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.


 

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Up For Grabs

July 28th, 2010

Created my first works to sell, three large skull wall hangings featuring demonically sharp teeth, intricate textures and wide gaping mouths.



After they were completed I thought they would be awesome hanging on our bedroom wall but my wife didn’t groove on the idea  … so … you can find them on Etsy.



 

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New Skulls In The Works

July 15th, 2010

Working on three new Screaming Half Skulls which should be done by the end of the week.


These skulls are being created to sell on Etsy, my first venture into selling my work.


The hard part I’m finding is that I really like the way they are turning out so parting with them might be a touch painful.


Here’s hoping they find a good home!


 

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The Life of Charlie

July 11th, 2010

Meet Charlie, he’s an everyday papier mache pumpkin that volunteered, or rather was drafted for an interesting experiment.

Charlie’s new job is to test the durability of weatherproof coating on papier mache props and he started his new job today (Saturday, July 10th, 2010).

Charlie was painted with black exterior latex paint and acrylics then sealed with one coat of spar urethane.

To reduce the shine of the urethane he was also sprayed with a coat of clear flat enamel.

Charlie’s tour of duty will end on October 31st, 2010…yup, he’s staying outside until Halloween, that’s 112 days rain or shine.

Charlie will be moving to different locations around our yard during the next couple of months and I will post  updates as to his progress.

Good luck Charlie, you’re a trooper!

 

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Screaming Half Skulls

July 11th, 2010


The Screaming Half Skulls were made in a similar fashion to the DEMONIKUS skull but rather than using a hard hat they started with half of a papier mached balloon.


The Screaming Half Skulls can be hung on a wall or incorporated into a full three dimensional prop for your haunting pleasure.


These pieces were all created with recycled materials including cardboard and newspaper.


Each skull is approximately 22 inches tall and feature open eye sockets making it possible for the addition of lights or eyeballs.


Click here to see the gallery.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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