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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Forgotten Familiar on: January 10, 2014 09:46:22 PM
You might want to try a product called Testors Dullcote if you are having trouble getting the matte finish you want.

Strangely I've had a heck of a time trying to find this. Can't seem to find it in Ottawa. Though I suppose maybe miniatures online stores may have it. But I'm still trying to find it.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mummified Hand on: January 03, 2014 05:29:06 PM
Inspired by Delta Green's D-Stacks Artefacts: "Purchased by an expedition in the T'aasii N'aajer in North Africa from a local Berber tribe leader, this odd mummified hand belongs to a creature known to the tribe as a "Selaama" or Son of the Desert. It is a dried sinewy piece of a forearm and hand whose fingers end in long bone talons. One finger is missing all musculature and skin. Apparently the natural heat and dryness of the desert mummified the hand."



Corpsing done entirely in paper mch and acrylics with a good layer of clay dust. The box is a cheap dollar store purchase with wood dye and foam and fabric inserts and I also used rusting chemicals to age the hardware.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Finger Pen on: January 03, 2014 01:19:12 PM
Cast replicas of finger bones, pen nib, wire, epoxy, fabric hot clue and some dye. It is a gift from my character to another in a larp I play in. I was inspired by the fact that the last phalange on fingers and toes actually does resemble a nib.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Phrenology Helmet on: October 08, 2013 02:37:53 PM
Maybe it's me but I read a macabre awesomeness in this. Since it's a helmet and supposed to protect your brain, then the helmet shows what "would be damaged" if certain parts of the helmet were crushed or at least which parts were saved.

This definitely rocks.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crown of Teeth on: October 06, 2013 08:18:30 PM
Yes I do the "gums" by spreading a bunch of layers and then I do the teeth separately, go for a drop shaped and then snip off the ends and then glue them onto the gums and go over once more near the bottom of the teeth give the impression that they are inside the gum, then paint. You can also paint the gums beforehand. Also, if you make nicks and scratches in the teeth, then when you put the stain on, it will go inside the cracks and give you a nice nasty teeth look.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crown of Teeth on: October 06, 2013 05:39:36 AM
Because really, is your life complete without one?
Seriously though, it will be part of an upcoming LARP, as an accessory to one of the costume. I'm anxious to see if players will dare to put it on. It is made entirely of hot glue (the fabric kind) and coloured with wood stain. The stain gives great uneven and nasty shades but it takes a couple of days to dry completely.



The basic idea behind the techniques can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtpoCzC5qRY

But once yous start, why limit yourself to human sized teeth or just a small plate? It leads to a very flexible and solid product and frankly, I'd recommend fabric glue all around. It stays more flexible and isn't that hard to colour.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie and the Moon on: October 02, 2013 05:45:44 PM
*bows down to your stitching skills* Very nice Smiley
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Jacket on: September 26, 2013 04:04:21 AM
Add me on the list of those who want the pattern. I love the collar and hood and the straps and just about everything about it o.O
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Monster Madness on: September 24, 2013 03:53:31 AM
They are adorable and would make fantastic plush toys too. I especially like the red one at the end. The colour scheme is great. Maybe make a "bathtime" monster with a rubber ducky and a shower cap or towel or some such? I could totally see a kitchen / cooking one too. Monsters for all rooms! Smiley
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Poorly Preserved Mummy on: September 12, 2013 05:41:29 AM
Thank you. It's very easy to make.

I bought a crappy skeleton in a Halloween decoration section ... as long as the proportions are decent that's all that matters. I then disjointed it and re-jointed (hips, elbows, knees, shoulders) it with rope (easier to pose and limbs won't snap off). I also cut all the finger and toe bones into pieces and re-glued them into the position I wanted (slightly curled and such). I did the same with the neck to give it a bit of movement and look more natural. I used hot glue for all of this

Then I made the "skin" by using layers of plastic drop cloths and shrank them with a heat gun ... fingers are a bit of a pain to do individually but it's worth it. The more layers you do the more wrinkly it gets and if the heat poke a hole, all the better. Just make sure you don't melt your skeleton. Doing several layers over the joints also helps put them in the position you want.

The main colour comes from wood stain (dark walnut) and then a bit of dry brushing with raw umber, antique white, black, etc.

The cloth strips are just random cotton dipped in a tea + raw umber acrylic paint and then dried in the oven. Arms and hands were hot glued into position and arms and legs were tied (hemp rope in dipped in the same stain) and I put the cloth strips in place with double sided tape.

And finally a generous coating of "dust" ... I used grey clay powder which I get it at health food stores in the clay mask section.
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