Making Skulls

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Hi there haunters! (the small percentage of this blog’s readers who care about Halloween, anyway)

To be brief, I did a 3 part tutorial series on YouTube over the last few weeks, so I wanted to collect them in one place. If you’d like to know how to make something like the image above, have a watch!

First, a prelude.

And now, the tutorial itself.

Halloween 2012 – An Art Project

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This year I diverted a lot of free time from other hobbies and focused on one project; something you might think a complete waste of time. This year, and I do mean the entire year, I made a haunted house. The following are the details—and my attempt at justifying such behaviour.


Why, you might ask—must a blog about rationality, reason, skepticism, art and astronomy—be so encumbered with posts about… Halloween?

“I used to come here for science, or at least pretty pictures, guldangit! Why is this fool posting stuff about zombies and ghouls that I don’t believe in! I HATE this Brad Blogspeed!”

Whoa. Easy partner. Maybe I should explain my Halloween obsession a little before you write this blog off forever. Perhaps by the end I’ll be able to convince you of the following: that this spooky project was indeed my first ever cross-media art exhibit—something I’ve wanted to do forever—oh-so cleverly disguised as a haunted house.

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A Glorious Homemade Horror Show

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Travel through time in a steampunk inspired machine; visit dinosaurs, Nazi Germany, and be stalked by Jack the Ripper… all inside the garage of some very creative twins!


Pay attention now. You’re about to see something truly unique.

The other day my friend Paul Clinton turned me on to a fantastic bit of DIY wizardry, and I just have to share. Ladies and gentlemen, witness perhaps the single greatest live-action horror show ever to be built into somebody’s garage: Machine. Read the rest of this entry

A Stack of Skulls

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So some of you might remember the Shrunken Head Corpsing Tutorial I did a while back. At the end of that post I mentioned that I wanted to do a full stack of them; providing that I could find a bunch of similarly sized styrofoam skulls to start from.

Well, I found them! One of the local dollar stores put out some of last year’s Halloween stock, and amongst it were the exact same miniature pirate skulls I had used previously. I took the 5 they had left, whipped out the Apoxie, and got sculpting.

More Halloween Progress

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In my workshop of horrors, much evil is afoot. From down the stairs and around the corner, beside the creaky boiler, come the sounds of hammer strikes and children’s wails. The shipments of blood and glue and leather have all arrived, and soon all my monstrosities will be complete.

Muhuhaha! MUHUHUHAHAHAHAH!


So below is a sampling of some of the props I’ve been working on for my 2012 haunted house. There are many more to come, and a few I don’t want to reveal, but I figured I’d offer a sneak peak. Everything pictured here is handmade by yours truly, other than some old knick-knacks I’ve found at garage sales.

Tomorrow is Scarefest!

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So what are you doing this weekend, huh? 

Right, right… a BBQ at Aunt Sally’s Saturday evening you say? And a trip to the zoo on Sunday? I see, so your plans include the simple pleasures of spending time with family and friends.

Sounds boring.

I mean, you can do that kind of stuff on any old weekend. This Saturday however, isn’t just any old day. What if I told you there was an opportunity to get an advanced taste of everyone’s favourite holiday… a chance to enjoy a little bit of Halloween in the middle of the summer? No dear readers, I will not be spending my Saturday rooting around in foam coolers for the last Coors Light while Uncle Jack talks my ear off. Instead, I will be at Canada’s premier convention for Halloween enthusiasts, Scarefest 2012!

3 New Props

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Greetings! Have to be snappy today, so here’s a quick look at three new props out of the Goodspeed workshop of horrors. I’ll follow that with some shots of stuff I’ve found for the haunted house. 

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Olivia: A Busty Halloween Prop

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Howdy Halloweeners!

An ultra quick tutorial today for an ultra quick prop. In trying to assemble more items for the spooky shrine I'm building into this year's haunt, the priority has been to build unique, but not incredibly time consuming pieces. Meet Olivia, (again, named by my kids) a spooky bust that took just a few hours to build.

I was lucky enough to find this piece at Goodwill for 3 dollars. I think it's intended to be used by little girls who want to learn how to tie braids. How sweet. Now to make something demented out of it instead!

Olivia – A Busty Little Halloween Prop

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Howdy Halloweeners!

An ultra quick tutorial today for an ultra quick prop. In trying to assemble more items for the spooky shrine I’m building into this year’s haunt, the priority has been to build unique, but not incredibly time consuming pieces. Meet Olivia, (again, named by my kids) a spooky bust that took just a few hours to build.

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Betty: A Nude, Coyote-Skulled, Satanic Statue

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How to make a creepy looking statue for your haunted house.

Hi folks! Apologies ahead of time to the science-leaning fans of the blog, because I know it’s been awhile since I’ve put out that sort of content, but I have another Halloween prop tutorial to share! Huzzah!

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