|Me "helping" Chris Davis (aka the Frog Queen)|
It's always fun when you meet up with people who share the same passions.
|seen in the convention's parking lot|
When I heard there was to be a seminar where I could learn to make a lovely tombstone in the style of those in the Davis Graveyard, I made sure to bring along an extra piece of luggage just to bring my tombstone home in.
There were 15 students in the seminar, and everyone worked at their own pace. As usual, I took too many pictures and fell behind a bit. This became a slight problem when we ran out of black paint. I felt badly, because a new can of black paint was obtained pretty much just for me:(
These were much bigger tombstones than I'm used to making. These were chest high, and pretty wide. My final product is on the left in this picture (I regret making the scratch marks. I guess my technique with the rasp needs refining.)
And this is how you break a tombstone! Chris Davis does it with ease and you can hear Jeff Davis giving some encouragement in the background. Now it fits in my suitcase just fine.We had bought teeshirts from three vendors at the convention's tradeshow, so I used those and other clothes to pad them and make sure they didn't shift and get damaged.
|skewers through the back keep the pieces connected|
Afterwards, only minimal touch-up painting need be done.
Another tombstone tip I learned at the convention came from Terry Marsh of the Mize Cemetery and Haunt. He makes great tombstone embellishments by making a mold from a twin-pack of Hostess cupcakes. The tutorial is here.
|tombstone embellishment made from a pack of cupcakes!|
The EHM team also remade the schools haunt, The Nightmare Factory. Having seen it at last years' convention, I agree: the haunt did get a very extreme makeover. Which is not only fun, but helpful- the school uses the annual haunt as a fundraiser. So many people wanted to see the EMH changes, they ran the haunt an extra 2 weeks past Halloween.
One of the additions was in the queue for the haunt. It was this photo op where you put your head through the hole for the bride or groom:
One amusing incident happened on the way home. My love Dennis had bought 3 skulls at the tradeshow from The Skull Shoppe (shown here.)
On the way back home, the security agents at the Portland Airport pulled him aside after his belongings went through the x-ray machine. They wanted to hand search his carry-on. But before they even zipped it open, they asked, "are the skulls inside of here real?"