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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wicked Child Altered Tin: Captain Spaulding

I'm hosting another "wicked" swap over on Craftster with my good buddy cackle. The theme this round is "Wicked Children", and the task was to choose a wicked person off your partner's list and depict them as a child. My partner had as her number one choice Captain Spaulding. I had never heard of the esteemed Captain Spalding, but a Google search indicated he is a fictional character from a Rob Zombie movie. Best of all, he is a vicious, serial killing, evil clown. Right up my alley!
The back story on this character was that he grew up in a foster home and loved the circus, especially circus freaks. I decided to depict him in his room, with circus posters on the wall. He's wearing pajamas which are exactly like the costume he wears as an adult killer clown. I painted the pj's onto cardstock and glued them on top of a photo of a boy I found online. In his right hand is a knife he stole from the kitchen, and in his left hand he's holding the string to a toy elephant. That little psychopath has fashioned a noose and hung a rubber chicken!

I thought I was done when I took that photo, but later went back and added his name, Johnny, to the bottom of the tin with alphabet beads. Here's a closeup of the inside of the tin with the name added:

The clown on top is a vintage cupcake pick that I repainted to match Captain Spaulding's makeup. The feet are made from paper clay, and are painted to match his clown outfit. 

Here's one of the photos I used for reference, framed on the back of the tin.
I'm sure you'll agree that he is one creepy clown! I had the best time making this tin. The sendout date for the swap is August 28th, and I can't wait to see what everyone else makes to feature the creepy child they choose to depict. If you want to check it out later, the gallery for this swap can be found here.


  1. OMG! This is the freakiest & coolest clown I have ever seen! That cupcake pick for the head is craZy cool, I adore the way you created the feet, and the chicken hanging from the noose is hilarious! Grand execution, truly a piece of art!

  2. Ha ha, thanks! I'm sure there are many clown-o-phobes who would disagree. :D

  3. Ohhhh, creepy. I do like the added touch of the name at the bottom! Perfectly executed!

  4. He's beyond creepy and very, very frightening. I really don't like clowns.

    However, your tin is very well done, despite the subject matter!

    I thought "Captain Spaulding" was from a Marx Brothers movie. There's a song about him.

  5. I love this stuff, thank you for the tutorials.


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