Remains: Mannequin Transformation Complete!

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SHE’S ALIVE! Elsa is finally ready for her first show this weekend. We will be taking her with Frankenhearse and Franky to the Hardcore Hearse Club Munsters Themed Show at Fables Frights to meet Butch Patrick and hang out with the club.

My final step of her transformation was to distress the wedding dress we found for her at the thrift store. I always have a blast distressing clothes and this was no exception. I will admit at one point during the process I did wonder whose dream dress I was destroying as I was taking a box cutter to it and spraying it down with a mixture of water and paints.

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Then when it was all said and done I could not help but think I just created a new dream dress for Elsa. I couldn’t help but clap after Frank helped me get it on her and I saw the whole thing come together. I could not be happier with the way it all turned out.

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Here is a side by side comparison…

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The 1st photo shows what the mannequin looked like when my mother in law found her for me. The 2nd photo is after I painted her, added my wig and necklace and then tried on the vintage wedding dress we found at the thrift store. The 3rd photo is my final creation after distressing the dress and putting her all back together again!

I may still paint her nails black just for some added girly fun. The great thing is her hands come off so I can do that whenever I feel like it. ha ha.

See more of my random creations on the Remains page of my Website!

Stay Spooky!
Living Dead Girl Nicole

 

 

 

Remains: Mannequin Transformation Part 2

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So yesterday on our way to work we passed up Nearly New Resale and noticed a dress hanging in the window among their other featured Halloween costume items. It caught my eye as something that might work for my current bride of Frankenstein mannequin project. If was a vintage, long sleeved wedding gown. I thought well if I go this route I can skip my original plan of using sheets and gauze and all that fun stuff and just put her in this dress (of course I would decay it and make it look creepy)! My other thought was if she was covered in an actual gown there would be less chance of paint chipping and costume malfunctions when transporting her around all over in the hearse.

So on the way home from work Frank and I decided to stop in and take a look at it. Our biggest debate when looking at it was “will it fit her” and “how much”. Well Frank was certain it would fit and I was pretty sure that if it didn’t I would figure some way to cut it up and do something with it. When they told us only $8 we couldn’t resist.

So we brought it home last night and I could not believe it actually fits the mannequin. It literally JUST fits her but it fits! You can’t see it in the picture but it also has a train on the back of it and it’s long. This will be great when she does not have her legs attached and is sitting on the seat in the hearse. No one will know the difference.

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Too make it look more fitting to her decaying look my next step is to dirty up the dress and make it look worn and tattered. Once she is done I will be sure to post an update… so stay tuned!

Also be sure to check out Nearly New Resale! The shop is really nice and so are the people working there! We will definitely be back.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Mannequin Transformation Part 1

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WP_20160731_11_15_32_ProFrom my past posts you all already know that I have an amazing mother in law. Judy is always thinking of me and always supporting my craft. She is a thrifty shopper with a great eye for stuff that I can use for up-cycling into my latest creepy creations!

She  knew I was on the look out for a female mannequin. My goal was to find one in decent shape and paint it to look like the Bride of Frankenstein.  I had multiple visions on how I planned to use it once I got my hands on one and transformed it….

  • Unique eye attention display for my art show vending table
  • Incorporate it into our Frankenhearse display for car shows and events. With our Frankenstein display already in the back of the hearse (yes that is a real body bag he is in) who better to display in the driver seat.
  • When not on display at shows it would be up in our house with all our other horror movie memorabilia.

Well Judy and some of the family were on a flea market travel expedition and she came across a woman who had a “traveling mate” in her trailer and was willing to sell her. She brought her home and I could not have been more thrilled. Not only was she in excellent condition but she was EXACTLY what I was looking for.

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This past weekend I took her apart and got to play Dr. Frankenstein and totally transformed her. She started off looking like this….

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Then once I was done with her she came out looking like this………..

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Goodbye Barbie! Hello Elsa!

The wig and necklace are actually ones I wore when I dressed as the Bride for Halloween a few years back. As you can see in the background I also painted her arms and legs to match. They look hilarious hanging from the ceiling in our basement. Which I guess is not as crazy as all the mannequin body part pieces that were all over the dining room before I finally got the paints I needed to start this project. My next step is wardrobe for her. I already have ideas for doing it on the cheap that are going to still look spooktacular!

Keep an eye here in my Eulogy (blog) for update posts on this project and many more! I got another one in the works and there will be no more Mr. Nice Guys left when I am done with it! 😉

See more of my misc. art projects in the Remains section of my official portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Bride of Frankenstein Model

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I love when my husband comes home from the hobby store with a new artsy project for us to tackle together…

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And what better project for us then a model form of Frankenstein and his bride 🙂

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole