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Hand of Glory Prop: Take 2

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hand of Glory prop has a bit more age to it now. I weathered the lashing (dark brown paint wash) and gave the candles a layer of grime (yellow ocher tinted Mod Podge). Those elements looked too new in the first version. Small changes that really did make the prop better looking (I think at least).

Hand of Glory Prop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I've created a new prop for my cabinet of curiosities - a Hand of Glory.

The basic legend is, they were used as a tool by thieves well versed in the occult. The severed hand of a robber or murderer, executed for their crimes, was fashioned into a macabre candelabra. For each candle lit, one person in a home would sleep without waking until the flame was put out, allowing a thief to steal away without fear of being caught.

I imagined my Hand of Glory a very old and well used one... traded, bought or killed for by numerous nefarious criminals in dark pubs and alleys over many, many years. The hand has become mummified and skeletal, not as fresh as it was when quickly and crudely, snapped off a forgotten ne'er-do-well pirate's corpse hanging on the gallows long ago. It was created in haste during some dark ritual... an exposed forearm bone was simply lashed a wooden candlestick keeping it upright.

I should mention that although I used real candles in this prop, it was only made to display them, not safely burn them. They were lit just for these pictures, and even then, for only less than a minute.

This piece started as a zombie hand I was making to rise out of the ground for the Halloween yard display this year, but a new idea for it hit me.

Easter Bunny House Sketch

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Here's the concept for the Easter Bunny house display. Unlike the Leprechaun tree, the bunny needs a second-story to sleep in. His first floor egg painting workshop takes up a lot of space. There are rumors that underneath the tree, a vast network of tunnels exist which lead to good egg hiding spots across the globe.

Sketchbook: St. Patrick's Day

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Leprechaun sketched last Saturday.


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