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Shadowbox Wall Decoration

June 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs


Empress Pam recently turned me on to an interesting decorating idea found in an unusual place: The restroom of a DC restaurant called Oyamel. (She’s not the only one who’s noticed it, either; about half the reviews I found online mentioned the restroom decor.)

One wall is lined floor-to-ceiling with small shadowboxes, each containing a calavera or other ethnic artwork, not to mention a hell of a lot of glitter. They’re like miniature shrines, and are perfect for highlighting small treasures. This would be a great way to display a collection of small items (like the calaveras), and each box could be decorated differently to really showcase its contents.

The Oyamel shadowboxes look fairly deep, so they probably wouldn’t be suitable for a small room where they might eat into the floor space. A wall of shallower boxes or a border of deeper boxes at eye level might work better. You’d also need to be careful if you put the shadowboxes in a bathroom or kitchen where humidity or aerosolized grease might damage the display items. “Real” shadowboxes with glass fronts can be expensive, but since these lack the glass you could build your own simple wooden boxes or even use sturdy cardboard. Cheap, easy, and highly unique.

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The Dragonry

June 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dragon EggsI’ve mentioned DadCanDo in the past, but since they’ve done a bit of reorganizing I wanted to call your attention to The Dragonry.

It’s a whole section of dragon-related items, like these dragon eggs made from blown eggs and hot glue, the Dragon Hunter’s Goggles which could double as an inexpensive Steampunk accessory, and loads more. The projects are fairly easy and use readily-available materials, and they’re a marvelous source of inspiration.

A “real” dragon’s egg would make a wonderful and unique gift for a child (or a Game of Thrones-obsessed adult). It appears that their example uses a chicken egg, but since it’s embellished with hot glue and then painted there’s no reason you couldn’t use a larger plastic or wooden egg instead. Add some suitable documentation as to the egg’s provenance and perhaps a pretty wooden box to keep it in, and you’d have a lovely display piece.

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The Steampunk Roadster

June 14th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Steampunk RoadsterLegendary steampunk modder Jake von Slatt has just completed his most ambitious–and, apparently, his last–makeover. He bought a 70s-era kit car on eBay and completely transformed it into a phenomenal steampunk confection. He offered it for sale and it was purchased within a day, but you can still see his process photos and drool over the vehicle in this video:

Although he’s claiming that this is his last steampunk project, it doesn’t seem to mean that he’s retiring from the steampunk community. He’s just not planning to do any more mods involving “steampunkifying” modern objects. A pity; he has a definite gift.

(via BoingBoing)

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June 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Rik Garrett is launching a new video series which explores “the historical exchange between art, science, and the occult.” The first episode covers the beginnings of Spiritualism.

(via Haute Macabre)

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Day of the Link Dump

June 10th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Flayed Human Skull Antipasto Platter – The “meat head” is a fairly standard Halloween party dish, but this one is quite nicely done. Also includes a link to a recipe for coal-black bread. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Voodoo Cloaks – A look at the “technicolor” clothing associated with the religion of Voodoo in Benin.

How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to “See” a Dead Person’s Last Sight – Smithsonian has an interesting article about the old belief in optography.

Goth Block – Heavy-duty sunscreen in a black container.

Klements – UK clothing company featuring unusual printed fabrics. I like the bird skeleton on Freaks.

Leatherback Turtle Mouth – The inside of a Leatherback turtle’s mouth looks like something out of a horror movie.

Haunted House Silhouettes – Downloadable patterns for making spooky window decorations. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

13 Fun Facts About “Scooby-Doo” – A roundup.

Lost American Superstitions – Neat list of “lost” superstitions from early 20th Century America. My grandma subscribed to more than a few of these. (Hat tip to pdq)

Unconventionally Adorable Plush Toys – These knitted and felted creatures by Hiné Mizushima are weirdly cute.

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The Ring vs. The Grudge

June 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Last week in Japan the opening of a national baseball game was “interrupted” by the ghosts from The Ring and The Grudge. Sadako (whose cleats, I believe, are my favorite part of this whole weird endeavor) pitched against a blood-streaked Kayako and her ghostly son. Because why not.

It was a promotion for the upcoming horror movie Sadako vs. Kayako, but I could just as easily believe that it was something the baseball team had decided to do for the hell of it. You could tell me literally anything happened in Japan and I would accept it without question.

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming movie. It’s a crossover in the Freddy vs. Jason vein, and according to Wikipedia the film was first teased as an April Fool’s joke last year. I can believe that, too.

