Halloween24x7's blog

Instructor: David Dienhart “Daboo”
Hands-on Workshop Location: Workshop 1 on the Convention Floor

Mesquite Convention Center
1700 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149

Saturday 8/26
Part 1 -2:30- 4pm
Part 2 – 4:15 – 5:45pm

You may have noticed that we're posting a lot more nowadays. That's because we are really excited about the things that we're working on and want to share our creative process and hopefully inspire others to create and share. We've had some great chats with our fellow Halloween and Haunt enthusiasts which has helped give us a second wind and the motivation to keep on pushing forward.

The Kentucky Wine and Vine Fest Art Walk walk was a great success!

Thanks for coordinating and arranging the event for us Connie Grayson we really appreciate all that you do. We had a great time and and had a nice turnout on such a beautiful day.

Our Baby Doll Head Candle Holders were a hit and sold out during the event, so we're making more today.

I may have a lead on a new coffin, so, it doesn't get any better than that.

Thanks go out to all that visited our booth and especially to those that walked away with a nice Halloween piece.


We went to HAuNTcon 2017 and had a great time taking classes and talking to fellow haunt enthusiasts. I was interviewed by Doug with VFX during the costume ball while wearing my Mr. Handsy costume. Doug was a lot of fun to interview with. Here's the interview. It should start at 23 minutes 7 seconds for my interview. I can't wait until HAuNTcon 2018 so that I can hang out with the new friends that I made and make more friends.

I've been working diligently on a new mold for my Baby Doll Head Candle Holder and finally finished it last night and cast my first iron cold cast resin piece tonight. I'll be debuting this piece on Oct 7th at the Jessamine Creative Art League Art walk and at Barktoberfest on Oct 8th. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and look forward to casting it in hydro-stone plaster as well. This piece still has a raw iron finish which I'll rust it and finish later in the week.

I've been very busy this month with my sculpting, mold-making, and casting. I've made a lot of progress on my rusting techniques and am extremely happy with how it has worked out on my iron cold-casting pieces. I've got a lot of Brass and Iron to work with, and am looking forward to creating a lot more. These pieces will be debuting at the Halloween Haunted Trunk Show on 9/30 at 4pm at High on Art and Coffee. I've got a lot going on between now and Halloween and have plenty of new stuff in the works. I'll be adding these all to my online store as time permits.

I've been dying to rust some cold-cast pieces and just got my iron powder order in. Since I worked on making a silicone mold this weekend, I figured I would go ahead and experiment on some smaller pieces during my downtime. Ultimately, I plan to apply the same technique to the Baby Doll Head candle holder that I will be casting more of in the coming days.

I received my Smooth-On Mold Max NV-14 NV last week and have been working on my sculpt so that I could create my silicon mold today. I was very anxious about creating the mold, as I've only done resin casting in silicone molds that I purchased. Leading up to making my mold, I watched a lot of Punished Props videos. I totally recommend watching Bill's video's if you plan to make a silicone mold. He has a lot of great content and tips and tricks. Last week, I decided that I wanted to make a two piece using the Mold Max NV-14.

Since we are getting busy and have a lot of events in the coming weeks we are taking some time to make a bunch of brass cold castings and skull head jars. We have a few distressed jars in the works as well since there are many steps involved in the process. As you can see, we cast a bunch of skull and crossbones. We made the copper ones on Saturday, and Brass ones today. I made a couple yellow ones as well, which did not turn out quite how I intended. :-) . We adhered them to the bottles that we are using for this batch and then textured a bunch of lids.

Hey All,

If you are in the Lexington, KY area, we have got some really cool stuff going on this month...