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« on: October 07, 2013 03:01:29 PM »



I had 5 rigid foam head stones that I made 13 years ago before the interwebs was quite so wonderfully deep and wide and before I had as much experience with making.  I"ve seen so many cool hand-crafted headstones and tutorials on making them that I decided to recon mine.  Here is a before shot with the standard dog photobomb.



I looked at lots of tutes all over the interwebs and kind of combined techniques to go with the tools and supplies I had on hand and what seemed to work for me.  And here are two of the five.



I tried to keep them old and creepy looking, but also with a touch of humor.  That combo is kind of my Halloween M.O.



FYI: when I saw the "noir" setting on The ManFlesh's iPhone camera that came with the iOS7 update, I knew I wanted to take pics of my bone yard with it, so I set aside the 3-4 hours to download and install just for that feature alone.

Finally, a pic w/o filters. We we live in the mountains and in the forest and for the most part our 5 acres slant a little. This is a mostly flat spat that the former owners had placed the birdbath in and had some flower beds bordering. We couldn't quite figure out why until we realized that it's a good spot to see the view of the valley.  Well, it's also the perfect spot for a bone yard because it's flat-ish and we can see if from the house and the driveway.  I repositioned the bench and the bird bath to look more like a grave yard situation.  I have plans to expand and improve this in Halloweens to come!



I've done a more in depth post about the process for the headstones on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2013/10/bitterroot-bone-yard.html

I posted here about the way I made installing these quick and easy: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427713.msg5100180#msg5100180
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013 06:51:26 PM »

HA HA HA! Hugh Jass! LOVE IT! It looks real, like you just wen to a graveyard and took a picture. Very cool!
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013 07:11:42 PM »

HA HA HA! Hugh Jass! LOVE IT! It looks real, like you just wen to a graveyard and took a picture. Very cool!

Thank you!  It was really fun which is good, because it took AGES.  There is also a Ben Dover. Ahem.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013 07:57:34 PM »

These are great - and spooky even without "noir"!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013 08:50:29 PM »

Whoa, I really love these. You did a great job, and so freakin' creative with the names. And I love how sloped the area is; it makes me think that the decaying bodies are slowly slumping over...  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2013 09:40:24 AM »

These are great - and spooky even without "noir"!!

Thank you!  I think it'll be even spookier when I accomplish the other features I am plotting.  (pun intended)

Whoa, I really love these. You did a great job, and so freakin' creative with the names. And I love how sloped the area is; it makes me think that the decaying bodies are slowly slumping over...  Shocked

I love that you're imaging that! The pic (an iPhone panorama) makes it looks more sloped than it is. It's actually pretty flat there.

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2013 10:17:30 AM »

What an awesome graveyard you have. Your upgraded tombstones are the bomb!
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013 11:46:59 AM »

What an awesome graveyard you have. Your upgraded tombstones are the bomb!

Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013 12:24:23 PM »

I don't know what this "noir" thing is but your pictures are fabulous.

I love the humor on your tombstones and you really nailed the old stone look.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2013 07:51:42 AM »

I just featured your scary cemetery on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2013 10:42:31 AM »

I don't know what this "noir" thing is but your pictures are fabulous.

I love the humor on your tombstones and you really nailed the old stone look.

Aw, thanks!  The noir this is just a setting on the iPhone camera that makes a b/w image that's a little underexposed-looking, grainy and seems to mess with the depth of field, too.

I just featured your scary cemetery on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing. Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2013 09:07:24 AM »

Your headstones made me think of the Edward Gorey opening credits to Mystery! on PBS.
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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2013 12:18:14 PM »

Your headstones made me think of the Edward Gorey opening credits to Mystery! on PBS.


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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013 06:32:24 AM »

Super cool. I love Halloween. You have done a remarkable job of re-creating things. I am in the hills of Tennessee, and we have so many family cemetaries on their property that it is UnGodly (pun intended there, too. R.I.P for the good folks buried, sorry to poke fun) but, hey. I thank my creator that I wake on this side of the dirt.  Grin I still love the Holiday, and I enjoyed taking your photo tour. Wonderful job. And glad you have been featured on Facebook for this. You deserve it.

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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2013 10:18:12 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectGrin
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2013 10:27:48 AM »

Super cool. I love Halloween. You have done a remarkable job of re-creating things. I am in the hills of Tennessee, and we have so many family cemetaries on their property that it is UnGodly (pun intended there, too. R.I.P for the good folks buried, sorry to poke fun) but, hey. I thank my creator that I wake on this side of the dirt.  Grin I still love the Holiday, and I enjoyed taking your photo tour. Wonderful job. And glad you have been featured on Facebook for this. You deserve it.

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Thanks so much! I have searched many many images for research and was so happy I found several of small family cemeteries. It would be so neat to have such a thing on one's property even if they weren't your family.  I wouldn't feel right making such part of my Halloween decorations, though.  I'd still have to make a fake one.

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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2013 09:08:34 AM »

These are faaaaaantastic! I checked out the link to your blog post and am very much inspired. Looks like I got myself a project to try next year  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2013 11:15:09 AM »

These are faaaaaantastic! I checked out the link to your blog post and am very much inspired. Looks like I got myself a project to try next year  Cheesy

Awww, thank you so much! It's a very satisfying project and I think worth the work as the 'stones can be used year after year.
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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2013 04:08:17 PM »

The originals are pretty cool - but the afters are AWESOME! 

May I ask how you got them to stand up and withstand wind & the elements?  (Maybe I just missed that...)
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2013 10:04:06 AM »

The originals are pretty cool - but the afters are AWESOME! 

May I ask how you got them to stand up and withstand wind & the elements?  (Maybe I just missed that...)

Thanks!  The end of the original post has 2 links and I think either would take you to explanations of how they're set up!
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