Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Inside of a Groundbreaker





Someone asked Pumpkinrot on his blog how he made the ribcages for his groundbreakers and it reminded me that I wanted to post a picture of what the ones I make look like under the "skin". This one was probably my favorite so far, it's no Pumpkinrot groundbreaker, but I thought it came out o.k. I'm looking forward to making a few more of these this year.

I basically took advice from Rot and used SpookyBlue's Tutorial to learn how to make these.

7 comments:

FULL MOON INDUSTRIES said...

what are you using to weather proof your ground breakers?

jay's shadow said...

very nice work. i dont think i have the the nerves to go into something like that. pumpkinrot always gives some good advice and where to look for info on how to do things and on music he uses. have any info on how to do the lanterns?

Grim said...

I'm sorry Jay, I was supposed to have posted something for you a while back and kind of forgot. I have three days off coming up and will try to get one out and "reverse engineer" it for you. That was the one thing I didn't take pictures of as I was building it.

I actually haven't used anything to weatherproof them, I had meant to get up with Rot to see what he used. I left mine outside several nights and they even got rained on a couple of times and it didn't really hurt them, I just had to let them dry out afterwards. Most times I tried to move them to the front porch if it was supposed to rain, but I did have to jump out of bed at 3 in the morning and run outside to move them one night in a downpour. I'm sure the neighbors got a kick out of that! I am probably going to re-paint them this year after I figure out what to use for weatherproofing, and completely re-do a couple of the ones I didn't like.

The Pumpkin Queen said...

Very cool to see it from the inside out! Btw, I like your new page layout. I think Grim is my favorite prop, although I also love the ghost with the lantern. That is awesome! I'd love to have one of those in my graveyard. Someday. *sigh*

The Captain said...

I use a combo of carpet latex (glue) and water to do the paper Mache', then after that dries I paint them with exterior paint. After they have completely dried I get out my spray bottle and spray them down with clear deck sealer. Has worked great for me, the first three I made two Halloweens ago still look perfect. I do only have them out on Halloween.

Drop Gallow said...

I've never combined wood and pvc. What did you use to secure the one to the other?

Grim said...

You can barely see a piece of wood going up next to the "backbone", I usually just use three drywall screws to attach the PVC to the wood there. That's it really, I like the PVC because it makes them very sturdy... I can yank them up by the arm or neck and carry them around like that.