STOLLOWEEN Studio Tour

On April 17th, 2013 we moved into some new studio space at 718 George Street in Midland, MI.

 

The new workshop is not huge, around 900 sq. feet but it’s a huge improvement over working out of my basement, garage and dining room table.

 

Renting studio space serves two purposes.

 

First it gives me more room to build and a place to hold papier mache workshops.

 

And secondly, and most importantly it gets the majority of my Halloween stuff out of the house, a huge selling factor for my wife.

 

Basically this is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, my own little space dedicated to something I really enjoy.

 

If you ever find yourself in the Midland area please take a moment to stop in and check it out.

 

 

How to Smooth Paper Clay

One of the most commonly asked questions….here’s the answer.

July Pumpkins

A patch of new pumpkins for the 2013 haunting season.


Tale of the Big Blue Bunny

 

 

Mr. Bunny was a cheap little dollar store stuffed animal that was our oldest son’s  best friend growing up.

 

 

The little blue bunny was a tremendous source of comfort during doctor visits, thunderstorms and those days when it felt like the whole world was against you.

 

 

During the years Mr. Bunny lost an ear and had many “surgeries” leaving him pretty tattered and torn…but he remained Carter’s best buddy.

 

In honor of Carter’s High School Graduation we decided to build a large papier mache Mr. Bunny, complete with his array of odd stitching and single ear.

 

The Bunny was made from recycled cardboard that was assembled into a Mr. Bunny shape then covered with papier mache.

 

 

 

The project was a lot of fun and was greatly appreciated by our oldest son….everybody needs a Mr. Bunny in their life.

 

Son Of Buster

My entry for the HauntForum $20 Prop Challenge is a companion piece to my 2010 entry titled “Buster Gravesley.”

 

 

Buster Gravesley had a son named Buster.  Buster’s son was a gnarly surfer dude head banging sort of guy, always on the look out for the perfect wave. Unfortunately Buster Jr. met his end in the jaws of a Great White Shark and joined his father in the afterlife where he still raises Hell every chance he gets and never misses an opportunity to break free from the confines of his rotting grave. Like father, like son …. Meet Son of Buster.

 

 

The Son of Buster Prop was built almost entirely from recycled materials and papier mache.

 

The prop features a mechanism which allows it to be manually operated. When operated the tombstone cracks in half revealing the Son of Buster creature lurking behind the tombstone.

http://youtu.be/q6mSnbw8ivM

 

 

This piece had to be created for under $20 dollars so the hardware choices were economical, if you plan on building this I would suggest using additional material resulting in a sturdier prop (such as larger hinges, etc.).

 

Son of Buster took approximately 30 hours to create over the course of a month. This was a fun build and there was a fair amount of experimentation and new techniques in regards to creating the head and the hands. The final prop stands about 3 ½ feet tall and is 2 feet wide.

 

Click here for the tutorial.

Mighty Midland Mantis

 

Completed a 5 ½ foot tall praying mantis sculpture for the 2013 Summer Sculpture Series Downtown Midland.

 

The big guy will be delivered this week and all things considered it was a very fun project.

 

The “Mighty Midland Mantis” was constructed from ½ inch pieces of plywood that were designed to fit together using minimum hardware.

 

The project was very much like assembling a large wood puzzle.

 

The sculpture will be displayed in the downtown are of the city during June, July, August and September.

 

Click here for construction photos.