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Friday, September 5, 2014

Museum of the Weird

Before the Haunted Mansion as we know it, Imagineer Rolly Crump designed a "Museum of the Weird." Next Saturday, Sept. 13, Creature Features in Burbank is hosting the opening of their "Museum of the Weird" gallery show, with Rolly himself in attendence!

Stop by to see my Sybil the Clairvoyant conducting a seance, as well as my new recreation of Rolly's Coffin Clock maquette (seen in the foreground in the image at the top of the post).  Pictures of mine are later in this post.

Details on the event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/668040166608199/

Here's a little background on the Museum from the Disneyland 10th Anniversary Special (starts at 1:37, but watch from the beginning to see Marc Davis talking about the Haunted Mansion, too!):


Now, here's my Coffin Clock, with Rolly's original below:

Not exact, perhaps, but not too far off, either!

While not a full how-to, here are some making of photos to give an idea of how it came together.

The dimensions of the coffin were designed in Illustrator and printed for reference.  The skull and hands are being sculpted with Super Sculpey here.

To make the fabric, I penciled lines on the backside, then stitched up and crumpled it down.

Much of the coffin hardware is from the jewelry section of the craft store

The clock face was made in Photoshop, printed, mounted, and laminated

All the doodads were first attached to the clock face, and that whole assembly mounted in the coffin as one piece.

You can tell by the lighting above that I just finished this up late last night!  I was able to snap some nicer pictures before delivering it to the gallery today.

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