Dave Published on 14 April 2010
Parent Category: Halloween
So, for those of you who have been following my latest monster mud prop here is the second part. I noticed that the updates for this project have gotten a little long. I decided that starting another section at the projects halfway point is a good idea.
On to the last half of the build.
I started with a jacket I got at the local Goodwill. The same process was used on the pants section; white glue/liquid starch then several coats of monster mud. Here is the beginning stage of monster mudding the jacket.
I covered the pants, boot and peg-leg with plastic to protect it during this process. A metal angle is used to help support the prop during the build. I have a button I am going to make copies of and glue onto the jacket.
There are a fair number of small "areas" that will hold rain if it happens to get wet, so I have been using caulking to either fill in or help direct any rain off the finished prop. I will end up having to add some paper clay to some larger areas (like the collar folds) to fill in.
It's a long slow process, so I'll update after the final monster mud coating has been applied.
OK, so actually I'm not finished the monster mud process just yet but I have been working on some little detail: buttons.
I picked up some plastic pirate buttons at a dollar store last year and thought I could use them for something. Well, I didn't have enough for this project so I made some simple plaster casting.
I pushed the plastic button into some clay, mixed up some plaster and made 12 copies. Yes, they aren't perfect, but with everything else to look at on this guy I doubt anybody will notice. I still have some painting to do with them, but here is what they look like with a base coat of paint.
I also used a little hot glue to temporarily attach them to the jacket to do a test "fitting" for placement and number required. I think this looks fairly good, so this will be the finished placement when the time comes.
I began working on making the jacket cuffs out of paper mache. Same process as the boot; bubble wrap, duct tape with paper mache and monster mud. After a few more layers I'll glue them onto the sleeves.
Next came the scariest part for me, cutting the jacket in half. There was no way I could work with sealing the inside having it still on the skeleton frame. So, I used my Dremel tool to cut through the material along the spine. I'll add a few coats of monster mud, paint it with Drylok then spray paint it black. I'll give it a few days to dry before I coat it with a good sealer.
I spent some time working on the inside of the jacket. I added a few coats of Monster Mud, Drylok and sprayed the inside Black. After everything on the inside of the jacket was done, I put a varnish on the inside of the jacket, pants, boot, and peg-leg.
Next was to bring it back inside and make it whole again. It took a bit of work to match things up but since it's on the back, it didn't have to be flawless. I used a few glue sticks, duct tape and a few layers of shop towel mache. After it was together, I put a few coats of Monster Mud over the seam to help smooth out the different layers.
While the jacket was drying, I made a simple bandanna. Same process as the boot so I didn't take any progress pictures. I finished up in about 2 1/2 days and all that's left is to seal it with varnish.
Next it was time to cut some holes in the jacket to make it look old and torn up. Same as the pants, I drew out a couple areas and used my Dremel to cut them out.
I added some small fabric flaps to make it look like the jacket pieces were still attached. The gray is the Drylok I used to help weatherproof the monster mud and the light tan is the MM without the Drylock.
Next came filling in the arms with spray foam and sealing everything else up with Drylok.
Here it is ready for final painting of the jacket.
The paper on the next was to help keep any over painting off the skeleton. I did end up having to redo some of the inside of the jacket since I had spray foam & some MM from the sleeves get on the finished sections.
On to the painting and extra details.
I started with a light blue base color. Yes, he has lots of colors ... guess he thought of himself as the "Fancy Pirate Captain".
You can hardly see that the jacket was cut in half down the middle and glued/taped/monster mudded back together.
Here it is with several washes of darker paint. The whole jacket had a dark blue wash, then I went over the creases with an even darker wash to accent the deeper sections of the folds.
Now the finished jacket.
Here it is with 1 more color wash and then I hit it with a very pale blue dry brushing for that little extra pop of color.
The gold trim was just some fabric trim that I glued on to the jacket. The button that were made earlier were glued on as well. For the most part, the jacket is done.
I have the tricorn hat, shackles, chain and the faux stone wall to make and the project is completed. I believe the hardest part of the build is over now ... so I hope you enjoyed watching this over the past 5 months.
On to the hat ...
Started working on the Captain's hat ... decided not to make it a tricorn style. Not exactly sure what "style" this one is ... maybe something like a Davy Jones??
It's scrap corrugated cardboard cut and shaped in a hat. I have 1 layer of blue shop towel mache on it so far. It will get 2 more layers and maybe a coating of monster mud.
Next is the painting ...
It has 3 layers of blue shop towel mache, 1 layer of monster mud, 1 coat of Drylok & 3 different paint colors.
Finished painting this today. It stopped raining long enough to take a few pictures.
The Pirate Captain build is complete! Wow ... been a long long build, but I think it's worth it. Next part is the wall & shackles.
I'll start a new section for the stone wall section when the project begins.
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