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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 10, 2013 08:08:49 AM
Thanks guys! I'm glad you like it!

Corchen: I don't know if you're familiar with Jacob Petersson (at curiomira.blogspot.com), if you're into old, dusty, otherwordly stuff, you'll love it!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 09, 2013 02:45:50 AM
Haha thanks! I'm already a big fan of propnomicon, it's actually the blog which inspired this hand, if you ever take the time to read the full tutorial! I've already been featured on there once, too. Great guy, and great blog. Thanks for sharing it, though!

I've never tried candle casting, I should try it, though. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 08, 2013 12:11:17 PM
Thanks everyone!

Corchen: One grabbing a candle is a great idea, it would look creepy as hell. I might be tempted to try that later on.

As for the purpose, it's only decorative. I'm making gaffs such as this hand or my shrunken heads ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411928.msg4866206#msg4866206 ) mostly for fun, and try to sell 'em afterwards.

WideEyedLife: Please do! the process is really fun, and even if you're not into macabre decor, it makes a great halloween decoration!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 08, 2013 09:39:27 AM
Hey there crafty folks!

I recently finished making & mounting a hand of glory reproduction.

A hand of glory, for those not versed much in old creepy talismans or the potter verse (Draco Malfoy uses one to escape the room of requirements!), is the mummified hand of a criminal who died at the gallows.

This was used mostly by thiefs because when the fingers, or a candle made from the fat of the dead man placed in the palm, were lit, the inhabitants of a building would fall into a deep sleep, that only blowing out the flames (only milk or blood used to work, according to some) could arouse them (from their sleep. Not something else. silly.)

I made mine using traditional corpsing techniques, by applying liquid latex and toilet paper on a skeleton hand armature, which I made using crappy, cheap markers, hot glue & string.

Those are the fingers before beefing up the knuckles

Knuckles beefed up!

Now with a newspaper & tape forearm

And here's the beef!

Plastic nails were added

And now a bit of paint...

And here's your hand!

It's looking so much better enshrined in a shadow box.

It took just a few hours to make,  the hand cost tops 5$ in materials, and you can make it cheaper using glue instead of latex, the most expensive part was the shadow box which I got unfinished at a local craft store for 8.99$.

If you liked it, I've got a much more in depth, step-by-step, picture heavy tutorial on my blog, in two parts. Feel free to take a look over there!

Part One: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-one.html

Part Two: http://darkartifacts.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-hand-of-glory-part-2.html

I hope you enjoyed!
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: N. W. Hammersworth, Esq., & M. Cockburn. Portraits. on: January 07, 2013 08:14:19 AM
Thanks a lot, guys!  Grin
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / N. W. Hammersworth, Esq., & M. Cockburn. Portraits. on: December 28, 2012 09:29:17 PM
Hey there! Just wanted to share with you two "portraits", painted on Photoshop CS6, using the smallest Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch tablet ever.

First, we have Sir Nigel W. Hammersworth, Esq.

Followed by Lord Montgomery Cockburn.

I hope you like em!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Imp-like thing on: September 12, 2012 03:51:35 PM
Now that's my type of craft! Lovely work on this one.

To get an antique, dusty, mummified look, when the varnish is still tacky, I smother the object in ashes (not charcoal, mind you; good ol' grey, dusty, light ashes) and rub/brush off the excess. That way, you get a matte finish except on certain raised surfaces you rub a bit more, and it looks like centuries old dust has settled in the cracks of the object.

You can see an example of this on my feejee mermaid tutorial!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Tsantsa with tutorial links on: August 08, 2012 06:57:17 AM
Damn, those things actually make me wish I had a car! It's hard to see, but in the back seem near the top I included a little twine loop for the exact purpose of hanging them like that.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Tsantsa with full tutorial on: August 01, 2012 02:58:57 PM
hehe well I was going for realism, mostly, but shrunken heads being, y'know, shrunken human heads, creepy defines those pretty well! thanks!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Skeleton Bird Woman on: August 01, 2012 02:58:02 PM
beautiful work, absolutely gorgeous!
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