeth and nose area, since those won't have any meat on them.

If you have a foam skull you can use toothpicks to conform the wrap to the surface curvature a bit more. This will help preserve the skull bone definition when we lay the meat slices on it.

M4SK/Eyes Setup

Next, set up your MONSTER M4SK to have creepy eyes! Follow the main guide quickstart instructions to get the M4_Eyes.UF2 running.

I created some cherry tomato style eyes by adjusting some settings for the demon eyes that come with the eye graphics download.

Here is the adjusted config.eye file I created:

  "eyeRadius"       : 125,
  "irisRadius"      : 40,
  "eyelidIndex"     : "0x00", // From table: learn.adafruit.com/assets/61921
  "pupilColor"      : [ 0, 0, 0 ],
  "pupilMin"        : 0.05,
  "pupilMax"        : 0.25,
  "backColor"       : [ 80, 0, 0 ],
  // From www.deviantart.com/suicidecrew/art/Fire-Seamless-tile-116721709
  "irisTexture"     : "demon/iris.bmp",
  "scleraTexture"   : "demon/sclera.bmp",
  "tracking"        : false,
  "left" : {
  "right" : {

With the demon directory copied to your M4SK, save the config.eye file with those settings to the root directory of the board.

Add the battery, lenses, lens holders, and elastic headband + tri-glides (or other method for securing them) as shown here, and slip the goggles onto the skull.

Eyes Protection

You can now add a strip of cling wrap to protect the M4SK and headband from the meats. Just cut out a couple of holes for the lenses to poke through, and make a small slit for the USB plug for charging later.

The skull is ready for meat application!

Meating the Skull

I found it best to start with a layer of prosciutto to lay the foundation. Don't be afraid to tear it into strips to fit the direction of the muscle flow of the skull.

You can then start to build up the appearance by using the other meats as contrasting colors and shapes.

As you encircle the eye lenses be sure to leave a small gap for inserting the USB cable into the MONSTER M4SK as well as accessing the on/off switch.

You can layer up as many slices as you want, and when you're ready to present your centerpiece, be sure to add some crackers!

You Meat Skull Centerpiece is ready to entertain (and freak out) your guests. For enhanced effect, turn the lights down low and add a bit of dry ice to the tray.

Buon appetito!

This guide was first published on Oct 06, 2019. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Build the Meat Skull) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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