Friday, October 21, 2011

Mad Scientist Specimen Jars



The bookcase in the living room is where the mad scientist keeps all of his specimens and chemicals.  It still needs a little work but it is coming along.  I hung one of my creepy canvas prints above the bookcase and placed the worm hole generator beneath it...



On the top shelf is a science book from an antique store, skull from Walgreens, and various bottles (the rounded one is from Michaels, the tall one from JoAnn's and the little ones are from a surplus store).  I tried using glow stick fluid in the bottles diluted with water like I saw over at Crafty Mommy and Me.  It only works with a black light though so I guess I will need to pick up a few that I can mount underneath each shelf.  If you are going to use glow stick fluid in your bottles, make sure you are wearing paint clothes because it will stain.



The second shelf has some beakers, bottles and petri dishes from the surplus store.  I tried just putting the entire glow stick in the beakers but the effect isn't that great.  We will probably also build a test tube rack to hold some of the test tubes leftover from the vampire killing kit.



The bottom shelf holds the specimen jars including a brain that I made.  Using the jello mold from last year, I lined it with plastic wrap and filled it up with spray insulation foam like the bubbling cauldron.  Once it was dry, I pulled it out of the mold and cut it down to a size that would fit in my jar.



Using model magic, I rolled it into a snake and then just wrapped it all around my mold.  I should have had a line down the middle so that the brain is separated into two halves but I wasn't paying enough attention to what I was doing I guess.  Then I let it dry overnight.



I painted in the grooves with dark red acrylic paint.  Then I added labels to all of the specimen jars using the names and locations of the guys who work for my husband.  :)  

7 comments:

wicKED said...

Very nice. Look out Martha Stewart!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I love that brain!!!! Too stinkin' cool. And have you linked this up to this week's BFF Open House yet hmmm? Well have you???

Leah said...

I love your specimen jars! Cute that you used real people's names for the brains and things....

Plush Possum Studio said...

Oh, this must have taken a great deal of forethought to put together!! It's too fun for words!
Grat job!
Rose

pensive said...

Do the guys know? LOL

Kathy said...

I am lovin your blog. How creative I just love your bookshelf. Thanks for sharing. Drop by my site for more halloween. Kathy

Rhissanna said...

I didn't know about glow stick fluid! (This is why I love blogging. Learning new stuff!) And yes, a brain in a jar is absolutely essential! Thank you for sharing.