Monday, October 20, 2014

Walking Dead Inspired Zombie Halloween Wall Hanging

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I saw this mold online and thought it would be cool to do a project with it, so I ordered it!  Now, I thought it was going to be silicone, but it's not.  It is plastic.  Instead of doing a resin project, I changed gears and went for a plaster project.  


In the past, I have had trouble when trying to mix plaster.  It hardens too fast and it clumps up on me.  I knew I was doing something wrong, but I didn't know what.  I decided to research and I found this video, which I found to be very helpful:



With my new knowledge in hand, I was ready to start and the plaster of paris mixed up like a charm!!

You will need:

-  Plaster of Paris
-  Acrylic paint (suggested:  greens, black, blues, grays, red, dark purple, white, off white)
-  Zombie mold
-  Triple Thick or a high gloss finish
-  Paint brushes
-  Paper towels
-  Water
-  Container to mix plaster
-  Drop of dish soap 
-  Wire to insert in the back - I used 16 gauge


Here is the video tutorial:





Here is the mold from Amazon, as well as some Plaster of Paris:




Directions:
1.  Mix your plaster, according to the package directions.
2.  In a spray bottle, mix water with one drop of dish soap.  Spray your mold, let excess run out.
3.  Pour in plaster.  Tap the mold on the table gently, to help bubbles rise and help it level off.  I took and old towel and made a little stand for the mold, since it is not flat on the bottom.  It allowed it to sit level, while hardening.  Give it a minute or so to set just a little before inserting the wire.  You want the looped part of the wire sticking out and being near the top of the head, so you can hang it.
4.  Allow to harden and then carefully remove it from the mold.  FYI:  I let mine dry for a while after I removed it from the mold, because it still felt cold and wet.
5.  Now it is time to paint.  I mixed a light gray, a green and a blue together  (By mix, I mean I had them all on the brush at the same time, but I didn't actually mix them together to create a new color.  All the colors existed separately, but also blended together.).  Allow to dry.
6.  I took red, dark purple and black and used them together to paint the mouth and any other sores I wanted to highlight.  Allow to dry.
7.  I used white and off white to paint the eyes and teeth.
8.  I took black and dark gray to paint the eyebrows.
9.  I took red and a toothpick and created blood vessels on the whites of the eyes.
10.  I took a light gray, on the end of a paint brush to created the color of the eye.
11.  Once everything dried, I gave it a wash.  I took watered down gray and black paints and painted it all over the head - one section at a time.  I immediately wiped it off with a paper towel.  That leaves dark in the cracks and crevices and makes it look more realistic and weathered.
12.  Once dry, I used red, black and purple on a brush and painted on the edged of the bloody sores.  I immediately took a paper towel and smeared it, so the edges of the sores would not be so harsh.
13.  I added Triple Thick to parts of the bloody areas, to give it a fresh, wet look.  I also added the Triple Thick to the eyes.


Let it dry and that is it!!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona







Friday, October 17, 2014

Werewolf Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I was asked to try my hand at making a werewolf coaster and this what I came up with!

You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin
-  Pigment dyes (optional)
-  Acrylic paint - flesh, black and two different browns
-  Red and black craft foam
-  Eyes and nose
-  Inexpensive vampire teeth - the thinner the better
-  Dimensional paint - two different browns

Here is the coaster mold and the resin I used:



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  You can use pigment to make it brown, or skip it and just use acrylic paint in the next step.  Pour into mold.
2.  Once the first layer of resin has cured, paint on the face portion and the ears (see video above).  Allow to dry.
3.  Take two different colors of brown paint and paint on the hair.  Allow to dry.  Paint black accents on the ears and the snout.
4.  In the meantime, cut the teeth from the vampire fangs and cut the posts off the back of the eyes and nose.
5.  Glue the eyes and nose into place.
6.  Cut a piece of red craft foam to fit behind the teeth.
7.  Cut two thin strips of black craft foam.  Glue mouth together as shown in picture above.
8.  Put layers of the dimensional paint on top to the original brown paint.  Allow to dry.
9.  Prepare enough resin to cover everything.  Allow to cure. 

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted Zombie House - DIY Craft for Halloween

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I wanted to show that you can use mold for different things than their original intended uses.  I used the gingerbread house mold that I used last Christmas to create a one of a kind Halloween decoration that will last for years to come!


You will need:
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold
-  Resin - I used Envirotex Lite (For more info on Envirotex Lite, go to www.eti-usa.com.)
-  Pigment dyes for resin (You can color your resin any way you prefer, but I used the pigment dyes.)
-  Acrylic paint - I used gray, brown, red and black
-  Sheet moss and Spanish moss
-  Zombie figurines - I found unexpectedly found them at Michaels
-  Base - I used a basswood base
-  Brown sand 
-  Glue - I used E6000, Elmers, Ultimate and hot glue
-  Various decorations (I used skull beads, resin tombstones, fence, fall picks, plastic spiders, skull sticker, etc.)

*I made the resin tombstones from a mold I found.  I'll have everything I can find on Amazon linked at the end, incase you want to give it a shot!

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
(I will try to be as complete as I can be here, but if you have additional questions, you should definitely watch the video for clarification.)

