Posts Tagged ‘horror’

witchburnWhether you plan to burn a witch, stage a demon rising from hell or BBQ a corpse, this simple, inexpensive bed of coals can be created with minimal time and effort to make the scene pop.  The resulting prop is also light weight and water resistant.

I began with a piece of corrugated plastic board from an old yard sign.  I also covered it with aluminum foil to hide any of the image on it that might show through. This forms the base of the coals and is sturdy enough to carry the prop.  For this example I cut a hole in the center and took care not to cover it so that I could drive a short piece of rebar into the ground to support a piece of bamboo with a doll tied to it.

Collect a variety of clear plastic bottles.  Cut off the top part of as many bottles as you need to cover your base.  Be sure to cut them into various heights.  Colored bottles could be used, but I chose to stick with clear bottles so the light would be as bright as possible.

coal bottles

Next, place a set of orange or red holiday string lights on the base.  Leave some extra cord on the end with the plug sticking out past the edge of the base.   Push some lights up into the bottle necks.  You can tape or glue them to the inside of the bottle necks if you wish, but it’s not necessary (I did not).

coal foam 2

Once the lights are evenly spread out and the bottles placed, randomly spray expanding foam over the entire thing.  Be sure to leave some holes in the foam for the light to show through.  After the foam has dried completely, spray a combination of red, gray and black paint on it so that it also looks like hot coals during the daylight.  Take care not to spray into the holes too much or you will block the lights from shinning through.

witchburnBelow is an attempt to show the finished product in the dark.  My doll needs some work to show the result of her torturous demise.  But, you get the idea.  And, as you can tell in the above photograph, she actually stands on her own indoors.  Outside she is even more stable as a short piece of rebar is driven into the center hole in the prop to support the bamboo stake to which she is tied.

coal lit dark

 

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Halloween playlists can be found on just about any music service you choose.  However, they tend to be short and chock-full of kiddie type selections like Monster Mash.  I needed a longer playlist I could set to shuffle and not bother with again.  Also, one that had appeal for three generations of attendees.

Below you will find the songs/artists on my Spotify playlist called “Frau Mason Halloween Bash” (username kimmason65).  The 385 song list boasts 24 hours and 51 minutes of playtime – plenty of time to last an entire party as well as the preparations.  It encompasses genres from punk to bluegrass.

Comment with suggestions for additional songs.

