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Thank you so much Yank. I'll check those out and may have time to actually do this project this year. I'm currently working on my LED candles so I may have to wait until next year to have the time. I don't want to build it unless I have the time and materials to do it right. Thanks again to Terra for the wonderful inspiration!!
 

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First, I want to thank everyone, especially Terra, who contributed to this thread. I've poured over every page for tips for my build.

When I first decided to do a "beloved figure" I look online for real examples of cemetery pictures and fell in love with this tombstone.



I was determined to get that aged bronze look, but couldn't get the color right in my trails. I decided to go back to the gray stone look, but with a twist. I would add wildfire optical white during parts of my painting process. I wanted her to glow in blacklight, but not too brightly. I added a hint of green to the white and ended up with a very similiar effect to the aged bronze look I was going for.

I remember seeing a tombstone in a LA area cemetery that I liked. Luckily I found a picture online.





I decided to not have my figure attached to a tombstone. I don't put out a cemetery every year. I wanted some flexibility to put her with different themes. She is on a large piece of styrofoam. I haven't decided where to place her, so I have some flexibility with the large base and can always cut it if necessary.


The $30 dollar skeletons at Walgreens were too nice to pass up. I bought several and decided to use one for my figure. I would never think to use a real bucky for this, but for $30 I had ready made head, hands, etc. Then I decided not to go the wedding dress route, but used a silky and simple evening dress. This allowed me to have a look like the figure above, plus make her smaller and easier to store.







I'll post some night pictures if I'm successful tonight.

Thanks again for the tips!
 

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I just read through every post in this whole thread - I was already inspired by Terra's amazing work but seeing everyone's different takes has truly inspired me to do this project for next Halloween. I do a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at my house every year but I have been saying for the past few years that I wanted to turn one part of my yard into the cemetery that Jack goes to in the movie. Terra, all of your tombstones are amazing so I thank you for all the tutorials you do! I will be back to post pics once I get started but wanted to say thanks to everyone that posted pictures and shared your trials and successes!
 

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I just read through every post in this whole thread - I was already inspired by Terra's amazing work but seeing everyone's different takes has truly inspired me to do this project for next Halloween. I do a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at my house every year but I have been saying for the past few years that I wanted to turn one part of my yard into the cemetery that Jack goes to in the movie. Terra, all of your tombstones are amazing so I thank you for all the tutorials you do! I will be back to post pics once I get started but wanted to say thanks to everyone that posted pictures and shared your trials and successes!
That must have taken you a gallon of coffee to go through :) You're very welcome and I'm here to answer any questions you may have when you get started.
 

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Terra,

I'm sure you have been asked this question a million times, what is the tool you use to shave down the foam?

Thanks! :)
 

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Never mind Terra....I found it :) Stanley Surform Shaver
 

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Budeena,
That's a very pretty dress. Why don't you make a duct tape dummy for your torso. It would hold up better then a wire frame, and you could have a low neckline.
 

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The hair was very time consuming...it's two wigs, one is a regular shoulder length wig on the head. The curls came from a 6 foot Godiva wig but I didn't have to form the curls, amazingly they sprung back after I gave them a light coat of mud then I brushed each curl in monster mud, tore tiny strips of paper towel and covered each curl and any open spaces and brushed on more mud. And I cut different lengths and stuck them wherever I wanted a curl. I have posted an album on my profile, there's a pic of the open curls lightly covered in mud. When I got tired of it or started getting careless & sloppy I packed it in for the day, let it dry overnight and went back to it later. I think it took about 6 - 8 hours to get it where I was happy and every hole was covered. I'd work on it after work a couple hours for about 3 days.
 

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The hair was very time consuming...it's two wigs, one is a regular shoulder length wig on the head. The curls came from a 6 foot Godiva wig but I didn't have to form the curls, amazingly they sprung back after I gave them a light coat of mud then I brushed each curl in monster mud, tore tiny strips of paper towel and covered each curl and any open spaces and brushed on more mud. And I cut different lengths and stuck them wherever I wanted a curl. I have posted an album on my profile, there's a pic of the open curls lightly covered in mud. When I got tired of it or started getting careless & sloppy I packed it in for the day, let it dry overnight and went back to it later. I think it took about 6 - 8 hours to get it where I was happy and every hole was covered. I'd work on it after work a couple hours for about 3 days.

What a treat to go through your pictures. Here I thought I was spending too much time on the hair details but you beat me by a thousand :)

Snagged this picture from your album:

hubcapsally-albums-beloved-picture178313-thrift-store-dress-perfect-but-wasnt-quite-long-enough-.jpg

What a brilliant idea to extend too short of a dress with a kitchen curtain!
 

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I have to say that once I had the stone and torso constructed and mocked up I got really nervous about getting thte mudding started. So much co that it sat for months, getting shuffled around my basement. It seemed so overwhelming and I put it off for so long until Halloween season was upon us and I ust HAD to get it done. Finally I thought, "well if I screw it up then I just have to try and fix it" and dove in. It didn;t take long for me to wonder what the heck I got myself into but once I had it coated inside and out and positioned her I felt alot better about the whole thing. It was very intimidating to say the least.
 

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Hubcapsally - I am so jealous of your stone. It looks great! I only wish I had the space for one of these stones at my house, but alas, I live in a town home and have a limited area to work with.
 
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