1.  Paint the walls with streaky brown and gray.  The roof I used the brown gray and black.  The front door I used the brown, the gray and the black.  I did two coats, but I made sure that I did not cover everything.  I wanted it to look like a run down house, with paint peeling.  Allow the paint to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I worked with four ounces at a time because I did not know how much I was going to need.  The first batch I mixed white opaque dye with black, a little bit of brown and a little bit of green.  I wanted a washed out wood look.  
3.  Pour into the walls of the mold.  Be careful that you don't cover or drip on the windows.  You do want the resin to run into the frames of the windows, so you might need to carefully help it with your stir stick.  I didn't want the mold to be fully covered with this color resin because I wanted a darker color behind it, so it would be peeking out in areas.  Any excess was put into the door mold and very little was put on the roof.
4.  Run your lighter over the resin, to pop any bubbles and let cure.  
5.  Mix more resin and add black, brown and green pigments.  
6.  Pour it into the mold - again be careful about the windows.  You want to pour very slowly and help move it around with your stir stick.  Pour the rest into the roof mold.  Allow to cure.
7.  Mix some more resin.  Leave this batch clear because it is for the windows.  Pour into the mold, making sure the windows are covered and pour the rest into the roof mold.  Let it cure.
8.  Once cured, you can remove them from the mold and it is time to put them together.  I used a combination of E6000 glue and hot glue.  I applied the E6000 to the ends of the walls and them (see video above).  The E6000 takes a while to fully cure and stick, so I ran a bead of hot glue on the inside of the connecting corners, so the hot glue would hold it in place, while the E6000 finished drying.  I did the same with the roof panels.
9.  The house won't be attached to the basswood base because I want to be able to pick it up and put a tea light or something inside of it, to light it up.  The next thing to do is find the placement on the base and mark a pencil line around it.  Drill holes in the base where you want to add picks for landscaping.
10.  Mix glue and sand (you can mix the sand and resin if you would rather).  I wanted to do multiple layers, so I decided to go with the sand.  The resin is a more durable solution.
11.  Put the Crafter's Pick Ulimate glue on the base (except where the house will go).  Then spread it around.  Mix Elmers Glue and brown sand into a chunky mixture.  Apply it to the base, where the Ultimate glue was applied.  I did a thin layer.  Let it dry.
12.  Start figuring out the placement of everything.  Glue on the figurines.  Glue in the picks.  Glue on the gravestones.  
13.  The zombies I had were set on bases.  If you have similar zombies, you don't want the bases to show.  I mixed more sand and glue and applied it carefully to the bases.  I used a stir stick, a toothpick and a skewer stick to get it all done!  Blend in the sand and make the yard uneven.  
14.  If you are using a fence, now is a good time to add it.  I hot glued mine in place.
15.  Now it's time to start the real decorating.  I did red paint smear and spray to make it look like blood smears and blood spray, on the inside of the windows.  When that dried, I watered down light gray paint and painted that on the inside of the windows, so they look dirty and so no one can see inside (nothing is going on inside).
16.  Add moss.... a lot of moss.  I added moss to the framing of the house.  Along the roof, the corners and the bottom.  I added little pumpkins I cut off of floral picks.  I added two plastic spiders to the roof.  The front door has a skull sticker.  I added moss to the roof peak and plastic skull beads along the top.  I added moss in various places around the yard, to cover up hot glue by the fence. around the gravestones.  Add whatever you can find or think would appropriate or fun!  I should have your personal touches, whether the paint colors or the accessories!  
17.  Lastly, it needs something to light up the inside.  There are many options.  You could drill a hole into the base and add a light kit, like I did with the cupcake.  You do want to use a low wattage bulb if you go that route.  You will also want to add some feet to the bottom of the base, to raise it up, so the cord doesn't get in the way of sitting flat.  Since this is a holiday decoration, I wanted to have the freedom to put it wherever I wanted.  I was originally thinking of using a flickering battery tea light.  I happened across a small strobe light that runs on batteries and actually makes spooky sounds.  PERFECT!!!  Place that under the house and now you have a super spooky Halloween decoration!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!!

Mona


In case you missed it last year, here is a the Gingerbread Christmas House video:






Here are Amazon links to some of the products I used
 (or similar - I couldn't find the exact zombies and I would get a large or extra large base - most everything else is the same or very similar):





Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration
SOLD SEPARATELY. This gruesome twosome greets Halloween visitors with eyes shining a bloody, red glow and the horror of ghoulish howls. Bride and groom zombies have built-in motion detectors and can stand on any flat surface or be staked into the ground. Bride Wears a gauze wedding gown, black faux pearls and carries a bouquet of black flowers. Measures 13"W x 7 1/2"D x 48 1/2"H. Groom Wears a black gauze cape over his shirt and bow tie and a top hat. Measures 12"W x 9 1/2"D x 50"H. Each requires 3 AA batteries (not included); constructed of plastic and polyester. For display in a covered area. Bride and groom sold separately. Novelty item not a toy.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

How I Became A Middle Aged Bald Man DIY

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With Halloween getting closer, it was time to do a makeup tutorial.  This year, I decided to turn myself into a middle aged bald man.  I did just walk right into my parents' house, while they were having dinner.  They were stunned and speechless.  They swear they had no idea it was me at first.  My dad was about to jump up and kick me out.  



