Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cheap Cemetery Fence

I have been wanting to build a cheap cemetery fence for quit a while, and I finally got around to it.  The idea was to build an 8 foot section from a 2x4.  The picture below shows a single 2x4 ripped into top and bottom rails, and 4 8' pickets to cut the final pickets from.

I chose to make 3', 3'4:, 3'8" and 4' pickets.  I build 5 8' sections, and 2 4' section using 6 2x4's.

Then I cast finales and post caps, since 41 finales would cost a lot to buy.  I used 1:1 mix of silicon caulk and cornstarch to build molds for some small skull heads, and larger ghoul head I had picked up over the years.  Since I had so many to make, I cast the skull heads in plaster.  When they were set, I drilled 3/8" hole in the bottom of each, and glued in a 2" piece of 3/8" dowel.  Then I dipped the whole thing in polyurethane, then painted flat black finished with a dry brushing of metallic copper acrylics. The post toppers were cast in paper mache paste, and finished the same as the skulls.

The fence posts are built from 1 1/4" PVC.  3/8" dowels glued into the end of the rails are inserted into holes in the PVC posts.  Some pictures of the finished fence sections are below.

Cloaked Wallbreaker

Trying to get a little earlier start this year, and it is time for some new ghosts.  What better way to start then to rehabilitate a wallbreaker.  I always thought it was a shame that I built the wall breaker, made the plans, built and sold kits, and then sold the one wall breaker I had.  Last Halloween, a friend who built one of the first wallbreaker kits gave me it back, after it had fallen and broken.  It was fairly easy to repair.  I reused all the forms after stripping most of the old cheese cloth off.  Some trimming and adjusting, and then it was time to dress it out in cheese cloth.  I have been into cloaked ghosts lately, so I decided to make this a cloaked ghost also.