Posted 12 months ago
Vampire Slaying Kit
Not only do I collect art but I also create art.
This is my version of a Victorian vampire kit.
The bottles, handcuffs and bible are antique 1800s. The corks on the bottles I shaped and cut down from Champagne corks.
All the wood has been treated with shou sugi ban(Yakisugi) technique. The head of the hammer is encased in metal with brass screws ground down to simulate rivets. Included crude carvings to replicate an antique look.
The glass is treated with a mirror paint and vinegar solution to create a faux mercury glass effect.
I was having trouble deciding how to lay out the fabric. I had several different options in my head so I consulted my friend. My friend Terry is a retired award-winning hot rod interior guy. He helped me decide and finish the crushed red velvet interior.
Poison bottle - PD & CO. 295 - Park Davis - square brown
Hydrozone - Prepared by Chas Marchand New York USA - large brown
Bromo Seltzer - Emerson Drug Co. Baltimore MD - small blue
Yakisugi is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation. Yaki means to heat with fire, and sugi is cypress. It is also referred to in the West as burnt timber cladding and also known as Shou Sugi Ban.
By slightly charring the surface of the wood without combusting the whole piece, the wood becomes water-proof through the carbonisation and is thus more durable. It also protects against insects, as well as making it fire retardant.
VAMPIRE SLAYING KITS
A widely accepted theory is that vampire slaying kits were novelty items for tourists visiting Transylvania after the publishing of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA in 1897. Sales of these items, as well as vampire tourism to the region, also increased after the releases of the 1922 film NOSFERATU and the 1931 Universal adaptation of DRACULA.