Welcome All to the new and improved Halloween24x7.com.
Since Halloween, I decided to take a break from building props and decorations and focus on my website. My goal was to replace my Shopify store with a store that I had full creative control over. I wanted to be able to customize even the most minute details to provide an excellent experience. So far, I have a very easy to use administrative UI, my blogs and a full blown store. How is that "special", you may be asking... I have automated many of the mundane tasks that require attention at other sites, so my focus can be more in the creative realm.
This year my Friend Angela asked me if I would be interested in walking the floor at Scarefest. Well, of course, I said yes. With only a couple weeks to prepare, I pulled my old tall ghost rig out of storage and popped it on. I wanted to make a few changes to it so that I would have better control of the arm movement.
I watched a number of videos of other people building a vacuum mold machine to make molds to mass produce items. I saw Jay Olson using a store bought mold to mass produce paper mache clay skulls and thought that it would be cool to make my own vacuum mold machine.
I've been building cloth mache ghosts for a while now and they have continued to get larger and larger. After creating my cloth mache mini reaper and seeing how cute he turned out, I decided to give a cloth mache mini ghost a shot. I really like how it turned out using my single sheet technique.
I decided to take a break from making cloth mache Grim Reapers and Ghosts for a little while and made a number of skull head bottles and apothecary witch's jars with various contents: Bone Powder, Viper Venom, Frog's Blood, Bat Blood, Spider Venom, Pirate Skull Bottle, Bat Wings, Horn Dust of the Unicorn and more.
I've been building cloth mache Grim Reapers and Ghosts for a while now and really enjoy the entire process from start to finish. For the mini Reaper, I used red LEDs for the piercing eyes and red/amber LEDs to produce a firey underglow. I draped it in black cloth mache meticulously setting each fold for a perfect look.
In February of 2014 I decided to give foam coat a shot after watching numerous YouTube videos. I ordered the starter kit and have successfully completed a number of projects since then, but this was my first. I decided on the Gears of War cog as my first project, because it's a game that my son enjoys playing and I thought that he would like to have a replica for his wall.