HAUNTED OBJECTS: The Study
This whole series started because of an antique desk that I purchased in January of this year. I had wanted an old roll top desk for my study since the old desk took up too much room. The moment I brought the object into the study, it became a source of inspiration and started to transform my house. The "Green Man", who is carved in the front of the desk, has been a favorite of mine since childhood. There couldn't be a better symbol for the rebirth that I have found just recently.
|So much nicer than modern particle board.|
|Don't look directly into his eyes...|
The Green Man inspired me to turn my study into the quintessential haunted house library. Since I don't yet have the gall to get an architect to make plans for a Mansard Roof, I figured I could go room by room. For the study, I thought of what would be in a typical list of objects, and the first one that popped into my head was antlers. I had been eying some real Roe Antlers at a nearby store, but they wanted around a hundred bucks- pun unintentional. Seems extravagant and cruel to pay 100 bills for a piece of a dead animal. I decided to create my own. I carved the base out of a scrap piece of wood, and the antlers are coat hanger wire, aluminum foil, super sculpey, and paint.
|Not bad for a nights work.|
|No animals were harmed.|
|Silver Jesus is ready for a clay body.|
|Such an odd image I had to snap a pic.|
|No matter what anyone says, the container is not for dippin' sauces.|
Next on the list is a shrunken head. The leather and brass spool that I purchased from a local flea market was the inspiration for this piece. The head is made out of a ball of aluminum foil with super sculpey and paint. The eyebrows, nose hair, and ear hair are made from an old hog haired paintbrush. The hair is from a horse tail. The skull beads are old antiques.
|Yes, I still read books.|
|Don't drink the liquid in the green claw-foot flask.|
|Before a trial by fire.|
|Before the hair came in the mail.|
The next object went through many permutations. I have always wanted to create a Hand of Glory, but this is a slightly different version. The object looks like the severed hand of an old Vampiress. I found an old display case that plays a weird Bavarian classical tune for 5 bucks at my local flea market. The hand is made of coat hanger wire, foil, and sculpey. The hand has fingernails made of Popsicle sticks, and the skin is made out of paint and tissue paper. The lace and velvet are from the craft store. I made cobwebs on the inside of the case with a glue gun.
|Hey- who put this here?|
|Nightmares of the foil hand.|
|I've commandeered my kids lap desk.|
|Before the nails.|
|The original ring.|
|Looks even creepier in the dark.|
The next project was a quick one. I call this one the Ritual Skull. This one started from a block of great Pacific Northwest cheese. I had saved the black wax on the outside of this huge block of cheese. One day after work I sat in the first warm day of the year and sculpted the wax into a smooth looking skull. Here it sits on the desk in the study.
|Why Katharine- you do look beautiful...|
|It's not all dark and spooky around here.|
|Gonna leave that dirt right there.|
|We affectionately call this the glass outhouse.|
|An early Saturday morning.|
|At least I'm having a better day than this guy.|
|This cat needs to stop looking at me like that.|