Blog Archives

Evolution

October 16th, 2010

 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | Comment now »

 

The Wardens

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.


 

Fingers crossed.

 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 1 Comment »

 

The Life of Charlie: Day 89

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!



 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 1 Comment »

 

Great Pumpkin Mash Up

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 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!



 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 2 Comments »

 

August Projects: Pumpkin Mashups

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.


 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 3 Comments »

 

Faux Barbed Wire

July 9th, 2010

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.

 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 3 Comments »

 

Pumpkins v2.0

July 9th, 2010

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.

 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | Comment now »

 

DEMONIKUS

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.




 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 4 Comments »

 

A Big Thank You

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.


Keep building!

 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | Comment now »

 

Buster Gravesley

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.


 

Posted by scottastoll | Filed in RAMBLINGS | 1 Comment »