Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Careful, those aren't Easter eggs!
Here is an Easter/Halloween prop that I made a while back, but thought it was appropriate this time of year...because those weren't Easter eggs!
Our poor little Easter Bunny had trouble distinguishing regular eggs from those of another, more Alien species. he lost his head and has a bad case of, uh, heartburn?
What possessed me to build something this sinister?
It all started with another prop I wanted to work on - a skull with bunny ears! I looked around and could not find a child's hat with little bunny ears, and the only ones that I had in my tickle trunk were the headband style ones from a Playboy costume - not what I was looking for. So I waited.
The good thing about being a Halloweenie is that anywhere, anytime, all year round, you can find the perfect item that you can warp into a prop. It was just a couple days before Easter when my local department store had their bunnies for 50% off, so I picked up this cute little guy.
I removed the head to use for my other prop and thought, what can I do with the rest of it? (Another Halloweenie trait - almost nothing goes to waste, it just goes into your junk box and gets reincarnated as something that it wasn't intended for in the first place). I had an idea, now just had to find the parts I needed!
Heading online I found that Troll and Toad happened to have a chestburster plush toy. I ordered it, and with the help of some pink socks from the Dollarama and a scrap of fabric from...somewhere, I set off to construct.
I deconstructed the egg, and refashioned another out of the velveteen material, then opened up the egg top to make it resemble the other one. Okay, purists will complain that the top of the egg doesn't match the Alien's egg pods exactly, but it gets the idea across. Something else that comes in handy as a Halloweenie sometimes is just getting the idea across and letting the people's imagination and memory do the work.
With some other fabric I made a tube - a sock with the toes cut off - from the chest to the neck, added a little blood, inserted the chestburster and called it a day. Okay, took a couple days because I'm not a great seamstress, but it works...
So, hope you all have a happy, hoppy Easter this year! Just be careful what you eat, mmmkay?