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    Default prop tree/spooky tree

    has anyone made a prop tree?

    ive made one out of paper mache and chicken-wire. I was wondering, how should i make the bark? any suggestions?[?]

    sincerly Phantom.

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    On some of my props I have used foam insulation(PLEASE be careful-wear old clothes and use latex gloves)and once applied I would "mold" the foam before it hardened.Maybe some type of stuco.I also heard that Monster Mud wasn't too bad.

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    Hey Phantom have you tried this link for the spooky tree? http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Port...oktreehow.html It's from the monster list of Halloween links at http://markbutler.8m.com/monsterlist.htm hope this helps

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    Hey Phantom have you tried this link for the spooky tree? http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Port...oktreehow.html It's from the monster list of Halloween links at http://markbutler.8m.com/monsterlist.htm hope this helps

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    I hope to make one some time. Right now I plan to use monster mud. Haven't worked with it yet, just bought everything at Home Depot last night so I can play with it. Terror Syndicate is very inspirational.

    http://www.terrorsyndicate.com/Terro...ate_Props.html

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    Yea the Terror Syndicate has some great props. As far as the monster mud goes, if you use muslin or something similar you can dip or brush the fabric then fold it or pleat it lengthwise to make bark. It should turn out great and be waterproof too.

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    I love the plywood-chicken wire-MM plan. I made a spooky tree prop last year and just used chicken wire attached to a wooden base, with a wooden frame. Covered it with paper mache'(using a joint compound mixture). Look cool for Halloween night(pic's in my photo album)....but the replay on it SUCK'S! It's in a little heap in a small corner of my patio....TOTALLY messed up! It just went all to pieces. And for all the footin' trouble we went through to make it.....well, I'll be making a much better model next time----Don't 'cha just LOVE trial-an-error? lol

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    I had to make a correction to the monster mud post I made. It is not waterproof you'll need to seal it.

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    Sorry to hear about your tree Wicked. It was a cool prop.

    OK I know it's a lot of work and would take quite a bit more time but wouldn't paper mache be lighter and easier to store? If your talking a large prop that may have to be built in sections then pieced together the lighter each piece is the easier to support. The only difference in construction is using duct tape to cover your wire armature before you add the mache. For the bark you could use the snot rag technique.




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    Well Putrid if you do the monster mud you'll just be using one layer of material, if you do the paper mache you'll have to do several layer's of mache and you'll be making bark also so there might not be any weight saving's to speak of.

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