Arsenic Asylum Miniature

New tutorial on building the Arsenic Asylum miniature and digitally compositing the indivisual elements.


Click here for the tutorial.

Tales From Reardon Institute

Boris Update

A quick update on my troll for the 2011 Midland Downtown Sculpture Series, each individual element for Boris is complete and the next step is assembling all the pieces and filling the interior spaces with expandable foam.


At this point the basic shape is roughed out but there is still a lot of work to do adding finishing details and textures. Boris still needs warts, hair, arms, burlap cape and the final skin texture.


Note that in the photos the head is just sitting on top of the body structure, when it is actually assembled it will sort of be sunk into the top of the body, lowered about 10 inches and positioned looking more straight forward versus looking up.


Currently his progress is dependent on the weather because he needs to be completed in our garage as he is too large to get through the doorway of our house.  Lately the weather has been a little too cold (and wet) for me to comfortably work in the garage, hopefully this next week temperatures will start to warm up into the mid 60’s.


Overall he is shaping up according to plan and I’m really looking forward to seeing him complete and take his place downtown Midland.


The Wardens

Completed three new character heads built for this year’s display, the creatures are called “Wardens” and are the result of possessed pumpkins evolving into something sinister, something evil, something big.


My display really needed something creepy to balance the goofy props I’ve been building lately so the pumpkins got some Wardens.


The bodies are still in the construction phase and should be complete by the end of next week.


Fingers crossed.

The Life of Charlie: Day 89

This is the final post of “The Life of Charlie”, the experiment where I put one of my sealed papier mache pumpkins outside to withstand the elements and see how it goes.


The good news is that Charlie survived without a trace of damage due to moisture, this information should give you a little confidence when displaying your hard work outside.


Charlie is still outside, but now he has a little bit of company as he joins 22 other pumpkins for a pre-Halloween display on our front porch.


He’s happy to have some company and even happier that a good coat of Spar Urethane kept him safe and sound.


Thanks Charlie and have a great Halloween!

Great Pumpkin Mash Up

Finally getting some projects completed for our Halloween Display 2010, these three large pumpkins stand almost three feet tall and are a mash up of several different projects.

The pumpkins used the trash bag method, the cardboard strip method and the face techniques use for DEMONIKUS.

The tutorial will be available after Halloween, for now I need to keep checking projects off the list.

Build On!

Faux Barbed Wire

This is a very easy way to make some convincing rusted looking barbed wire to enhance your props or costume and the best part is that it’s safe and inexpensive.

This prop does not involve the use of a papier mache (gasp!) but it does make a nice enhancement to your papier mache props.

The Faux Barbed Wire is made from twine, craft foam and black latex paint.
The complete instruction can be found here.

Pumpkins v2.0

Another approach to making papier mache pumpkins using recycled cardboard to create a simple armature that can be papier mached.

This technique is great for making smaller pumpkins perfect for tabletop or mantle displays.

The armature technique is simple and very dependable allowing you to create your very pumpkin patch with relative ease.

Complete tutorial can be found here.