  1. (Don’t Feed) the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
  2. (It’s A) Monster’s Holiday – Buck Owens
  3. 19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones
  4. 9 Crimes – Damien Rice
  5. All on Black – Alkaline Trio
  6. A Nightmare on my Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  7. A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever and a neck – Bright Eyes
  8. Abercrombie Had A zombie – Fats Waller
  9. Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
  10. Adam’s Song – Blink-182
  11. After Midnight – Dorothy
  12. Ain’t No Grave – Crooked Still
  13. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage The Elephant
  14. Aliens Exist – Blink-182
  15. Am I A Psycho – Tech N9ne
  16. American Psycho – D12
  17. Angel is the Devil – Steve Earle
  18. Animals – Maroon 5
  19. Arsonist’s Lullabye – Hozier
  20. Back in Black – AC/DC
  21. Bad Company – Bad Company
  22. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Rivival
  23. Bad Things – Jace Everett
  24. Bad Things – Rayland Baxter
  25. Ballad of Dwight Fry – Alice Cooper
  26. Bang Bang – Nancy Sinatra
  27. Bang Bang Bang – Dorothy
  28. Banks of the Ohio – Joan Baez
  29. Barbara Allen – Joan Baez
  30. Barton Hallow – The Civil Wars
  31. Basket Cast – Green Day
  32. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf
  33. Beat on the Brat – Ramones
  34. Because – The Beatles
  35. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
  36. Best of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  37. Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper
  38. Black Magic Woman – Santana
  39. Black Peter – Grateful Dead
  40. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  41. Black Saint – Witch
  42. Black Skinhead – Kanye West
  43. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) – Concrete Blonde
  44. Bloodsucker – Southern Culture on the Skids
  45. Bloody Mary – The Horrors Remix – Lady Gaga
  46. Blue Devil – Hank Williams III
  47. Blue Moon – Frank Sinatra
  48. Body Snatcher – Billy Idol
  49. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  50. Bones – Little May
  51. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  52. Bottom of the River – Delta Rae
  53. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
  54. Brain – Banks
  55. Braineaters – Misfits
  56. Break on Through (To the Other Side) – The Doors
  57. Burn – The Cure
  58. Burn She-Devil, Burn – The Cramps
  59. Burn the Witch – Queens of the Stone Age
  60. Candyman – Grateful Dead
  61. Candyman – Grateful Dead
  62. Caroline Says II – Lou Reed
  63. Castin’ My Spell – Johnny Otis
  64. Change (In the House of Flies) – Deftones
  65. Climbing up the Walls – Radiohead
  66. Close to Me – The Cure
  67. Cold Ethyl – Alice Cooper
  68. Country Death Song – Violent Femmes
  69. Creep – Radiohead
  70. Criminal – Eminem
  71. Curse of the Mummy’s Hand – Misfits
  72. D.O.A. – Bloodrock
  73. Dammit Janet – Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon
  74. Dance with the Devil – Breaking Benjamin
  75. Daughter of Darkness – Tom Jones
  76. Dark Lady – Cher
  77. Day-O – Harry Belafonte
  78. Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones
  79. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
  80. Dead! – My Chemical Romance
  81. Dead Souls – Nine Inch Nails
  82. Deal with the Devil – Pop Evil
  83. Death Death (Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Song) – Voltaire
  84. Demon Woman – Flight of the Conchords
  85. Dentist – cast
  86. Desperado – Alice Cooper
  87. Devil – Papa Roach
  88. Devil – Southern Gothic Revival
  89. Devil Boy – Tech N9ne
  90. Devil Don’t You Fool Me – Josh Farrow
  91. Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
  92. Devil in a Sleepin’ Bag – Willie Nelson
  93. Devil In Disguise – Elvis Presley
  94. Devil in my Car – The B-52’s
  95. Devil Inside – INXS
  96. Devil May Dance – AJ Roach
  97. Devil Pray – Madonna
  98. Devil Rides – Mogwai
  99. Devil Town  – Bright Eyes
  100. Devil Town  – Daniel Johnson
  101. Devil Woman – Marty Robbins
  102. Devil Woman – Cliff Richard
  103. Devil’s Backbone – The Civil Wars
  104. Devil’s Dance Floor – Flogging Moly
  105. Devil’s Daughter – Vaudeville Etiquette
  106. Devil’s Daughter – Hank Williams III
  107. Devil’s Food – Alice Cooper
  108. Devil’s Got a Hold – Travis Barker, Slaughterhouse
  109. Devil’s Got a New Disguise – Aerosmith
  110. Devil’s Night  – D12
  111. Devil’s Plaything – Danzig
  112. Devil’s Right Hand – Johnny Cash
  113. Devil’s Swing – Godsmack
