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I love chalkboards, not the green ones, but the old school black ones. I’ve seen many chalkboards popping up that are old frames, etc., that have been turned into chalkboards, so I decided to give it a try.  My mom had a few large old frames that she had oil paintings in and I asked her to save them. I saw a Tut online for doing a magnetic chalkboard and thought it would make a great way to display the magnets I create. Magnetic chalkboard it is!

I didn’t want to use magnetic paint but instead wanted metal as a backer, mainly because it gives a stronger magnetic surface for magnets to stick to.

I found this Tut:

Here is the frame before I started, I will post pics as I go:


It’s getting closer to Halloween with every passing day and that means the Home Haunters and Pro Haunters are brain storming and creating to their hearts content. Heck, for the most of us we are content if we are doing anything Halloween related at any time of the year…me, I doodle out creepy tree’s and whimsical haunted houses during work meetings  ::: looks up at  website header ::: 🙂 <— yes that is a smiley…wait I just did a smiley… MEDIC!

So I check my Facebook this morning and there is a post from Melissa McKnight about a rusting technique that has been posted over on HauntForum, which I have been sooooo neglecting due to all of my own goings ons. Yeah, I know…spank me later. Heck, spank me three times, I have also ignored HalloweenForum and Garage of Evil.
So back to rusting… I run on over to HauntForum to see exactly what the oxidizing iron is all about and lo’ and behold Jaybo (also known as Jayson from Nickols Manor) has written up a How-to on creating a realistic rusting technique. Seriously folks… you could make your Grandmother look like she was made from iron. Mine, rest her loving soul, would have switched me for even thinking the thought. ::: looks up ::: Love ya Grandma. You guys think they have switches in heaven? I can see it now… “So you like creepy tree’s huh little girl, lets go take a walk to find us a switch.”
Digressed… I’ll explain later. So the rusting technique that Jaybo has shown, has been done by others and is a combo of techniques really. Jaybo isn’t taking ownership of the technique, so slow your roll on thinking he is claiming it as his own… just showing us slow boaters how to do it when we need it. I would hug him for it but Dixie/Dawn would kick my butt. I have a girl crush on Dixie/Dawn… I think she is my good twin…me being the evil one of course. We have a love of the same things. She just doesn’t know how much… NO I don’t mean Jayson! Dang people! Whimsy Halloween stuff… ::: rolls eyes ::: The girl mentions spanking and that’s it for the rest of the post…

Digression… again… So this rusting technique… simple really and most of you may have the ingredients laying around the house…and in the kitchen!!! Can you imagine Oatmeal? Oatmeal! of all things is one of the adds to the mix for rusting. If you live in an area that your worried about varmints, eating what ever it is you have rusted, including nibbling on Grandma, then use Sawdust instead. Smaller, Oatmeal sized chunkies, down to the little stuff I would imagine would work better.
OHHH!! Read the comments from Jayson’s blog entry at Nickols Manor. One of the Davis Graveyarders piped in with suggestions on GreatStuff foam being used for rusting… I won’t say her name, ::: whispers CHRIS ::: mentions how they use it for rusting at the Graveyard.  They learned the technique from Bad Boys Scenic Design while at HauntCon last year. Chris mentions something about the using of GreatStuff foam and this being the only worth while thing to use GreatStuff Foam for… If any of you home haunters even attempt to stone her or Jeff… I will send my Grandmother after you!!! You don’t know the meaning of switching until a southern grandma has done it up right.

So if you have read this far… wow… you’re A.D.D. too!!! or… your just waiting for the pictures.
First let me summarize the links a bit. I think this is the most links I have put in one blog post.

Jaybo’s post on HauntForum – This link has total How-to
Jayson’s post on Nickols Manor – This link doesn’t have the Oatmeal addition

Now for pictures:

*** My grandmother was a wonderful southern lady and actually never switched me. My mom learned it from her though!! I only had to be switched once, to my knowledge, so she learned it right! ***

As for the long post… I’m home sick today nursing my shoulder. I have Thoracic Outlet syndrome, I have had it for many many years and somehow have pissed it off again. Basically your hand goes numb and it starts hurting from shoulder to hand. I get the tinglies in my fingers when it starts to wake up a bit and that’s when the pain starts.  Nutshell… makes for an angry girl that gets frustrated that I can’t do what I want to, when I want to, which includes painting the dang shelving unit I’m looking at in my living room that should be done and in the Skullery! Also makes it very difficult to sculpt anything cause my hand gets sore and hard to grasp stuff. Typing can be done if I sit the keyboard in my lap, along with the mouse, which at can’t seem to do at work. So…hence the home’ness today.

Now go rust something!!!

I’m going to be creating three dolls starting this week and needed an armature stand to do them. They will be in a sitting position so I needed them to be supported while I worked on and posed them.

I found an armature stand How-to on Noadi’s site on Squidoo.

Here is a link to the How-to in .PDF format, there is a link to the video on the .PDF if you are more of a visual learner like I am. The How-to was posted from iSculpt.org which has much useful info on Sculpting.

The stand took me roughly 20 minutes to build, not including the few minutes it took me to cut the hinge with my Dremel, sparks pretty. I bought the threaded rods in the sizes I needed so I didn’t have to cut them.

Here is my finished product…

I ran across these how-to’s over on Pumpkin Rots blog a while ago and decided I had to have a few of these. I’ve started the heads, which I’m not going to leave as just wig heads. Plus, I’m going to make a few that look like they are coming out of a wall, so some will have 1/2 bodies, some 1/4 bodies, etc.

Here is the link to the how to at www.Oct31st.org.


So I decided to go a’searching for some Halloween crafting ideas and decided to start over at PumpkinRot’s blog. After all I had to see what he has masterfully created lately right?

So check out what I found and absolutely love.

Click on image to go directly to the Witch Jar blog entry.

Witch Jars

For those of you that live in the world of paper mache creation, also known as paper mache that has driven you to insanity, there is a video that will drive you to green eyed monster jealousy. Why? You ask. Well…if your like me your one hatred of paper mache would be the patience it takes between layers…. the waiting and waiting. Watch the video and you will see my point.

P.S. I thank Jillian for gifting me by pointing me towards the video.

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