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The most important holliday of the year and my OTT prep for it.

Harry Potter ‘Skele-Grow’ bottle – DIY Halloween props

Hi Kittens Today’s homemade Halloween prop is a bottle of Skele-Grow as described in the Harry Potter books.

In the books Skele-Grow is said to come in a large bottle. In the film the bottle is in the shape of a skeleton torso with a scull stopper.
It is for re-growing missing bones. It smokes when poured and is said to be foul tasting, Harry spat it out when first given it, to which Madam Pomphrey said “what did you expect? Pumpkin juice?”
It is a slow acting remedy that takes all night to painfully regrow the lost bones. The sensation is described as feeling like a million splinters inside the arm.

I used the film prop as an inspiration, as I did with the mandrake root . But as with the mandrake I was not trying to get it 100% perfect, just recognizable for a party prop.
As I said in the post on making my wand prop, stop motion animators never grow out of this stuff. Being able to make our own worlds from scratch is what we do. so Halloween is made for us!.
And being both and animator and a vintage loving Goth makes it ‘Halloween every day’ round our place I guess!!

OK so here it is –

DIY Halloween party Harry Potter theme Skele-grow magic potion bottle prop and potion ingredients display.
Potion bottle and potion ingredients.

The other items in this display were mostly home made too – The labels were printed, the jars we already had were filled with various Halloween bits. The scrolls are just torn lengths of drawing paper rolled up with a wax seal. The books are made from food boxes (like cereal boxes) with a cardboard tube cut open and stuck to one end to form a ‘spine’, covered with packing paper and painted. The faux candles are described in a previous post – . And the skeletons under ‘glass’ domes are just cheap tiny plastic skeletons on a disk of card, Spanish moss, a mini plastic pumpkin, under the top half of a 2L plastic soda bottle with some paper tied over the cap.

fairy pixi skeleton under 'glass' dome cloche diy halloween part prop.
Fairy/pixi skeletons under ‘glass’

For the Skele-Grow bottle I stared with a cardboard tube stuck to the top of a small empty fabric spool. The spool had had organza scarfing on it, the kind you use for Christmas decorating. I cut slits on the top of the cardboard tube and pushed them in together to form a ‘shoulder’.

diy Harry Potter Halloween party prop. Skele-grow potion bottle.

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Then I rolled up some kitchen foil to make the arms and balled some more into the shape of a scull.

Tin foil scull for Skele-grow bottle

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I rolled a smaller piece of card to form the neck of the bottle, then wrapped the body of the bottle in drywall tape (can also use masking tape).

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Now it is covered with paper mache clay

cover in clay
cover in clay

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scull with clay coat
scull with clay coat

Once the clay was dry I sanded it smooth then added the bones. I made the bones from tightly rolled tissue paper dipped in watered down paper mache mixture (basic flour and water mix, can add PVA glue if you want. This is different to the paper mache clay which uses a version of the recipe from the site http://www.ultimatepapermacheclay.com)
I carefully laid each paper worm where I wanted it. The film prop is slightly larger than my one so I added fewer ribs, just enough to get the look I wanted.
Then I used the papermache clay to sculpt some finger outlines at the end of the arms.

'bones' added

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Once that was dry I painted it with a mix of white and burnt sienna. Then once that was dry I used  colouring pencils to shade in between the bones.

colour added

Finally I wrote the label on in black ink. In the film the label says – ” 1100 drops. Bone Regenerator. SKELE-GROW. Bone-fide results every time. Sold only by Reubens Winkius and Company Inc”

I think it’s kind of cute
Have a great day Kittens…and remember no foolish wand waving or silly incantations! haha

Mandrake root scuplture – DIY Halloween decoration

So last week I was so busy actually making Halloween props that I didn’t have time to blog about them! lol.
But as promised I shall do so now.

One of the props for this year’s witchcraft and wizardry theme party I love the most is my mandrake.

DIY Halloween prop. Sculpted mandrake root. Harry Potter style.

Mandrakes are a real plant…no they were not made up for the Harry Potter books.
They are a member of the nightshade family and are poisonous. Containing alkaliods including atropine.
The plant’s root is similar in appearance to a parsnip but often resembles a human body.
They have long been used in rituals and have many superstitions attached to them. Including the one in the Harry Potter books, that when they are pulled up they scream and the scream will kill anyone who hears it. The Harry Potter books actually have loads of real-world occult references in them, but that is a post for another day.

It is mentioned in the bible more than once and seems to be seen as some kind of aphrodisiac or a conception aid for women (for women obviously because it never occurred to ancients that it could be the man who was “barren”) Though some scholars have suggested that the plant they meant to refer to was ginseng which can look like mandrake but does have sexy qualities …rather than poison like the mandrake, makes sense.

A more interesting literary reference is Mandragoria by Machiavelli. In which a mandrake potion is used to seduce a woman. Hmm perhaps he should have tried ginseng too.

