Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Shining Trapezohedron

Mystic Prism returns to our pages with their latest take on Lovecraft's Shining Trapezohedron.  It's made from molten glass and lead crystal cast in a one-use mold and then shaped and polished by hand.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Dethskulpt Edition.

This anthropomorphic Cthulhu idol comes to us from Dethskulpt.  I like how the flow and form of the figure changes so radically depending on what angle you're viewing it from.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Healer

This wonderfully alien idol comes to us from Barbelith2000AD.  It's the kind of thing I expect you'd find in a little roadside temple on the Plain of Leng.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Sorcerer's Grimoire

Mille Cuirs brings us this sorcererous tome.  While this piece is made from hand tooled leather the look could easily be duplicated with poster board.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hellraiser Glyphs

I've been fiddling around with some of my old Hellraiser designs and came across these glyphs.  They make nice fillers when you need some kind of magical symbol. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vintage Burglar's Tools

Cornell University has digitized a huge number of journals and magazines from the late 1800s. One of the more interesting articles to be found in the collection is this look at professional burglary tools from the May, 1874 issue of "Manufacturer and Builder".  It's a fascinating look at just how technically proficient a skilled thief could be.

From a propmaking perspective at least a few of these tools should be included in any vintage vampire hunting kit.  The genre-defining kit carried by Van Helsing was filled with this kind of stuff.

"Then he fumbled in his bag, and taking out a matchbox and a piece of candle, proceeded to make a light."
"Another search in his bag, and he took out a turnscrew."
"He only said, "You shall see,"and again fumbling in his bag took out a tiny fret saw. Striking the turnscrew through the lead with a swift downward stab, which made me wince, he made a small hole, which was, however, big enough to admit the point of the saw."
 "First he took out a soldering iron and some plumbing solder, and then small oil lamp, which gave out, when lit in a corner of the tomb, gas which burned at a fierce heat with a blue flame, then his operating knives, which he placed to hand, and last a round wooden stake, some two and a half or three inches thick and about three feet long. One end of it was hardened by charring in the fire, and was sharpened to a fine point. With this stake came a heavy hammer, such as in households is used in the coal cellar for breaking the lumps."

Part of Stoker's genius is that he realized the hammer and stakes were just one small part of what a vampire hunter would need.  Getting access to the monster, by breaking into a crypt and then a sealed coffin, required careful planning and the appropriate tools.

Friday, July 22, 2016