This is my favorite time of year and with Halloween just around the corner why not kick the season off with a short tutorial on how to create a Thing in a Jar! What’s Thing in a Jar you ask? Well, Halloween is special in our home for many reasons but how much better would it be if you can create your very own thing to gross out your friends and family. Maybe you can give it out as a gift or leave it on your doorstep to creep out those trick-or-treating. Let’s get started!
STEP 1: Gather the supplies you will need in order to create your thing. You will need a mason jar of some kind, Sculpy, acrylic paint, brushes, rubber cement, and some paper towels. Oh, and Red Bull or your energy drink of choice.
STEP 2: Begin blocking out the shape of your thing. The sculpy takes time to warm up and become easily workable so try different directions until you find what you want. Make sure not to make it too large or you won’t be able to place it inside of the mason jar later on.
STEP 3: Don’t be afraid to go through a few iterations. The images above for example. Do your best to keep your thing proportional as this one originally had a much larger head that weighed too much and ended up breaking off. It will be inside a mason jar filled with dark liquid too so don’t spend too much time on detail being a lot will be hidden.
STEP 4: Once you have finish sculpting your thing, it’s time to bake it inside the oven. The instructions are on the box and the time will take to bake depends on the size of your model.
STEP 5: Once it has baked and has cooled down it is time to paint! It might take a couple passes to get a decent base on your model but once it’s ready follow up with some shadows and highlights. Again, you don’t need to go to crazy because it will be inside the jar with dark liquid. However, it will really help it’s appearance.
STEP 6: Once you have painted your model it is time for the rubber cement! This is my favorite part! Add as much or as little rubber cement to your thing as your want. Once the rubber cement dries, rub it off on different parts of your model to give the appearance of flaky peeling skin. This really helps sell the gross when it’s inside the jar.
STEP 7: Once you are satisfied with the rubber cement it’s time to fill the mason jar. Dilute some Coke, Pepsi, or your favorite cola beverage of choice. I like to use half and half, filling the mason jar with half cola and the other half water. This will provide the right amount of murk. The image above could even be darker. It may vary depending on your model but play around with it until the color is just right enough to see your thing but not really be able to identify what it is.
That’s it! You made your very own Thing in a Jar!
The foulest stench is in the air – The funk of forty thousand years – And grizzly ghouls from every tomb – Are closing in to seal your doom – And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver – For no mere mortal can resist – The evil of the thriller.