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    Today, 07:19 AM
    In one of the tutorial videos, I recall he said that it's about a 6 hour project. This would not include the drying time for the glue/paint. I think right now I have 3-4 hours into each one. The painting will be time consuming to get the desired detail. given the amount of time until Halloween, I'm good spending time on them. I don't think I would have started these in September though.
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    While looking for witch related things for this years haunt, I came across Gourdin Fester's tutorial videos on these really cool looking "rot jars", or witch lanterns/swamp lanterns/whatever you want to call them. I've never worked with paper mache before save for projects in school so this is a fairly new endeavor for me. These are just too cool not to try. We'll have 5 in total in the front yard display part of our haunt and here are some progress pics. Rot Jar 1 - YouTube
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    Yesterday, 08:16 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    These two are being made by DSS, formerly Dark Side Studios. I wanted witches to compliment my Death Studios Swamp Witch, but Death Studios other witches didn't have the look I was after. Dark side had these two and they'll look great with Swamp Witch.
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    Yesterday, 05:26 AM
    matrixmom posted a visitor message on pmpknqueen's profile
    Do you have any "malice in Wonderland" style or Scary alice in W style invites?
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    Yesterday, 05:20 AM
    Love it...sigh...Love pirates and animation. Feels Like Disney POTC!!
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  • jdubbya's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 03:10 PM
    Check out this thread from hauntforum too. Might give you some ideas and inspiration http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=42870
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    02-18-2017, 02:55 PM
    Can you describe the space? How much area do you have to work with? one car? two car?. Is the garage attached to your home or detached? We've used our garage before and now have a free standing structure that is 12' wide by 24' long. How many visitors do you normally have on Halloween? This would determine what you need to do for traffic flow (having both an entrance and exit door vs just a space where people walk in and look around. Give some more info and it would be easier to give...
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    02-17-2017, 04:54 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    They look soooo scary. Yikes.
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    02-16-2017, 05:48 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Witch lanterns in Halloween Props
    I have a length of waxed twine that I used for a handle on my latest one. I think it will hold up well. You an easily coat twine with beeswax to give it a protective quality. The twine handle was so much easier than the wire too!!
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    02-16-2017, 02:31 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    My guess is one of the Megs is yours! Love the paint jobs on these, and the cataract eyes are cool!
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    02-16-2017, 05:40 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Paint is complete, now just the hair.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    02-15-2017, 02:23 PM
    You have some pretty expensive looking props there! They all look really good. Loved the pumpkin guy with the wings at the end, he was my fave.
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    02-15-2017, 05:03 AM
    I fell in love with that lamp that has a upside down napkin cover? Did you make that? Very unusual and fun. I would like to know how you made it! Your papers and printing for all the decor was spectacular. Lighting was cool and love those mystery prizes!
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    02-14-2017, 07:51 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Bat Prop in General Halloween
    https://www.partyshopwarehouse.com.au/collections/licensed-batman/products/1049
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    02-14-2017, 07:26 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Bat Prop in General Halloween
    It's about 19 inches between the wing tips. I recall these being sold by Big Lots a few years ago but haven't seen them since and not sure who makes them. I paid 10 for this and remember them being about $16.00 when new? Check ebay and also some of the online Halloween retailers to see if they still carry them. Might still be available.
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    02-12-2017, 09:03 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Stock photos of the three witch masks. I have Swamp Witch from Death Studios, pictured first. I think the other two will be a great compliment to her
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    02-11-2017, 09:49 AM
    I still have the original one in the box. My sons still love it!
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    02-09-2017, 04:26 AM
    Such an original theme saki !! Loving all the pics and stuff you are getting! Ha, and if you want to, sell them too during party....less stuff to put away!
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    02-09-2017, 03:32 AM
    matrixmom replied to a thread Static: Grey 3 Inch Foam!! in Halloween Props
    Lucky!!!!!!
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    02-08-2017, 04:52 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Grey 3 Inch Foam!! in Halloween Props
    Nice! Perfect for tombstones. Is it the same density as the pink stuff?