  114. Devil’s Whisper – Raury
  115. Devils – Amelai Curran
  116. Devils & Dust – Bruce Springsteen
  117. Devils with a Blue Dress – Mitch Ryder
  118. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking – Al Bowlly
  119. Dig It Up – Hoodoo Gurus
  120. Digital Sea – Thrice
  121. Dire Wolf – Grateful Dead
  122. Disturbia – Rihanna
  123. Down by the River – The Dirty River Boys
  124. Dracula – Gorillaz
  125. Dracula’s Duece – The Ghouls
  126. Drag Me Down – One Direction
  127. Drag The River – Southern Gothic Revival
  128. Dragula – Rob Zombie
  129. Early Sunsets Over Monroeville – My Chemical Romance
  130. El Paso – Marty Robbins
  131. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  132. Enter the Circus – Christina Aguilera
  133. Every Breath You Take – the Police
  134. Evil Eye – Billy Idol
  135. Evil (Is Going On) – Howlin’ Wolf
  136. Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden
  137. Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
  138. Fiction – Avenged Sevenfold
  139. Fire – Jimi Hendrix
  140. Fire on the Mountain – Grateful Dead
  141. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  142. Fresh Blood – Eels
  143. Friend of the Devil – Grateful Dead
  144. Funeralopolis – Electric Wizard
  145. Gallows Pole – Led Zeppelin
  146. Gang Bang – Madonna
  147. Ghost – Ella Henderson
  148. Ghost on the Dance Floor – Blink-182
  149. Ghost Riders in the Sky – Johnny Cash
  150. Ghost Town – Adam Lambert
  151. Ghost Train – Southern Gothic Revival
  152. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker jr
  153. Ghosts that We Know – Mumford & Songs
  154. Ghosttown – Madonna
  155. Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson
  156. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
  157. Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
  158. Gollum’s Song – Emliana Torrini
  159. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  160. Graves – Whiskey Shivers
  161. Graveyard Boogie – Buster Doss & Arkansas Playboys
  162. Greenwood Sidey – Anna & Elizabeth
  163. Halloween – John Carpenter
  164. Halloween – Misfits
  165. Halloweenhead – Ryan Adams
  166. Halloween Parade – Lou Reed
  167. Haunt you Every Day – Weezer
  168. Haunted – Evanescence
  169. Haunted – Charlie Simpson
  170. Haunted – Poe
  171. Haunted Blues – Memphis Minnie
  172. Haunting – Halsey
  173. Hearse with a Curse – Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
  174. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  175. Heathens – 21 Pilots
  176. Helena (So Long & Goodnight) – My Chemical Romance
  177. Hell Hole – Spinal Tap
  178. Hell in a Bucket – Grateful Dead
  179. Hell’s Bells – Cary Ann Hearst
  180. He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask) – Alice Cooper
  181. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
  182. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  183. Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
  184. Hotel California – Eagles
  185. House of 1000 Corpses – Rob Zombie
  186. House of Horrors – Insane Clown Posse
  187. House of Leaves – Poe
  188. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
  189. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys
  190. Hungry like the Wolf – Duran Duran
  191. Hurt – Johnny Cash
  192. Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
  193. Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte – Patti Page
  194. I Appear Missing – Queens fo the Stone Age
  195. I Can Make You A Man – Tim Curry
  196. I Love the Dead – Alice Cooper
  197. I Miss You – Blink-182
  198. I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  199. I walked with a Zombie – Rocky Erickson, The Aliens
  200. I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones
  201. I Wanna Be Well – Ramones
  202. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
  203. I’ll Fly Away – Ralph Stanley
  204. I’m a Ghost – Scrappy Cartoon
  205. I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
  206. I’m Your Witch Doctor – Them
  207. In The Pines – Lead Belly
  208. Inmates (We’re All Crazy) – Alice Cooper
  209. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
  210. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
  211. Jack’s Lament – The All-American Rejects
  212. Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch
  213. Jack the Ripper – Misfits
  214. Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark – Dolly Parton
  215. Jeepers Creepers – Al Donohue & Paula Kelly
  216. Jim in the Line – Harry Belafonte
  217. Keepin’ Halloween Alive – Alice Cooper
