HH: Sharik Hora


New Homemade Heroes entry, and it is so fucking awesome words fail me. This one from Mia, who is apparently from here in NYC. Check this shit out. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them:

Hi. Attached are photos of my entries — the Sharik Hora, a sand demon and One-Arm.

I never intended to enter for lack of skill and experience. But I found myself thinking of the project. Around Halloween, I hung a 5 skeleton garland outside my apartment door and it struck me I could cannibalize it and make it part of the Sharik Hora.

Re the Sharik Hora: a task that got away from me and grew beyond what I intended. The dome-like top was part of a puzzle I embellished with tiny skulls. The dome sits on remnants of a cut-out puzzle that looks like the outline of bones so I thought it’d create the effect of letting in natural sunlight. There are 6 pillars — 2 fully warded pillars and 4 skull-adorned pillars made out of molding trim.  The pews were made from pegs, wood pieces, and my cannibalized skeleton garland. The altar has a replica of the chalice with a skull sitting on a forearm, standing on a foot.  The ceiling view from the inside consists of larger skulls and hand bones with my little skull chandelier hanging in the middle.  The outer ring of the floor is warded, of course, and is intended to have a glowing effect.  I randomly sponged white paint on it for a weather-beaten, desert look.

Re the sand demon:  Was a pteranodon — removed wings, remolded and reattached arms, made ragged teeth from toothpick ends, painted, glued all over then rolled in sand.  I wanted it to be able to stand on its hind legs as well as move on all fours for speed.

Re One-Arm: More comical than I intended. I planned to make it purely out of rocks like cairns, but it was extremely heavy and unbalanced. So I molded the parts from air-dry clay and stuck a few actual rock pieces. The feet/talons are formed over chopped up Mr. Potato Head feet and the one arm is also from Mr. Potato Head because I wanted to be able to move the arm.  I sponged black nail polish all over for a granite rock effect. Supposed to look imposing and strong but not graceful.  Well, it’s certainly not graceful.

Thanks to this project, I now own a soldering iron, miter saw, several types of glue, air dry clay, knives of various sizes, skeleton parts, puzzle remnants, among other things. I’ve also glued together my fingers several times. Tried gloves but couldn’t work with them. I also still have a Prince of Persia figure that I wanted to make into an Arlen but everything became a bigger project than I intended. Thank goodness for insomnia.

You’re very welcome to these creations, if they’re to your liking. I live in NYC too and would be more than willing to bring them to you as I don’t think they’d survive shipping. Honestly, I only entered for a shot at the Great Bazaar which I couldn’t find despite all efforts (including emailing international bookstores). I know there are copies on ebay, etc. but I oppose the idea of overcharging for books unless it’s for a cause.  But, win or lose, I surprisingly had a lot of fun doing it.


Unbelievable. My jaw literally hit the floor. My first guess was that  One Arm’s… er, one arm, was made from a Mickey Mouse arm. Awesome.

Still more than two full days to submit an entry! I will accept them up until 12:01 am this Friday. I will be adding some awesome runner up prizes (Including at least one Great Bazaar) to the list soon. They are well-earned, with all the amazing things people have put together.

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm by PeatB
Filed under Contests, Craft, Desert Spear, Fan Art, Fans, Homemade Heroes, Warded Art

13 responses to “HH: Sharik Hora”

  1. OMFG about covers it.

    Posted by Myke, on November 23rd, 2010 at 7:03 pm
  2. Holy …. this is beyond amazing!

    Awesome job, Mia, truly awesome job!

    Posted by Kathrin, on November 23rd, 2010 at 8:45 pm
  3. WOW !!!! The Sharik Hora is AWESOME

    Posted by Jess, on November 24th, 2010 at 12:14 am
  4. MAN! That must’ve taken you forever! Wicked!

    Posted by Elicius, on November 24th, 2010 at 2:05 am
  5. “I never intended to enter for lack of skill and experience.”

    Dear Mia, of course I have no clue about the experience thing, but I cannot detect “lack of skill”. Amazing Sharik Hora!!! O.o

    Posted by Elisa, on November 24th, 2010 at 6:01 am
  6. Wow. That is amazing.

    Posted by Erzberger, on November 24th, 2010 at 9:42 am
  7. Wow Mia that is one nice piece of artwork! If I would have known that we could make architecture and things from scratch I would have totally entered and gave you some stiff competition! I was under the impression that we had to make an action figure and I’m just not that great with modifying toys or making humanoid things 🙁

    Posted by Chris, on November 24th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Posted by Emily, on November 24th, 2010 at 5:55 pm
  9. Thanks for all the kind words. A much better reception than I hoped for. Believe me, I got lucky with materials and surprised myself. Chris: I suck at action figures too so Peat’s Barbie dream house example gave me the idea for an action figure “accessory”, like the Millennium Falcon. Happy thanksgiving everyone.

    Posted by mia, on November 24th, 2010 at 11:45 pm
  10. I love the Sharik Hora, it’s fantastic. I bet you had a lot of fun with this 🙂 Nice work
    X Liz

    Posted by Liz, on November 28th, 2010 at 5:59 am
  11. Mia, your Sharik Hora makes me cringe every time I see it. The idea of it always creeped me out when reading Brett’s descriptions, but seeing that idea come to life almost terrifies me. It’s THAT good. If that makes sense.

    Posted by Margherita, on December 1st, 2010 at 8:16 pm
  12. Positively INCREDIBLY awesome! Words fail…

    Posted by Dora, on December 6th, 2010 at 11:20 pm
  13. Mia – simply awesome. Congratulations. Your imagination and skilll is amazing! We need to celebrate.

    Posted by Tita Linda, on December 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm