I used heavy cardboard for the base and to cut out the shapes of the house. For the tower I used the tube from a roll of paper towels. Everything was securely taped and glued together and then I wrapped the whole thing in black clay to make one solid piece and to make the windows look dark when I cut them out. After I baked that it was easier to apply the walls of the house. I cut out windows and the door and framed them with thin strips of clay.
Then I started having fun with the glow in the dark clay! I made glow in the dark candle flames for the upper windows and made them resemble eyes and teeth. I started the front porch and sculpted a door as well. The ghost was sculpted from glow in the dark clay and is letting out a black cat with glow in the dark eyes. For as tiny as he is (no more than 1/2" long) that cat took a long time to make! It's not easy sculpting in such a small scale!
And this is what it looks like in the dark at this point. Pretty cool, huh?
And this fun face in the back window was a suggestion from my boyfriend. It's reminiscent of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, albeit slightly more spooky and evil looking, especially when it's glowing in the dark!
Then I started really getting into the details, adding a roof to the front porch, more spooky effects in the windows, and of course the resident skeleton.
All of the effects in the windows were sculpted from glow in the dark clay, as was the skeleton.
At this point I put the roof on, shingled the roof, and then added the large Oak tree at the back of the house. The tree has a wire and foil armature ansd is securely attached to the base of the sculpture. It looks somewhat delicate, but is really fairy strong and sturdy.
I added a large glow in the dark full moon to the branches of the tree as well. Then I added ivy climbing up the sides of the house along with red, yellow, and orange Maple and Oak leaves in the yard.
I also made three Jack O Lanterns with glow in the dark faces to decorate the front yard. The whole thing looks pretty impressive during the day or at night!
You can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the listing and read more about this unique Halloween haunted house sculpture. This took about three weeks to complete but I really enjoyed the process. I wasn't just sure how it would come out until it was finished. I must say, I'm really pleased with the results! As with most of my work, this is another one of a kind creation.
Thanks for joining me for yet another creative adventure! Stayed tuned for more creativity- I've got plenty of new projects planned for the holiday season!
~Michelle of CreativeCritters
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