  218. Killer Queen – Queen
  219. Kim – Eminem
  220. Kiss Kiss Kill Kill – Horrorpops
  221. Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford
  222. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  223. Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
  224. Let Me Hear you Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
  225. Lil’ Devil – The Cult
  226. Li’l Red Riding Hood – Pharaohs, Sam the Sham
  227. Little Devil – Neil Sadaka
  228. Little Drop of Poison – Tom Waits
  229. Little Ghost – The White Stripes
  230. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
  231. Long Black Veil – Lefty Frizzell
  232. Lotion – Greenskeepers
  233. Lonesome Road – Joan Baez
  234. Love Is a Murder – The Constellations
  235. Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers
  236. Lucifer – Jay Z
  237. Lullaby – The Cure
  238. Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
  239. Mad House – Rihanna
  240. Maneater – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  241. Me and the Devil Blues – Eric Clapton
  242. Midnight Rambler – The Rolling Stones
  243. Millie and Billie – Alice Cooper
  244. Misguided Ghosts – Paramore
  245. Monster – Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick
  246. Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett
  247. Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osborne
  248. Mr. Ghost is Going To Town – The Five Jones Boys
  249. My Body’s a Zombie for You – Dead Man’s Bones
  250. Nightmare – Jack Turner
  251. Nightmares – Violent Femmes
  252. Night of the Vampire – Roky Erickson
  253. Nocturnal Me – Echo & the Bunnymen
  254. No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper
  255. No Quarter – Led Zepplin
  256. O Death – Ralph Stanley
  257. Oh Coely – Neutral Milk Hotel
  258. Once Upon a Dream – Lana Del Rey
  259. One Way Road To Hell – The Guess Who
  260. Ouija Board – Morrissey
  261. Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
  262. Party Time (as heard in  – 45 Grave
  263. Perfect Day – The Constellations
  264. Pet Sematary – Ramones
  265. Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones
  266. Please Mr. Grave Digger – David Bowie
  267. Posin Ivy – The Coasters
  268. Pretty Polly – Vandaveer
  269. Psycho – Muse
  270. Psycho – System of a Down
  271. Psychobitches Outta Hell – Horrorpops
  272. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  273. Psychopath – St. Vincent
  274. Railroad Boy – Joan Baez
  275. Renegade – Styx
  276. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  277. Road to Hell – Bruce Dickinson
  278. Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen
  279. Scary Monsters – David Bowie
  280. Science Fiction, Double Feature – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  281. Screaming Bloody Murder – Sum 41
  282. Screaming Skull – The Fleshtones
  283. Season of the Witch – Donovan
  284. Seven Devils – Florence & the Machine
  285. Severed Crossed Fingers – St. Vincent
  286. Shadows fo the Night – Pat Benetar
  287. She Put a Hex on You – Them
  288. She Wasn’t Nothing But a Devil – John Lee Hooker, Jr
  289. She’s My Witch – Southern Culture on the Skids
  290. She’s So Cold – The Rolling Stones
  291. Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue
  292. Shovel and Bone – Terrance Zdunich
  293. Silver Dagger – Bob Dylan, Joan Baez
  294. Skid Row (Downtown) – Soundtrack
  295. Skin and Bones – Foo Fighters
  296. Sleep Tight – The Creepshow
  297. Some Folks – Alice Cooper
  298. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
  299. Somewhere That’s Green – Alan Menken, Ellen Green
  300. Somewhere That’s Green – cast
  301. Song of Joy – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  302. Sorcerer – Stevie Nicks
  303. Speak of the Devil – Misfits
  304. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
  305. Spooky – Classics IV
  306. Spooky Movies – Gary Paxton
  307. Spooks – Louis Armstrong
  308. Steven – Alice Cooper
  309. Strange Brew – Cream
  310. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
  311. Suddenly Seymour –
  312. Sugar Cane – Southern Gothic Revival
  313. Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
  314. Suicide is Painless – Johnny Mandel
  315. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  316. Surfin’ Dead – The Cramps
  317. Suspiria – Goblin
  318. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson
  319. Swingin’ at the Seance – The Deep River Boys
  320. Sympathy For the Devil – The Rolling Stones
  321. T’aint No Sin (To Take Your Skin Off) – Fred Hall
