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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spooks Arrive for the Midnight Spree

I recently acquired another weird Haunted Mansion casting.  This time of the face of one of the ghosts that rise out of the organ pipes in the ballroom.

Here's how they appear in the ride, materializing by Pepper's Ghost effect:

Thanks to behind the scenes photos like this, I knew what they were supposed to look like in person, so I set to work.

I originally wanted to do this in one go, without molding or casting.  I thought I would bulk out the back of the head with aluminum foil and sculpt the missing surface detail with Apoxie Sculpt, but as I considered it, I realized that would result in a heavy, less stable piece, so I went at it with traditional clay.

Head on a spike, with WED clay in back.  I have a writeup here on different types of clays that may be of interest.

The beginnings of a Smooth On Rebound 25 silicone mold.

Cast in resin and primed grey.

A little paint, a little cheesecloth.  Not too shabby, eh?


  1. Very cool - what an artist you are!

  2. Sweetness. I need to get serious about silicon molding and casting -- I've always done things so 'analog', building up externally like a Chaney Sr. 'out of the kit' creation. But there is so much more to be gained and created with new (to me) methods.


  3. Hi,
    Very nice post, impressive. its quite different from other posts. Thanks for sharing.
    Bangla Choti