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Seen Online

June 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

If reincarnation is real, I wonder if I’ve ever read anything about my previous life without realizing it.

Dads in horror movies always have the most chill explanations.
“Our son is covered in pentagrams!”
Well maybe he’s just allergic to dairy.

“You fought valiantly, soldiers. May your bodies one day interrupt an important infrastructure project.”
– ancient burial

don’t worry about hipster zombies, they won’t eat anyone you know

[me, attempting to communicate with the dead] “hey u up lol”
[ouija board spells out “READ AT 11:57 PM”]

Sex with me is like tossing a hotdog down a hallway. It’s a lot more fun than you expected.

the only real downside of being a virgin is that u can literally be used as a blood sacrifice at any given moment

You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice

Tarantulas make great pets because when they die, rather than grieving you’ll feel an almost overwhelming sense of relief

We are gathered here today because SOMEBODY *glares at coffin* couldn’t stay alive.

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Trivia Tuesday

June 7th, 2016 by Cobwebs

  1. Siouxsie and the Banshees’ cover of “Dear Prudence” became a top five hit for the band. What band originally recorded the song?
  2. Today Transylvania is a part of Romania. However, when Dracula was published in 1897, the region belonged to which country?
    A) Turkey
    B) Poland
    C) Albania
    D) Hungary
    E) Serbia
  3. In Harry Potter, what was Tonks’ first name?
  4. Clive Barker’s dark fantasy novel Weaveworld involves the magical race The Seerkind attempting to avoid the attentions of a destructive force called what?
    A) It
    B) Shadowman
    C) The Scourge
    D) Bane
    E) The Darkness
  5. The Orcs in Lord of the Rings couldn’t withstand sunlight, but Sauron and Saruman bred a stronger race which could. What were these warriors called?
  6. Stephen King’s collection of short stories Night Shift included both a prequel and a sequel to his novel ‘Salem’s Lot. The prequel was “Jerusalem’s Lot.” What was the sequel titled?
    A) “One for the Road”
    B) “Nightflyers”
    C) “Graveyard Shift”
    D) “I Know What You Need”
    E) “Sometimes They Come Back”
  7. This DC Comics superhero is the ghost of Boston Brand, a former circus acrobat who was allowed to return from the dead to avenge his own murder.
  8. The religion of Santería emerged in the Caribbean but has its roots in the mythology of which West African people?
    A) Hutu
    B) Yoruba
    C) Zulu
    D) Berber
    E) Amhara
  9. Frankenstein begins and ends with letters from an explorer named Captain Robert Walton describing his encounters with Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Where does he encounter them?
  10. Charles Dickens’ The Uncommercial Traveller includes “nurse’s stories” recounted to him by his nanny. One of them was a retelling of the legend of Bluebeard, featuring a villain called whom?
    A) Chips
    B) Old Grim
    C) Mr. Feeder
    D) Doctor Death
    E) Captain Murderer

(Answers below the fold)

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The Most Adorable Filth You’ll See All Day

June 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dust Buddies is a story about the friendship between two dust bunnies, Fuzz and Lint, who live peacefully under a couch. When an evil maid comes to clean the house and sucks Fuzz into her vacuum, Lint must overcome his fears and set out to rescue his friend.

(via The Presurfer)

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Rebel Without a Link Dump

June 3rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

High Noon Creations – Etsy shop featuring awesome headwear and accessories. I like the Bird Skull Mask, but I think my favorite is the Snail Shell Helmet.

Monster Body Art – Lara Wirth is a 16-year-old who enjoys turning herself into monsters. Her makeup effects are amazing. (Hat tip to pdq)

Easy Glass Eyeballs – Tutorial for making faux glass eyes. Useful for jewelry, art, or simply creeping people out.

Thingu – This Pingu version of The Thing is oddly compelling.

Skull Doorknobs – These are gorgeous. (via Spooky Moon)

Young Frankenstein Hoopla – Portrait embroidery. It’s all straight stitches, but the effect is wonderful.

If the Ancients Had Buzzfeed – Accurate.

Skelemental – All kinds of gorgeous metal skeletons. Look at this amazing coffee table.

Famous Last Meals – A modest collection of the last meals of criminals who received the death penalty. (via Jes)

The Costume Mercenary – Blog devoted to “photographs, sketches and concept art of pseudo-historical, fantasy, steampunk and scifi costume.” Gorgeous stuff.

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