October 16th, 2010
October 9th, 2010
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.
October 8th, 2010
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!
October 4th, 2010
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 tutorial will be available after Halloween, for now I need to keep checking projects off the list.
August 3rd, 2010
These three pumpkins were started a couple of weeks ago and are the result of mixing three of my different projects into one…the trash bag pumpkins, the new cardboard strip pumpkins and the screaming ½ skulls.
The progress so far is promising…these guys will eventually have eyeballs and get painted with an airbrush.
July 9th, 2010
July 9th, 2010
June 21st, 2010
DEMONIKUS was created for the June 2010 entry into The Mad Lab monthly prop building contest which required the construction of a Halloween prop from any kind of hat.
My concept involved using an old plastic hardhat, recycled cardboard and papier mache to create a demon-like skull.
The resulting piece is 22 inches long and 17 inches wide.
Tutorial can be found here.
May 10th, 2010
Thank you to everyone that commented and supported the creation of Buster Gravesley, my entry into the HauntForum 2010 $20 Prop Challenge.
Buster clawed his way to victory after a week long battle for the top spot and I must say that it was a thrill and an honor to compete along side these top caliber props.
Thank you to HauntForum and Zombie-F for hosting the challenge and to all the sponsors that donated prizes.
Finally I would like to thank the HauntForum members that cast votes and those that submitted entries into the contest.
April 30th, 2010
Buster Gravesley is my 2010 entry in the Hauntforum $20 Prop Challenge. Buster is a Zombie/Coffin Groundbreaker standing approximately 4 feet tall and mounted on a plywood base that can be angled in different directions when displayed.
This prop was made from numerous recycled materials including; newspaper, cardboard, plastic bags, aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs. The project was started March 4th, 2010 and completed on April 2nd, 2010. The total cost for this prop was $19.03.
Project tutorial and more photos can be found here.
Update: A few more “tidbits” of information regarding the construction of “Buster” have been posted over at ScottyArt, some more information on the coffin, bones and the first attempt at the eyeball.