2021 Halloween Tombstones & Props - They're on the way!

2020 Halloween

2020 Yard shown above

Hi All,

I'm pretty excited about my new builds! They aren't near finished, but I thought you might like to see what is coming!

 The 2021 tombstones:

Claire Voyant

Claire Voyant will have a neckline lace that goes down about 12-15 inches & long flowing hair. The little "table" you see is the space for her crystal ball. The crystal ball is a DYI snow globe that I filled with angel hair and purple lights. The dark rectangle you see under the table is where the battery pack for the lights will sit. There is a hole in the table for the light string to go through.

Dunn Gondahel

Dunn Gondahel is a pretty cool tombstone and pretty deep, too. Above the opening will be a large skull & crossbones with two smaller skulls. The background inside the opening is chicken wire with Great Stuff and painted with red, orange & black spray paints. See a close-up of his hands & background below. The coals will be lighted with orange lights.

Stella Live

I found 2 tombstones that had a bride and groom. They looked pretty cheesy, so I cut out the heads and glued them on a new tombstone. You can see that Stella hasn't gotten much done to her. I marked where I wanted to make her rounded. You can see how it turns out when you look at Ricky. Stella will have monster mudded flowers around her cameo.

Ricky D. Bones

Ricky is more finished, but he's still not there. There will be monster mudded leaves around his cameo. Both tombstones will have bases that come up to the inside curves.

I'll post pictures as my construction continues.

You can click on these three below to see more detail.

Dunn hands

Dunn- Great Stuff & chicken wire

Dunn

Dunn's hands

Dunn's hands

I purchased Dunn's hands from Amazon. they were almost white (see above). I filled them with Great Stuff and stuck a skewer into each so I would have something to skick into the styrofoam. I spray painted them tan and added some black spray. Still didn't like the look, but I wanted to get them set in the stone.

I placed small styrofoam pieces under the chickenwire so I could anchor the hands. Then I placed cut up water bottles around the bottom for two reasons: First, the spray foam wouldn't fill up the bottom cavity (I want to add lights later) and second, I wanted to elevate the height of the foam "coals" without making it too thick.

It worked perfectly. Now I can place my orange blinking lights through the chicken wire and up into the plastic bottles for brighter lighting.

Dunn's hands

Dunn's hands

I hated the look of the hands and the dark brown/black coloring just got lost in the tombstone. I purchased some tan acrylic craft paint, I know, it looks yellow, but not in "real life!" As I started painting them, I thought I would add a single ply pieces of tissue and paint over them for more texture.

I also added a couple of painted loose tissues to resemble skin that is peeling off. I plan to paint a small line of red where the "skin" meets the hand/fingers. Then i plan to lightly spray pain the edges of the "skin" black. I don't quite know how I'm going to accomplish the black spray yet, so I may just end up leaving it alone.

It's getting there....

Dunn's hands

 

There will be two additional yard additions: Bat Masterson tombstone and The Grim Reaper 6 foot monster mudded statue. It's still not hot enough to do anything with monster mud, so it may be a couple of weeks before I can finish Claire, Stella and Ricky and later on this summer for the Grim Reaper.

This Year's Skeletons will be a campfire with the skeletons roasting rats.

Hope you like what I've done so far!

 

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