Wednesday, May 8, 2013

HDH 166 Steven King Nighmare

Haunted Design House has a wickedly cool challenge going on that I just had to join.  Challenge 166 - Steven King Nightmare:  You can use his books, movies, or comic books as your muse.

If you are a fan go check out all the great nightmares that the Design Team and other crafter's have created.

One of the first books I can remember reading by Steven King was one full of short stories called Skeleton Crew.  "Monkey" is the title of this short story and later became a movie called "Monkey Shines".  My muse is the monkey, ready to strike his cymbals of death.

I have named this candy holder Jang-Jang-Jang-Jang....


My first picture is of the original candy holder.  I believe I purchased this at a Family Dollar.  When you pull on the lever the mouth opens up and the arms come together to bang the cymbals.  Candy does not dispense like a Pez, but fun and the cymbals really do make a sound when they come together.

Monkey Head
As you know by now, majority of my supplies and accessories are Stampin' Up!.  They have just come out with a new product called White Simply Pressed Clay.  I love using this clay for my dark projects.  My monkey's head came out so much better than if I tried to use something else. 

I molded the head and used a stylus and paper piercing tool to add texture and lines to the facial features.  I let the head dry for a day.

I used an Aqua Painter and inks to color head mold.

Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint was added to the back of head, neck, and arms with a paintbrush.

A gold marker colored in the base of the eyes.  I then added Pearl Jewels to eye centers and went over once more with gold marker.  Black Sharpie for eye centers. 

 Monkey Body and Base

Gold marker was also used on cymbals, lever, and the front buttons, which are a smaller size of Pearl Jewels.
The other Acrylic Paints I used were Engine Red for the vest, Wedgewood Blue for his pants, and combo of the red with Rookwood Red for the blood around base.

A Black Sharpie was used to color in base of monkey.

Ribbon is a Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.

I took out the candy and cleaned out the container.  I then stamped "JANG" all over with Black Staze On.

I had some bloody bones candy and refilled container with these.

Gold Shimmer Smooch Spritz was spritzed over entire holder.

I am so happy with how this little guy turned out.  Lets just hope I never have really hear him use those cymbals! 

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  1. THIS IS BRILLIANT!! Oh my! This is an amazing make-over! I don't know why I'm screaming, but just seems appropriate. Fabulous take on our challenge at HDH. Skeleton Crew is a favorite of mine as well. I love King's short stories. Thanks for playing with us at HDH this week.

  2. Unfreakin'beliveable! Whoa! I'm speechless...well, ALMOST! Great choice of story and the transformation blows my mind! Fabulous, fabulous, FABULOUS work! Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon this week. xxD

  3. Wow. This is so cool. I love what you have done with it. Very creative xx. Great paint job. Love it. Thanks for joini g us at hdh x

  4. Freaking heck this is absolutely AMAZING. I love the non card entries especially the really, really cool ones like this. Too fabulous and love how you did detailed photos of the steps. Thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House x

  5. This is sooo COOL and FUN! FAB makeover and great Stephen King choice. Thanks for joining us at Haunted Design House :)

  6. This is freaking creepy as can be! Fabulous creation! I am amazed at the transformation of the candy holder. Mind blowing! Brilliant work!

  7. Oh WoWza - that is soooo creepy cool. What a brilliant transformation !!! AWESOME !!! It's creepy for me coz I hate monkeys !!
    Thank you for joining us at HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE
    Ike x

  8. Your candy holder really rocks! Great project for this challenge you did fantastic!