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    02-08-2017, 04:50 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    LOL! I'll be sure to post updates!
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    02-08-2017, 02:43 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Witch lanterns in Halloween Props
    Really glad you posted this doto! I had thought of using a twine "handle" but was concerned over how it would hold up. For as much use as they'll see I think this might be the way to go and a lot easier than the wire. I still plan to make a few more hanging ones so will def give this a shot. Thanks my friend!
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    02-08-2017, 08:45 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Atmosphere Effects: Witch lanterns in Halloween Props
    Thanks! We're doing a witch theme this year so will be using these in place of the pvc candles we made last year. I'm happy with them but will wrap the wire handles in something to make them more organic looking.
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    02-08-2017, 08:42 AM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Not sure why the base coat is that color. I like these two masks as they have that old storybook witch look to them. I had Cackle a few years back and sold it to another haunter like a dummy so am getting another of her and also Meg. I have DS Swamp Witch so these will compliment that one nicely. The three have just enough differences between them so they don't all look alike. Can't wait to see them finished. My last copy of Cackle was thick as a tire! lol!
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    02-07-2017, 06:27 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Atmosphere Effects: Witch lanterns in Halloween Props
    Still have more to make but have a few done so far. Some will hang in trees and others will be placed in the front yard scene and in the haunt itself. I followed SK Austin's You tube tutorial and they really came out pretty good! Halloween How-To - Witch's Lanterns - YouTube
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    02-07-2017, 06:21 PM
    jdubbya started a thread Static: Before hair and paint in Halloween Props
    Wasn't sure where to put this so figured here was good. These are two new masks being made for our haunt this year. Paul at DSS masks is doing some custom paint on them but he sent me this pic of them before paint and hair work. They are prepped and will soon be done and on their way to their new haunt home. I'll post some finished pics as well but just thought this was cool.
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    02-07-2017, 06:11 PM
    Scored 8 rolls of jute netting and a neat wooden bowl from another haunter selling off some things. These will see good use in our witch house this year.
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    02-03-2017, 06:00 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Show us your stones in Halloween Props
    Damn SG!! That second one is stunning!! What are the dimensions? Really impressive!!
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    02-02-2017, 05:46 PM
    jdubbya replied to a thread Your cemetery. in General Halloween
    Thank you very much! Glad you like it!
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  • matrixmom's Avatar
    02-02-2017, 12:28 PM
    Thank you! I thought Id share here on the forum for those who aren't on fb or youtube.
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    your haunt is amazing...just subscribed to your you tube channel looking fwd to whats next.
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    Defen...anything you do always turns out spectacular.....now no pressure there..... I was contemplating an all pumpkin thing next year too. But the fam wants clowns and freakshow. I never really liked that theme, seems to difficult for the small space I work in.
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    OHHHHH!!! ok got it. Card exchange!! I thought it was a game.
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    So were these invites or a game?
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    Those cards actually have a funny backstory....with the move, and all of the associated rushing around, I'd decided I was going to do store bought cards for the exchange.

    We bought some nice cards, and when we got home from the store, the EXACT same card had been sent to us. Suddenly, I needed a concept for a card!

    Luckily, I'd written a little poem around the 'Skeleton Jamboree' concept for the house/yard, and that became the inside of the card. Then, the image was something that I found that was basically a silhouette of the costume I'd come up with for the year.

    Add a little Haunted Mansion inspired damask paper to the front of a black-framed greeting card, and all of a sudden, we had a card! We added some twine nooses, and origami bats, plust a little personal touch with our skeletal violinist custom stamps, and we ended up pretty happy with them.





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    Those beautiful cards for an exchange? Do tell the workings of that!
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    Your comment was duly noted.....thanks for that...
    I got in over my head on this build...Halstaff and Bobzilla and Pat are out of my league...but a nicer group of guys you'll never meet. They were splendid.
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    Thank you for the card. We love the Spider Cut out and nbc is big in our house. My son thought it was a snowflake. I think others may be getting your cards and not realizing it's from you if they don't go back through their list. It took me a second to connect your family name with Defenestrator, so maybe that is what others are not noticing, too. Thank you again.
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