  322. Tear you Apart – She Wants Revenge
  323. Teenage Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
  324. Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
  325. Teenage Lobotomy – Ramones
  326. Teeth – Lady Gaga
  327. Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
  328. That Little Old Graverobber Me – Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians
  329. That Old Black Magic – Sammy Davis Jr
  330. That Ole Devil Called Love – Billie Holiday
  331. The Boogieman – The Jackson 5
  332. The Boogie Monster – Gnarls Barkley
  333. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Tony Bennett, Sting
  334. The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon – The Cramps
  335. The Devil Beneath My Feet – Marilyn Manson
  336. The Devil is Me – KISS
  337. The Devil Made Me Do it the First Time – Billy Joe Shaver
  338. The Devil’s Chasing Me – The Reverend Horton Heat
  339. The Devil Takes Care of his Own – Band of Skulls
  340. The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels
  341. The Devil’s Rejects – Rob Zombie
  342. The Devil’s Rising – Southern Gothic Revival
  343. The Devil’s Son – The Creepshow
  344. The Devil’s Workday – Modest Mouse
  345. The Devils Movin In – Hank Williams III
  346. The Ghost of Eli Renfro – The Nashville Bluegrass Band
  347. The Ghost of Smokey Joe – Cab Calloway
  348. The Ghost Who Walks – Karen Elson
  349. The Graveyard Shift – The Ghouls
  350. The Green Manalishi (with the two pronged – Fleetwood Mac
  351. The Hanging Tree – Angus & Julia Stone
  352. The Haunting – Anberlin
  353. The Killing Moon – Echo & the Bunnymen
  354. The KKK Took My Baby Away – Ramones
  355. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
  356. The Mercy Seat – Johnny Cash
  357. The Curse of Millhaven – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  358. The Monster – Eminem, Rihanna
  359. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
  360. The Phantom of the Opera – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  361. The Quiet Room – Alice Cooper
  362. The Raven – The Alan Parsons Project
  363. The Skeleton Rag – The American Quartet
  364. The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkle
  365. The Third Death – Isolbel Anderson
  366. The Time Warp – Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien, Little Nell
  367. The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone
  368. The Wolf – Ben Rice
  369. The Woman is a Devil – The Doors
  370. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  371. They’re Hanging Me Tonight – Marty Robbins
  372. This House is Haunted – Alice Cooper
  373. This is Halloween – Citizens of Halloween
  374. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  375. Time Warp – Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien, Little Nell
  376. Tombstone Shadow – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  377. Toxic – Britney Spears
  378. Tribute – Tenacious D
  379. True Blood – Justin Timberlake
  380. Twighlight of the Dead – Misfits
  381. Twilight Zone – Golden Earring
  382. Undertaker – Southern Culture on the Skids
  383. Undertaker Blues – Buddy Moss
  384. Unholy – KISS
  385. Vampire – John & John
  386. Vampire Blues – Neil Young
  387. Vampires Will Never Hurt You – My Chemical Romance
  388. Vicious – Lou Reed
  389. Voicething – Goldtrapp
  390. Voodoo – Godsmack
  391. Voodoo Cadillac – Southern Culture on the Skids
  392. Wafaring Stranger – Jack White
  393. Wake Me up Wehn September Ends – Green Day
  394. Walk Like a Zombie –  Horrorpops
  395. Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
  396. Wayfaring Stranger – Jack White
  397. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
  398. Why Didn’t Rosemary? – Deep Purple
  399. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
  400. Welcome to my Nightmare – Alice Cooper
  401. Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
  402. Werewolf – CocoRosie
  403. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
  404. White Room – Cream
  405. Wicked – Southern Gothic Revival
  406. Wicked Annabelle – The Kinks
  407. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  408. Wild Thing – The Troggs
  409. Witch Doctor – David Seville
  410. Witchcraft – The Spiders
  411. Witchy Woman – Eagles
  412. Wolf Like Me – TV On the Radio
  413. Yellow Floicker Beat – Lorde
  414. You Look Like the Devil – Willie Nelson
  415. Zombie – Natalia Kills
  416. Zombie Dance – The Cramps
  417. Zombified – Southern Culture on the Skids
  418. Zombie Zoo – Tom Petty

