I found small bird's skull in the garden, and this project popped to mind. I won't give you the full description of how you need to ckean and prepare a skull before you can use it, because the perfect instructions are at this site http://www.skullsite.co.uk/preparation.htm YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE!! the other option is to buy a plastic skull or an already cleaned one.
After it's all clean and lovely, take your bottom coat nail polish and paint the skull. (When I cleaned mine the nottom jaw fell off, don't worry about it if yours did too, I cover that later.) use an older paint brush you don't care about to pain the nail polish unless you don't plan to use your top and base coats again. It should be nice and glossy.
As you're letting that dry, get your silver paint and small brush ready. I used folklore paint from walmart, it only cost about $3.00 and it's very shiny. ^^
Paint away! try and get it in every nook and cranny, and there are lots of them. The little brush it really good for this. Try to paint only one direction so it's less line-y.
So now you have a silver skull, but it's too bright.... So get out your black paint and do the same as with the silver paint, get it into every crack, most importantly the eye sockets and the nostrils. Before it can dry though, take a small piece of paper towel and wipte it off. ONLY WIPE ONE DIRECTION. This makes it so the black stays in the cracks and details of the skull, but the rest stays a slightly darker silver.
Once you have the ammount of black you want wait for it to dry, then put on your clear top coat. If you don't wait till the paint is totally dry it will wipe off all your paint and you'll be back at step 2. I know because I did this. XP
now it's all painted, superglue any bones that may have fallen off. In my case, the Jaw. ^^
This last step is optional depending on whether or not you are using a real skull. Since I am, I need to fill up the major holes and white glue is what I have on hand. It would have been too fragile without. ^^ I have to let it dry, which with my glue takes about a week. ^^ I'll post the last half of the tutorial then.