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

Chicago Frights!

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Over the weekend we participated in the annual hearse show at the Chicago Frights Halloween and Haunters convention. It was co-sponsored by our Hardcore Hearse Club so of course everyone had a great time!

Frankenhearse was on display right in the front as soon as you entered the lot!

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As always, Frankenstein was nice and cozy in his body bag in the back.

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There were lots of killer rides that showed up for the show.

We went inside and checked out all the vendors. I left with an awesome werewolf necklace from Zukati Creations. We also got a new Frankenskull (whose eyes light up green) from Missing Finger Productions. We are going to display it in Frankenhearse when we do shows and in our house whenever we aren’t. We were sold on it not just because it was a Frankenstein skull and that the eyes lit up green, but because it had a very Mars Attacks feel to it.

We were honored to find out that Frankenhearse took 1ST PLACE HEARSE!! We got another trophy!

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We immediately put the trophy on display on our shelf at home. It is right next to the other one we got at the last hearse show and our new Frankenskull! As you can see Otis (our pet Axolotl) now has new shiny things to look at from his tank ha ha

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The great thing about being a part of the club and taking part in all these fun events is all the amazing new people we have gotten to meet. Definitely looking forward to the next meet up!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: 1962 Aurora Dracula Model

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So remember that box of Aurora Universal Monster models my husband brought home for us to reconstruct and bring back from the dead? Well we finished another one…… Dracula.

This is how it was when we got it….

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This is how it looked after I cleaned it, sprayed it with a primer and started to paint it….

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And this is how it looked after I finished painting it and my husband played Dr. Frankenstein and put him back together. I then did a few paint touch ups and then he did a nice spray laquer over all of it.

And here it is displayed in our dining room next to the Frankenstein one we finished earlier this year.

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We gave the Creature from the Black Lagoon away as a gift to one of our tattoo artists so we plan to be on the look out for another one for our own collection. The last one we have in the box to reconstruct is the Wolfman!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Frankenhearse has arrived!

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For many many years I have always wanted to own a hearse. My husband has bought muscle cars and hot rods over the years and my dream was always to own a hearse. Well it was not that long ago my husband sold his 1969 Cougar and after doing my usual hearse gawking online I came across a little gem I have been referring to as Frankenhearse for sale. I was drawn to it because of the colors. It reminded me of Bride of Frankenstein meets Frankenstein Monster due to the paint job and the immaculate green interior. It is a 1983 Cadillac S&S Coach. It was originally white but the owners added the green exterior paint to match in the interior. They also added green lights to the interior and exterior lamps.

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Well my husband Frank made my creepy little dreams a reality! With my medical bills being ready to be official paid off this month and the deal being too good to pass up for the condition of this hearse…. we jumped on it. We are going to keep with the Frankenhearse theme I envisioned from the start and add it to our obsessive Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein collecting. It is going to be our show car. It will have antique plates and only driven for special occasions. We plan to attend hearse and car shows and even vend my art from the back of it. We have already been in touch with the Hardcore Hearse Club and can’t wait to get involved. I am even helping them build a website for the club! We are in talks of going back to Hell Michigan for their annual hearse show and camp out! So much fun this thing is going to be for us!

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We are so ready to go hearsing around!!!! More pictures of this baby will be posted soon as we add our own touches to it! Dad get your airbrush tools ready! 😉

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole