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RKEM
« on: September 11, 2013 06:25:00 PM »

This is not a Halloween decor project per say but will be a prop in a LARP that I will run soon. But it will happen on October 26th so close enough Tongue. The measuring tape gives you an idea of the scale. I was going for a very damaged mummy ... more like the kind that they have in Europe rather than the traditional Egyptian ones.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013 07:23:48 PM »

Wonderful!  It really has that mummy-unwrapping-party residue vibe going.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2013 08:23:25 PM »

How cool!  It looks pretty real... what did you make it out of?
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2013 02:24:19 AM »

It looks awesome. And creepy. I'm so jealous I wanna LARP but ours pretty much disbanded.  I also wanna know how you did it. Very cool!
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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2013 06:14:05 AM »

Pinned and "This rocks!"
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2013 06:24:26 AM »

Holy crap, that looks amazing!  Shocked  You did an awesome job, and it's super creepy.  The position it's in is pretty horrifying.  It does not look like it died a peaceful death.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2013 06:10:45 PM »

My first thought that this could not possibly be crafted.  OMG!  I am impressed by your work.  This Rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2013 07:07:51 PM »

I just love this!  Thanks so much for sharing so much detail on the process.  One of these is on my short list and now I'm even more inspired.  Pinned and rocked!
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2013 06:48:58 PM »

Looks like one of those peatbog human sacrifice mummies from England! Very nicely done!
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