at The Cottage
The backdrop is a two
room playhouse built from discarded pallets.
The time is almost here.
Seasons are changing, the veil between worlds growing thin. It is the
time of October Homecoming in the McCabre Clan. We met at the guest
cottages this year. In the foreground stands Ignatius Beauregard
Montfort a renowned undertaker but known affectionately to fiends and
family as "Uncle Mort."
We haven't seen Aunt Mary
in over a century. I still remember that staff, when it lights up,
watch out. Pariah returned from a pilgrimage to Massachusetts in her
hag get up. She said she'll revert to her regular, persona after
dinner. (She also said Mort needs some more meat on those bones.)
Roderick returned as
well. Whatever is in that vat keeps changing his appearence (either
that or he got a nose job.)
they're props, but props that figure into this years story. These
props and the others as well were all made for less than the price of
1 gallon of latex. All three to the left are built on "Quick
Sticks." Mort and Mary using wig forms and 1 pound of celluclay.
Mort's chest is made from "Great Stuff" SE Foam on a
posterboard back, stapled to the quick stick, with toilet paper mixed
with elmer's glue to make the rotting skin. His stovepipe hat was
made from posterboard covered with material. Mary's staff is a scrub
tree that we cut down while cleaning up the yard. The glass ball is a
$1 paperweight with a 1.5 volt light embedded into the staff. The
clothes were either made from bargain black material picked up
through a renaissance costume store for $1 a yard or clothes from a
flea market then distressed using white, gray and black spray paint.
Total cost for the three projects was under $30 but a whole lotta
time, experimentation and patience.
is a monster mud creation, a computer controlled stepper motor moves
the head. The 50 gl drum holds the computer and speakers. Floor stain
gives him that weathered look. His hands are SE Foam covered with
returns as Mort's assistant this year. The graveyard scene, based on
the movie, is not to be missed, but we can't give away all our
secrets this early. There are people waiting with.....
Tombstone of Gordon Devine
"The Pumpkin King"
foam board, covered with monster mud for texture, engraved then dry
brushed with black and gray. Some people just don't get the pun.
was a modified quick stick using an hourglass pattern to make her
more curvacious. Her hands are wood using moto-tooled dowels for
fingers. She has an exact duplicate only much younger. Wait and see!