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Tutorial: Beloved Tombstone

I tried my hand at making the Beloved tombstone by somewhat using the instructions at www.hauntedwebby.com. I got additional ideas from Kevin at Brewster's Yard haunt at www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt. From what I can gather, the Beloved tombstone was created by www.castleblood.com. If anyone knows more history about this great idea, please let me know.

Videos of them can be found here: https://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/73388-fcg-without-led-eyes.html#post543828

I recently made a video of me showing how Beloved was built here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie0YfB4KZqI
  1. Okay, so you've decided to tackle this daunting project. KUDOS! I thoroughly enjoyed working on her in my spare time and I'm sure you will too.  
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  2. To make the stone: I didn't take measurements as I made this so hopefully these measurements will work (PM if you find I'm off a bit). Using your jig...
  3. Before gluing the box together, cut out your epitaph on the front foam. 
 
In 'Word' find the font and size you like. Then go under the format tools...
  4. Now you can glue your box all together. Don't worry if your cuts aren't perfect, that's what the wood putty is for :). Glue with foamboard adhesive...
  5. Now, the fun part. Take outside and hit it hard with strong sprays of cheap, flat spray paint. You are trying to get the dissolving effect when spray...
  6. First off, I wanted her to be a very small woman. So, her scale is more like the size of a 14-year-old girl. I thought that would look more feminine...
  7. Wrap the muslin or sheet fabric around the arm and hold in place with the mesh drywall tape.
  8. Do the same procedure for her right arm and torso.  
 
For the torso, I measured the inside diameter of the dress at the shoulder, waist and hips and...
  9. To help her stay in the correct angle on the stone, I glued a piece of foam on the top of the stone. 
 
Prop her up so you can see how big you need...
  10. Here, you can see the plywood base better. Using foamboard adhesive, glue the stone to the plywood really good. Let dry overnight and then give it...
  11. Prepare to get really messy. I wanted a thinner monster mud mix so I mixed 4 gallons of lightweight all-purpose joint (drywall) compound with 1...
  12. For the skeletal hands: Trace out your hand on a piece of paper. Then Google a picture of a skeleton hand and draw out the structure of the bones...
  13. Grab a finger-sized piece of Model Magic and smash onto a finger and squish down and shape to resemble bone. Do that for the whole hand. Let dry...
  14. Whoo hoo! Fun with monster mud again ;) First, brush out the wig so there are no tangles. Don the rubber gloves and dip the wig into the monster mud...
  15. Now do your first coat of Drylok on her (do the tombstone again as well). Take your time here. You want to make sure you get all the monster mud...
  16. Even after three coats of Drylok, her hair still has lots of openings that rain could get in. So, I plugged them up with paper towels and then put...
  17. For this painting step and forward steps, I also made a video showing it in action at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FibTZIYrN7k 
 
Painting...
  18. Dry-brushing: This is the miracle step. Get a dry 3-inch brush and dip it in slightly-grayed white exterior flat paint. Brush it dry on a paper...
  19. Make it ancient: Raw Sienna is the perfect orangy color to add a rust-colored lichen look. Have some of the paint straight and have some of it...
  20. Make it more ancient: To add a white-lichen look, put some of the white exterior flat paint on your pallet and very, very slightly darken it with...
  21. Add moss in some random places using a hot glue gun. 
 
Then turn her on her side. Before the picture was taken, you would have seen large and small...
  22. Here's a better view of the moss I added. You will also see some outdoor flickering candles on the stone. If you want, you can make these candles...
  23. Ahhhh, you are all done. Now the next challenge is to keep the kiddies from hitting it with sticks to see if it is really stone (they are so lucky...
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