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Misgivings Day Project: Paper Mache Bust

on September 14, 2012 - 9:47am

I've been working on casting a form from a mannequin (don't we all have mannequins hanging around?) using paper mache. It's the first prop for my Halloween theme this year, and probably the one that will take the most time. 

Thought I would share the process so far. 

Miss Mannequin gets covered in tinfoil. To help keep the tinfoil in place without actually attaching it to the form, I've put tack adhesive putty on spots around her body (especially around the facial features). I want it to stay in place, but I want to be able to remove the tinfoil and paper mache form fairly easily when I'm done.

Covered Miss M with a layer of newspaper using watered-down white glue. Basically, I rip newspapers into strip, coat them in the glue/water mix, and smooth them over the tinfoil. For a more detailed explanation of my technique, check out my tutorial

Since she is so large, for the first layer I used fairly big pieces of newspaper for the torso. After it was completely dry, I added a second layer of more traditionally small pieces. The smaller pieces tend to give a smoother finish and allow you to work around angles. 

Advice Needed for Large Plants

on August 26, 2010 - 3:01pm

I still have to take some proper photos of the large plants, but I wanted to post this so I could get some feedback before you all vanished for the day. I'll be asking people on twitter as well.

I'm toying with the idea of adding black ribbon tied in a bow around the pot of the plants. I've taken a quick shot of the red plant with the bow and without (see image below).

I'm leaning toward a yes for the ribbon. What do you lot think?

Yes? No?

If someone actually buys one of the large plants (not holding my breath but you never know), and they don't like the ribbon, they can simply take it off. But if it's too...I don't know...fancy? Girlie? I don't want to take away from the overall look of the plant.

So please weigh in with your opinion! And remember, I don't have time to come up with an alternative. It's either yes ribbon, or no ribbon.


129 Eyeballs Later

on August 23, 2010 - 7:38am

I was able to finish all 43 of the little plants by Saturday night, which takes a lot of the pressure off me as the countdown to Friday continues.

I've been working non-stop the past week or so, and will continue to push through until Thursday. Still have to paint the eyeballs for the 3 large plants, and finish the 3 Plague Doctors who are waiting for their faces to be sculpted.

In between, I'll be gathering the other million little things you need to have at a show. And I am absolutely itching to post pictures of some of the new little minions for you, but there just isn't time right now.

I'm excited for Festival of Fear. I'm also really looking forward to the relaxing Monday that follows it.

Up to My Eyeballs in Plants

on August 18, 2010 - 1:22pm

Can't sleep. The plants will eat me. Can't sleep. The plants will eat me.

That's what it's been like for me for the past several days. Or has it been weeks? I've lost all track of time in my dark garden as I cultivate 43 little plants and 3 large ones.

People often ask me how long it takes to make these, especially lately when I mentioned I was making such a big batch at once. To entertain myself, I've decided to measure it by my Twin Peaks collection (as this is what I decided to watch each time I sat down to work on them).

Turns out it takes longer than the entire series of 29 episodes, plus a few hours of bonus features, plus the movie Fire Walk With Me.

I had guessed I'd be in the special features by the time I was working on the pupils. Man, was I off.

Must go. I have a week left to get these puppies done, and I still have the crazy notion I might be able to get a Plague Doctor or two finished before the 27th. *twitch*

Plus, I need to get to the store. I have this weird craving for doughnuts and cherry pie.