Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rustic And Traditional

Built this guy to display in October on the corner of our property.
There's a school bus stop right across the street, so it'll be cool for the kids to see this leading up to the High Holiday.



And he'll have a light in his familiar head.


19 comments:

GhostTown said...

Nothing beats that simple look. The earthy colors, twine and sticks, hard familiar shapes.

Scary as hell.

labratt said...

Yup. No frills, no motors, plenty of chills. Perfect.

Jay's Shadow said...

I want to live on your street.

Rot said...

Thanks.
Going to be adding a lot more detail.

labratt said...

Did I say perfect? I meant perfect after the inevitable detail work of course...

Rot said...

: )

Pam Morris said...

he's wonderful! (great pic as well!)

Amy said...

Simply awesome. Those kids will remember that for the rest of their lives. You need to capture some video of it on Halloween afternoon as the bus lets off.

Rot said...

That's a great idea.
I might film from the upstairs window. It'd be funny if a bunch of them walked over to it. To see how kids react to something like that.

Countess VonRauber (Heidi) said...

So utterly Rot-ty! Absolutely love it.

Marrow said...

Wow.
Once again, blown away by your top-notch work. You must go through a LOT of twine and creepy cloth.

And you should totally film the kids. It'd be hilarious.

Rania said...

Amazing. The "familiar" head is awe inspiring. Thanks for sharing Rot!

Ghastly said...

Hey Rot,
Not sure if anyone has ever asked publicly, but do you make your pumpkin heads from paper mache?

Amazing work as always. I echo the sentiments posted above. I want to live on your street!

Rot said...

The smooth pumpkins in my props are from Funkins.com, though it seems the versions I've used for the sentinels are no longer made.

I re-paint and carve them.

My mache method just could never get the effect of a real, smooth pumpkin.

I'm sure one of these days I'll experiment with sculpty or clay.

I have a feeling I'd be able to make a nice pumpkin...but making it hollow would be the problem.

Wikkedmoon said...

As always Mr. Rot, your attention to details continues to amaze. Do film the kids!

labratt said...

GhostTown has had some success using the trash bag method and his homage to your sentinels is pretty damn good. Its the illusion of depth that I guess I'm just too lazy to commit to where mache is concerned. This year I'm just taking a crack at using fabric and mud, baby steps. May pick up a couple carvables this weekend just to have a go. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

Eddie said...

Hi Rot,

A couple of Newb questions:

1. what's your method for attaching the head to the body?

2. What kind of cloth is that wrapped around the body?

Thanks so much!

Rot said...

Hey Eddie,
I go through a LOT of duct tape. The strong stuff sold in the vent/ductwork aisle at Lowes..not the duct tape sold in the tape aisle. This stuff is amazing. All-weather.

I tape the pumpkin to a thin metal shelf bracket...and then attach the end of the bracket which is sticking down to a pvc pipe sticking up from the neck. I use the tape for that. Wrapped really tight. Then I have to mache it with paper towels dipped in glue mache - one part elmers glue/two parts water. It dries really strong. And I've never had a head even loosen a little bit.

So imagine a pumpkin...sitting on a shelf bracket (like an inverted "L"....and the lower part is the neck...and the horizontal part is the support for the pumpkin's weight. with strips of duct tape securing it...and running up along the back of the pumpkin for added strength.

The cloth is creepy cloth from Oriental trading...I dip that in a bucket of water and glue....so it dries mostly firm....the finer detail is cheesecloth, dipped in the glue/water. Then I paint it all black... exterior rustoleum spray... Then I seal it with waterproof sealent...for camping stuff.

Hope that helps.


Eddie said...

Rot,

Thanks so much for all the info! This really helps. I am creating my 1st scarecrow for this Halloween and will be trying what you said.

Thanks again!