Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
This past weekend I've been carving zombie heads from Styrofoam wig heads using a Dremel tool. It take about 30 minutes...and keep the Shop-Vac on the entire time unless you want your work area to look like the blizzard of 2010! I bought the wig heads for $9.99 each at Hobby Lobby.
Next to glue on the teeth!
I learned this technique from the EXCELLENT "Make Your Own Scratch Built Corpse" DVD available for only $15.00 at monstercloset.com GET IT!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here's the head to one of many corpses I'll be bulding over the next couple weeks. Made from a styrofoam wig head, construction adhesive, hot glue for fabrics and paint.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
During a recent trip to a cemetery I noticed how much atmosphere the flowers left for the deceased add to it. Real flowers die and turn brown quickly while artificial arrangements wilt and fade in the sun.
I decided to try and capture a bit of this atmosphere in my own Halloween cemetery. I went to the Dollar Tree store and purchased about 15 bunches of artificial flowers at $1.00 each. [photo] Big Lots provided four $3.00 plastic urns.
Using a heat gun, I blasted the flower arrangements causing them to wilt. Then I lightly spray painted the tops of the blossoms and leaves with a flat light tan color [photo] to try and create a faded look on the colored flowers and a dusty look on the white flowers.
The results are below. The photos really don't do it justice but all-in-all I think it's pretty successful. I still have to weather the urns in the photos below.
A coating of spider web and some interesting lighting and I think these arrangements will add to the creepy atmosphere of my cemetery...or of my casket viewing area. What do you think?
Friday, September 10, 2010
I stumbled across a t-shirt design displaying a label very similar to this one. The t-shirt design said "POSTHUMOUS PALE ALE" and I'll admit to you that I had to look up the word posthumous (AFTER DEATH) to get it. So...I changed the name to something that simpletons like me can understand. I'll print out a bunch of these and stick them onto bottles of Pale Ale for my Halloween party.
note: original "posthumous pale ale" design by Blair Sayer.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
My Halloween party "EMBALMING ROOM" sign almost ready for paint. I'm going to cut rounded grooves from the corners and put faux bolt hex heads there too. More to come.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Halloween merchandise is starting to appear in Target stores. In my opinion they usually have a pretty impressive selection. I'll be visiting them daily til just before Halloween.
A green tombstone? I think it works! (also available, pink and blue for your zombie-themed baby showers)
This bat tombstone is elaborate and just plain cool! Nice job Target!