It just got easier to do your holiday gift shopping for the unique women in your life! I just finished making 3 new Dead Girl Decay Barrettes that would make for wonderful gifts. All available now and ready to ship!
Perfect for the Victorian Horror Vamp:
This piece I had a hard time listing because plain and simple we all know what a big Bram Stoker’s Dracula fan I am. I was so tempted to keep it for myself ha ha. But I have decided to let someone else enjoy it. This was a vintage ivory cameo that I painted with enamel paints to look like Lucy Westenra. Complete with her flowing red hair, seductive red dress and neck fang marks.
Perfect for the Pychobilly Halloween Queen:
With it’s black, green and purple colors, this piece will match the wardrobe of any psychobilly girl who loves all things creepy cute. It features a metal spider in the center whose body is made up of green sparkly beads and rhinestones. The metal legs are wrapped in silver wire giving it that Tim Burton stripped look.
Perfect for the Vintage Colorful Free Bird:
If she is one with nature and likes things a little more bright and colorful, this piece is for her. The center features an antiqued brass butterfly accented in an array of sparkly colorful stones, ombre plum to olive green petals and blue feathers.
All of these are available in both my Etsy and Amazon shops. Want something custom made? Contact me ASAP to see if what you are requesting can be accomplished in time for the holidays. Everything is dependent on supplies and what is needed to make the item you want made.
I absolutely love ornate frames. The more victorian and gothic they look the better. I am hoping to one day re do all the frames in our home to only be this type of frame. I have gradually started but right now we have soooo many things framed it would cost a small fortune to replace them all. My Mother In Law always keeps an eye out for them at garage sales. She had found me a silver 5 x 7 one a while back when I was upcycling frames for my limited edition framed art prints. I decided not to use this one for the project and keep it all to myself. 🙂 I just wasn’t sure when or how I was going to use it until today.
First I painted it. I mixed a plum purple with a hint of hot pink to make the color I wanted. While it was still wet I brushed a dry cloth over it to get some of the silver shine to come through. After it dried I printed one of my favorite photos of Elsa Lachester on photo paper. It is of her on the set of the Bride of Frankenstein applying her makeup. Perfect to hang in our bathroom! I just love the way it looks with our Be Your Own Kind Of Bootiful sign (that I got for $2.50 during Halloween at Dollar General)! On our other wall is the Sourpuss Clothing Beauty Is Only Skin Deep clock that I recently picked up on their clearance for only $6!!
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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.
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.
From 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.
This past weekend I took her apart and got to play Dr. Frankenstein and totally transformed her. She started off looking like this….
Then once I was done with her she came out looking like this………..
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! 😉
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