If you wanted to transform yourself, you will need:

-  Bald cap
-  Flesh latex
-  Spirit gum
-  Spirit gum remover
-  Setting powder
-  Fake beard
-  Flesh makeup
-  Wig cap (optional)


Here are some of the items available at Amazon, incase you wanted to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:



Directions (It's best to watch the video because I hit all the points.  I will quick a brief synopsis here.):

1.  Wash your face.  You want to be free of dirt and oils, so the products will stick.  Also, make sure you test out any products beforehand to make sure you don't have any type of bad reaction.
2.  Put on your wig cap (if needed).  Then, put on your bald cap and place it where it fits.  Mine was longer in the back and shorter in the front, so obviously the longer part was for my neck.
3.  Take a pencil and lightly draw where your ear will be.  I cut the one ear slightly too large, but was able to cover it, by sticking it to the back of my ear.  
4.  Remove the bald cap and trim the cap as needed.  Cut out the ears.  I read it is good to try to have the front of the cap placed by a forehead wrinkle.  I have plenty of those, so it worked out fine.
5.  Put the bald cap back on and fold the front up.  Put your spirit gum along the area where the cap will hit.  I but about a one inch band along my forehead.  Then, I went down by my sideburns.  The thing about spirit gum is you need to tap it with your finger, once it is on the skin, and keep doing that until it becomes sticky.  You will know when it's ready, otherwise I show you in the video above.
6.  Carefully pull the cap down and try to do it without wrinkles.  Reposition if needed.
7.  Do that along the sides and you will need someone to help you with your neck.  
8.  Once you have it placed, apply the liquid latex.  This will take multiple coats.  Apply the latex with a makeup sponge and blend it back, so it isn't a stark line.  Here is another tip.  The bald cap will take makeup very well, but differently than the latex, or your regular skin.  If you apply a think coat to the whole bald cap and even if you give yourself a harsher complexion, it will all look a little more natural.
9.  Once the latex is dry, you can apply some setting powder.
10.  It's time for facial hair!  You can put a full beard on, as it comes from the package, but I wanted a more natural look.  Apply spirit gum where you want it.  Make it sticky.  Trim small sections of hair off of the beard you bought and apply it to the spirit gum.  You will need a little patience.  I also filled in my eyebrows.
11.  Trim everything as needed.
12.  Apply your makeup.  I used regular makeup and had to go a little thicker.  It probably gave me a dewier complexion than I would have preferred.  You can go with a thicker theatrical makeup, for a different look and maybe better coverage.
13.  Once you have the make up on and blended (and you will need some help on the back of the head), apply setting powder and you are done!

Now go be a man!

I did witch make up and the accessories last year and you can find it here:


If you need tips on how to be a witch, you can find those here:




Here is a zombie makeup tutorial:



That's it!  Make yourselves beautiful!  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

Mona

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dracula Vampire Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I created a vampire coaster using acrylic paint.  I wish I had real artistic painting ability because how fun would it be to use the coasters as an actual canvas?

I think he looks a little like Eddie Munster!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - Envirotex Lite would work too!  For more info on either, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Black, red and white acrylic paint
-  2 Googly eyes
-  Resin pigments - or something to color your resin

Here are some of the items available at Amazon, incase you wanted to give them a try:






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  Make enough to cover the bottom of the mold.
2.  Color as you like.  I mixed pearl pigment dye, a couple drops of white and two drops of blue.  Experiment until you get the color you want.
3.  Pour into mold and let it cure.
4.  Use a pen or pencil to draw and outline of Dracula's hair.
5.  Using black acrylic paint, paint the hair, the eyebrows, a frown, and the nose.  The hair and eyebrows will take at least two coats.  Allow to dry.
6.  Glue the eyes into place.  I used a fast drying super glue.
7.  Using white acrylic paint, paint the fangs.
8.  Using red acrylic paint, paint a drop of blood.
9.  Allow everything to dry!
10.  Prepare more resin and pour over everything.
11.  Allow to cure.

Pop it out and you will have a cute vampire!  That's it!  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!  I'll have another Halloween coaster next week!

Mona

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Golf Ball Bat DIY - Recycling Craft

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You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Eye screw
-  Googly eyes
-  Red, white and black craft foam
-  Glue (I used hot glue, you can use any you like)
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Rotary tool to drill hole (optional - you don't have to add the eye screw, if you don't want to hang it)

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  If you want to hang it, drill a small hole into the golf ball and screw in the eye screw.  If not, skip to step 2.
2.  Paint golf ball black - this will likely take two coats.
3.  While the paint is drying, cut out two wings (black), two teeth (white), two ears (black) and a smile (red).
4.  Glue on eyes and other pieces.
5.  Touch up any glue with black paint.

That's it!  Now you have a cute bat craft!  TIP:  I keep a water bottle cap around and use it as a base for my golf balls, so they don't go rolling off while I'm working on them!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

Mona