Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Corpse Instruments

Not sure if this would be more appropriate on my art blog, but I made these corpsed instruments for our feature length motion picture: "Blackbird Pie".

I found the little ukulele at St. Vinny, and the guitar was donated by our awesome makeup artist Serina Woodcock. I de-stringed 'em, and then corpsed them with paper mache. Paint, lacquer, and re-stringed with gorilla glue.

Then we rocked out with them for our weird Cab Calloway/Flesicheresque song and dance number. This movie is going to be really weird.

Bonus prop: Tombstone

This was kind of a neat challenge, it had to look modern enough to be from the 90's, but old looking enough to match the other tombstones in pioneer cemetary. I gave it a blocky modern shape, and then weathered it down with a sanding block and acetone.

I cut two sheets of styrofoam insulation in half, and then layered them together with glue. I printed out the epitaph and cut it out with a craft knife. I printed it too small though, the full epitaph read:

Richard Turner
phd. dds. bs. dor. etc.

beloved father and husband

Born 1969 Deceased 1999 At the unsightly age of 30

Here lies Dick
Who dug in the dirt
He found what he looked for
And now lies inert

Backstory y'all! Also, some terrible puns. Richard doesn't lie inert for very long, in fact we exhumed him to accompany us on mandolin during the song and dance.


  1. Too Cool! I always wanted to try my hand at some Tombstones... but the neck on that guitar takes the cake! Well done man!

  2. The instruments are to die for. I wouldn't mind having those in my house.

  3. Thanks for the kind words. I'm looking forwards to seeing them onscreen.

    Vivienne, I'd be happy to make one of these for you on commission (even just for shipping cost).

  4. Woah. Those instruments are downright disturbing! In the best possible way, of course. :)

    Thanks for following my blog!

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