Anyway back to the point – I used the Harry Potter film prop Mandrakes as my inspiration and made an armature from kitchen foil.

usetin foil as an armature to make any animal or sculpture for paper mache
Foil eggs for armature base

Body form for mandrake

body form with arms and legs

body form with legs

Then wrapped it in drywall tape (or masking tape) and coated with paper mache clay.

Armature covered with tape

Mandrake with clay layer and leafs

I sculpted a rough indication of a face and attached leaves and roots. And carved a lot of texture into the body. I used pumpkin leafs and tendrils from a pumpkin garland because that is what I had. Mandrakes have longer darker leafs, but accuracy was not the big point.

I painted on a base coat of white mixed with a little green then using pastels I rubbed browns over the surface. The deep texture making it easy to get a tonal effect.
Then I added some shading with charcoal.

Mandrake with colour

I set it up on the dining table on a chopping board, with a letter opener, a bit of my jade plant, some Spanish moss, a plastic cauldron, a pewter goblet and an old book of Shakespeare with a rubber snake and plastic scull sitting on top to hide everywhere it said “Richard III” lol.

Harry Potter DIY amandrake magic potion Halloween party display
Mandrake magic potion Halloween display

potions master display

What do you think Kittens?

Have a magical day.

Home made Halloween props – wizards wand.

Hi kittens, happy Friday!
As promised I am continuing to share the DIY stuff I am doing for Halloween. If any of you are not interested in Halloween I am sorry, but there are going to be a bunch of these posts.
Halloween is very important to me, and I think that is true of most artists, and definitely animators! We animators are eternal children. We have to keep our sense of childish wonder, imagination and desire to play with dolls!!! LOL.
We create worlds in our heads and feel a life-devouring need to see them come to life…to touch them.

Add to that that we can fairly be called “frustrated actors” because we are ‘acting’ but not in our own person AND add to it that to do what we do you need to have the skills to make almost anything you can imagine from scratch. This makes Halloween our kind of party!

As stated in the Flameless party candles this year’s theme is witchcraft and wizardry, so I had to make myself a wand…obviously!

DIY homemade witch or wizard magic wand costume party prop.
Half painted wand prop.
DIY homemade witch or wizard magic wand costume party prop.
Painted magic wand prop.

I made the wand by rolling two sheets of newspaper diagonally into a narrow cone shape. Wrapped this in masking tape, with extra around the ‘handle’ part to give it volume.
Then I mixed up a small batch of paper mache clay, using a similar recipe to the one on the site http://ultimatepapermache.com/paper-mache-clay.

Once dry I sanded it smooth and painted it with acrylic paint. I mixed two parts black to one part burnt sienna. One half at a time so it could dry without sticking.

DIY homemade witch or wizard magic wand costume party prop with wire decoration.
Wire decoration on wand prop
DIY homemade witch or wizard magic wand costume party prop.
Finished wand prop

Once the paint was dry I wanted to add some decoration. But as my character is not flashy, and kind of spiky I chose something simple. So I Simply wrapped some silver coloured armature wire around the base of the handle. Secured with some glue.
It is very hard and should hold up well.
I am happy with it, though I feel I should have rolled the paper a little bit tighter , to make it a little bit narrower.
Follow me on pintrest –   Lilly F Lie

Have a freaky Friday Kittens xxx

Halloween party props – Flameless pillar candles

Hello Kittens!
This week I have been working entirely on the props and costume bits for Halloween .
Thought I would share some of what I have finished-

These are faux pillar candles with flameless LED candles. Because Kittens let’s be honest here….if you are having a Halloween party then you are either surrounded by children or drunk people, which is pretty much the same!
So you don’t want open flames .

I saw this done in black with hotglue on pintrest. I decided to make them white and use real wax.

 DIY Faux Halloween no-flame pillar candles. DIY faux candle decoration -closeup

They are really easy to make. I have been collecting cardboard tubes from toilet paper and kitchen paper for months.
I painted them white, one coat. Then cut them all to size and shaped the tops then added another coat of paint. To get a pleasing display you need different heights.
While the paint was still wet I arranged them together in groups – I made enough to hold 61 LED tealights in groups of 3 to 6 – the paint making them stick together. They are set up on a layer of brown paper which will serve as a base.

Once dry and stuck together , I melted white tapers (keeping an eye on the flame at all times…didn’t really want to burn the house down!) Dripped the wax onto the ‘candles’ till I liked the look. And let it pool at the bases.

Once all the wax is set hard I gently cut the paper round each set, being careful not to break any of the wax.
Then stuffed the tubes with white tissue paper to support the candles.

I like the way they turned out.
The party theme this year is witchcraft and wizardry, so these will be everywhere. I will post pics of the finished effect.

Have a great day Kittens xxx

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