Monday, September 03, 2007

The Roots of Evil (in process).

Headless, yes. But I think once it's complete this "scarecrow" is going to be a great addition to our haunt this year.

The main body is, at its core, constructed from perforated angle iron found at a local home improvement center. It's the stuff used for shelving. Since it's perforated, it was easy to bolt on a cross piece of flat aluminum (also perforated). I then encased the whole thing in spray foam. I worked the foam in straight lines to build up a creepy, woody-looking form. Better still, the foam was an excellent foundation to attach the roots and vines at the base and on the body. Just jammed it right in. Then secured it with a little more spray foam before spray painting. The piece is easy to anchor by pounding the bottom on the angle iron into the ground. The whole piece is very stiff but light. There's no give in the aluminum pieces so it was easy to wire two pieces of curly willow (available at better florists) for the arms and hands. Throw on some creepy cloth left over from last year and the body is nearly finished.

The head is taking shape. Heavier than I expected. far, so good. Never utilized this technique before. Utilized Celluclay over the carved cauldron form. Could not have been easier to work with. Easy to sculpt. Hopefully will take a sanding, too.

Thanks to Krough and Here's Johnny for the advice and Pumpkinrot for the original creations.


Skeens on 58th said...

This is the second time I am trying this. We are the Skeens family. Love your display for the last few years. We are having a scary halloween party for 40 13 year olds with a scavenger hunt and would love to use you yard as a destination. Radios in their bags to listen to the story and a map or clue to the house. We are about 5 blocks away. It is Nov 2, are you still going to be up and running!!! Hope so. Please let us know. we will check back

The January Family said...

Hi Skeens...we usually take the display down on Halloween night...but we could wait until the weekend if you party is still on...please let us know.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the note. Yes, the party is still on. Thanks so much for keeping it running through Friday night. Let me know if we can help you on Saturday taking anything down. Let me know if you have suggestions on the clue. Thanks again for doing this. we are big fans. Melissa