Saturday, September 13, 2008

Collecting the Props

Well, I couldn't find anything for the Mad Scientist's Laboratory at the flea market last Saturday (except a bag full of books on tape which I will listen to when I sew), but a trip to Goodwill was pretty productive.

First, these are the jars and containers I found for the laboratory specimens.
I like this one, not only because it has a lid, but for the writing on it:

It's hard to tell, but this is the size of a fishbowl:

Maybe it was a fishbowl.

This is a candleholder and frame I found at a yard sale earlier in the summer and have left it out to rust. I had thought to use it as a large test tube holder.

Then, at Goodwill, I found the perfect container to sit in the candleholder part itself:

Don't you just love this carafe-type thingie? I think a small can of sterno will fit underneath it, so I can fill it with colored liquid and maybe it'll steam.

I bought this tall jar earlier in the summer for spaghetti noodles, but then found the smaller one at Goodwill. AND, look what I found at an Etsy shop--a disembodied tongue in a very tiny replica of the larger jars:

I thought this candleholder looked a bit mysterious, too.

Here are some books for the mad scientist's bookshelf:

Some of them need to be aged a bit, but one of the books is yielding some great pictures so far:

Most of the items will be donated back to some thrift store afterwards, so I think I might photocopy the pictures so as not to ruin the books. Then I can dusty them up, maybe sear the edges and put them in old frames. Or assemble them into a "journal" of sorts.

I scored a ripped, unusable hospital gown from work, and found a lab coat at Goodwill today, but it wasn't in poor enough condition--so I'm going to have to rip and stain it. Maybe I should save it for one of those frustrating times when a little wanton destruction can be productive as well as rewarding.

I'm starting to get excited...


audreypawdrey said...

It is looking spooky! That tongue is so absolutely disgusting that it made my stomach curl up and I thought I might throw up; therefore, it is perfect! Awesome find.

Pat said...

Great finding!

'spill' a little acid on your coat to get holes in it! I've done that actually in the lab when I used to work...try vineager (acetic acid)

HarryJack's Mom said...

Awesome job! We are a few years away from all the gore, so I'm living vicariously thru you ;) I found some really excellent party food things last year, and I bet your edibles will be just as cool as your decor - I'm excited to see your progress!

MightyMom said...

you're such a goofball!

loving it.

hmmm, what other ideas can I percolate??

that candle holder looked like a bunsen burner to me....just needs a light under it....but then you've got that going for the next pic........whatelse??

I think you should strategically burn the edges of some of those "books"

Anonymous said...

Oh, you are goooood!

You could phototcopy my Roen/Yakochi anatomy book. It has pictures of REAL human cadavers.


I can't wait to see how everything turns out.

Anonymous said...

cauliflower makes good brain...

Sue R said...

The tongue is especially gross--perfect! It'll all be great.