My Necronomicon




Introduction: My Necronomicon

I'd like to thank onespartan for his ible on making the Necronomicon: Book Of the Dead I was looking for halloween Ideas and it totally caught my attention. This will not be a step by step instruction as he already did a top notch job. I'm just going to go over what I did differently.

Materials I used.
Brown Paper bag
Old Book to use as base (in this case a 4th edition AD&D Monsters Compendium that was falling apart)
Sharp knife
Old Phone book
Elmers white glue
Mod Podge
Brushes large small and a sponge brush.
Paper towles
Paint I used Brown Hi gloss acrylic latex enamel and midnight blue latex eggshell stamp paint. (all I had)
mixing bowls
My drivers license

$2.99 for a small bottle of Mod Podge. If I was to do it again I would get a much bigger one. as I substituted watered down elmers for the paper pulp.

Step 1: Step 1

I had a really beaten up 4th edition AD&D Monsters Manual that needed some work. The front and back covers were almost detached from the spine. So I used some duct tape to reattach them, both inside and out. I thought the Monster manual would be a really great body to form the Necronomicon onto.

Step 2: Step 2: Book Cover and Plenty of Duct Tape

Using the Brown paper bag I made a standard book cover. I glued seams rather than tape.

I did insert some card stock between the front book cover and the brown paper bag cover so I wouldn't damage the book with any moisture.

Then I formed the face with plenty of duct tape

Step 3: Step 3: Paper Mache and Blenders.

I tried a few different paper products till I realized that phone book pages worked GREAT. I coated everything with it. Inside the covers, back, spine, and of course many,many, layers over the face.

I wanted a little more detail in the eyes, nose, and mouth area so I blended up some of the phone book, and left over paper bag in the blender. (WOW let the wife know before you do that.) The paper was too lite to be cut as small as I liked so I just added water until I got what I wanted. I squeezed out the excess water and using small amounts of the paper pulp and some Elmers glue, I added the eye lids, firmed up the nose, sharpened the lips, and created the texture inside the mouth. I then added a few strips of paper mache over the lips to sharpen the edge even more.

If I had to do it again I would probably coat the whole face with the pulp and glue so as to create a similar texture to the movie prop.

Step 4: Step 4: Mod Podge and Paint

I added 3 layers of mod podge after all the paper mache was done on the face. The back cover and insides only needed 1 layer.
Then I used brown hi gloss (big mistake) acrylic latex enamel paint to cover the whole thing. This took a few days as I painted most of the inside of the covers, edges, back, and front with three coats of brown.
Then using the brown and some midnight blue i made a watered down wash to paint on and wipe off with some paper towels. This of course left plenty of paint in the low areas. I did use a sponge brush to dry paint some of the high areas. All and all I think it turned out pretty good.

Again, thanks to onespartan for the inspiration for this.

A few notes and tips:
Old phone book pages make great paper mache. As the glue/mod podge soaks in quickly and is easily formed to most contours.

Toilet paper does not.

High gloss paint was not a good choice for this application.

I know I wrote paper mache a lot in this and the most common form uses a flour and water mixture. I did not use flour and water to deter mold.

OH and Tom I would never sell this.

Army of Darkness ROCKS.

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    6 years ago

    Could you make a Bombinomicon?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Probably bot not really interested in doing so. Probably doable with some Foamies and some modeling foam type medium. I'd layer up the foam. Rubber cementing the layers on. Then using something like floam or that mold-able lightweight modeling medium crayola has out that air dries to blend the edges. I probably wouldn't use a real book for this but maybe one of the hollow books you can get from craft stores. (like Michale's) Or if you can get your hands on one try a cigar box.


    11 years ago on Step 2

    it looks cool try to make the book of the dead from the evil dead 3


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Probably will not make another one. I think this one turned out pretty fine for what it is. I'd actually have to go out and by stuff to get a film accurate version.

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    Evil Necronomicon

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have made the book of the dead from the evil dead i used blue tack to make the face and reinforced tape to make the book i made evey single page from the evil dead book of the dead hand drawn, I think the best evil dead book is from the evil dead evil dead 2 book its not that good to compair withl the evil dead i dont like the book from evil dead 3. Raolin try to make the book of dead from the evil dead it`s easy to make, Raoiln thats your first book make more of them then you will get better at making them like i have sorry i cant show you my book of the dead because my cam is broken if my cam was not broken i would of shown you my book of the dead pic and you will like it trust me it looks like from the evil dead. Allso your book is cool i like the face you made on the cover its cool man keep it up the good work.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    this is great!
    im gonna make one tomorrow!
    and my hard drive is kinda plain and the right sizr of the one in the first movie
    could you thin of a way to make a removable cover?
    possibly one that you could slip on and off?
    haha i think i just gave my self an idea...
    wow no more energy drinks for me
    good night!!