This playlist will be updated overtime. You can also view it as a spreadsheet on Google Drive here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QhTfACX4e2OouqIE3uMsBs2fc7Q8I1uGvN5LbnUZet8/edit?usp=sharing

bookshelf-finalI’m working on adding a mad scientist’s lab to my Halloween displays and figured some good reading material would be a necessity in any lab.  This small project was created to hang on my fireplace mantel, but it could also be made as a facade in front of regular books on a shelf or is light weight enough to hang a much larger version on a wall.

To begin the project I cut my pieces of cardboard into different sizes for my books.  In this case I cut them into various widths, but left them all close to the same height so the fireplace wouldn’t show behind them.

Using a metal ruler as a guide, I scored the cardboard at even intervals about a quarter of the way through the cardboard so that the book spines could be rounded.  It’s important that the last score lines on each side are equal distances from the outer edges of the cardboard so the book sticks out evenly on both sides from the shelf.  I actually made these two cuts on all of the books first so that I could plan for various books protruding from the shelves in different amounts.

bookshelf-1-cuts

I then gathered my spine covers that I had printed and glued them to the cardboard using a brush and glue watered down 50/50.  That proportion is for Elmer’s school glue.  If you use a cheap brand, don’t water it down as it already is watered down about that much.

bookshelf-2-spines

My printed spines came from various location.  There are many sites with free printable book cover textures available to create them from scratch.  I wound up finding actual pictures of old libraries and choosing the book spines I liked the best.  Then I used Photoshop to erase the actual titles on the books (if they had them).  Using the clone stamp I filled texture back in where I had erased and then I wrote in my own titles and credit.

Since I like to incorporate horror movies into my displays whenever possible I paid tribute to some of my favorite scientists with the titles including: Robotics by Miles Dyson (Terminator), Tissue Regeneration by Herbert Best (Re-Animator), Teleportation by Seth Brundle (The Fly), Pharmakeia by Henry Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), How I Did it by Victor Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein), Herbal Remedies by Hershel Greene (The Walking Dead), Genetics by Dr. Moreau (The Island of Dr. Moreau), Concerning Black Holes by Jack Torrence (The Shining), Ancient Egyptian Artifacts by Ardath Bey (The Mummy), Parasites by Warren Chapin (The Tingler), Optical Density by Jack Griffin (The Invisible Man), Comparative Alien Physiology by Leonard McCoy (Star Trek) and Homunculi by Septimus Pretorius (The Bride of Frankenstein). I actually wound up with a bit of space at the end and plan to add Body Modification by Mary Mason (American Mary) to represent the ladies.

Using the printed spines as guides I glued strips of craft foam onto my books to give them more depth.

bookshelf-3-foam

I then brushed large brown coffee filters with glue and put several overlapping layers over the foam strips to blend them into the spine.  I brushed more glue over the top of the filters to fully attach them to the spines and also to wet them enough to be able to brush out any wrinkles I didn’t want. I put a few layers of filters so that the strips of foam would appear to have rounded edges.

bookshelf-4-filters

When finished I glued a second copy of the spines over them, carefully lining it up with the first copy so that all the foam pieces would protrude in the correct places. I then squeezed by books into shape and put loose fitting rubber bands on them so that they would dry in the shape of the ends of books.

bookshelf-5-topspine

Once they dried I lined them up in the order I wanted them and measured them to create my shelf.

bookshelf-6-glueFor the backing I cut a piece of cardboard the width of my books and slightly shorter than the height of the shortest one so that it wouldn’t show.  I glued two small strips of wood to the top of it and used them to screw in eye hooks for my hanging wire.  I also added wood strips to the sides and bottom so it would lay evenly flat against the mantel.

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Once my backing was done I measured it and cut four pieces of 1/2 inch foam insulation to create my wooden shelf.  To make the foam look like wood I used an awl to scratch some grain marks and knots into the foam. I then painted all the indentations with black paint without much worry about getting too much on.  Then I used a greyish brown paint to cover the entire pieces.  For this I used a sponge brush and painted lightly over the surface so that the black that was inside the indentations I made was not covered. I did the wood grain and paint on both sides of the foam as well as the sides and ends of each piece as some of them would be visible around the books.

bookshelf-9-foamwood

Finally, I put full strength Elmer’s glue on the sides of each book and on the bottom half of the back edges and glued them to the front of my backboard.  Around them I glued my foam pieces. The top piece is just glued to the top ends of the side foam pieces.

bookshelf-final