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    Default Treasure Chest ideas?

    I need to create a pirate theme for a project I am working on. I thought a treasure chest would be a great addition to it.

    I have been debating on what I should make it out of, and also what it should look like. It has to be transported with A LOT of other props, so the lighter the better in all honesty.

    I could do ply wood, styrofoam, card board and thats all I have come up with so far.

    Then I have been debating on what it should look like. The classic treasure chest you would see as a kid, or the new age chest from Pirates of the Caribbean with the heart in it.. pic of PoTC chest: http://tinyurl.com/trchest
    I have limited tools, virtually none. Just been thinking off and on about it for the past few days. I have a few different cardboard boxes I can try. I guess I would paper mach them?

    Just looking for some advice on the whole thing!

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    Probably too heavy for what you want, but I created this one a several years ago. Made of wood, plus metal handles, hinges, and lock (stained cloth wrapped around handles), and furniture tacks.

    Weighs over 10lbs if I had to guess, but it's sturdy as heck, is a nice fixture in my haunt (usually holding the candy; with lights inside, under the candy)







    Note: These pictures are right after I finished the brunt of the painting - I've since touched up several areas. At some point when I stop putting off Halloween haunts, I'll line the inside with cloth and add chain to the lid so it doesn't fall all the way back when opened.
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    Not sure how big you need, but places like Hobby Lobby and Michael's usually have unfinished wooden chests.

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    That is a great looking chest you have there. Lol chest. -.-

    Anyway, yeah I think it is too heavy for what I am looking for. I am going to try cardboard first and see where that will take me. If not, I will look into the price and what not of Michael's or whoever else might have unfinished ones, but I am on a budget.

    How large of a chest should I make? It will either hold fake gold and what not in it, or a heart, and the prop will not be touched so I dont have to worry about people trying to wreck it.


    I am still looking for options and ideas so keep them coming!

    Edit: I have started off making the cardboard chest. I was thinking about using model clay, like crayola model magic or whatever its called. Does anyone have any experience with it? I have no experience with clay and props but am willing to try. How expensive is it?

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    Default Pirate treasure chest solution

    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    I need to create a pirate theme for a project I am working on. I thought a treasure chest would be a great addition to it.
    You are correct - a treasure chest would be a great addition to your "pirate" theme. What about a talking pirate chest? What do you think? It would be kind of like the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter - except instead of a lame hat it would be an awesome treasure chest. It could talk to the children who arrive at your house for candy and then sort them into their respective Pirate Krewz. Instead of Gryffindor the pirate version would be JackSparrowdor or some such. And Hufflepuff would become HuffleBlackPearl. And Slytherin would be Swordplayerin of course. And Ravenclaw would by necessity become ParrotClaw - or even ParrotBeak if you want it to be more original.
    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    I have been debating on what I should make it out of, and also what it should look like. It has to be transported with A LOT of other props, so the lighter the better in all honesty.
    Thanks for being honest. This is the time to be honest, after all. We are all friends here.

    To make it light you could make it out of only half the amount of wood you would normally make something like this out of. And instead of nails - use lightweight glues. So it would be half as heavy - or even less! Of course it wouldn't be as strong. But that's a pretty good start. Are you good at measuring?

    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    I could do ply wood, styrofoam, card board and thats all I have come up with so far.
    You could also make it out of fabric. Have you considered making it out of felt like the Jim Henson cinnamon puppets are made of. And under the felt there resides soft foam like seat cushions are made out of. That way it would be easier for your treasure chest to talk and sort the children into their Krewz.

    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    Then I have been debating on what it should look like. The classic treasure chest you would see as a kid, or the new age chest from Pirates of the Caribbean with the heart in it..
    No, no, no. You don't want to do a direct homage (i.e.: rip-off) of the Pirates of the Carribean's famous supernatural chest. Try something more original ok? Instead of it having the heart in it, the chest could have an elongated crystal alien skull or some such. It would be kind of like 'Cowboys and Aliens' except it's Pirates and Aliens - much more original and fresh.
    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    I have limited tools, virtually none. Just been thinking off and on about it for the past few days. I have a few different cardboard boxes I can try. I guess I would paper mach them?
    It's not the tools that you have that are important! It's your passion and creativity that matter. Jesus of Nazaria (perhaps you have heard of him?) was a poor carpenter with few tools but he was still able to build the Ark of the Covenant, wasn't he? And capture all those ghosts inside it. I sometimes think that he was kind of like the very first Ghostbuster if you think of it with your head cocked in a certain way.

    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    Just looking for some advice on the whole thing!
    Don't do papermache. It will look like crap.

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    I do not have the money to make the chest talk, plus it will be in a sealed room, with a viewing window of sorts. It is also for high school students, who would like to be scared, amused and just enjoy the props. I am going to do card board and probably model clay to lessen the amount of money spent on this prop considering I need to make 3 other rooms and other props for the whole rest of the haunted house.

    I might try wood as well, but considering I have no tools, as in a saw, it will be kinda hard to do.

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    There's a recent post on how to do boards of foam:

    http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutori...p-windows.html

    If you don't have the time and money to paint them, get some wood grain shelf paper and put that on some foam sheeting and cut it into boards. Just make some dots with black and dark brown sharpies to make rusty nails or even print a photo of nail heads onto some label paper and punch them out with a hole punch.

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    Default Scary Talking Treasure Chest

    Quote Originally Posted by imindless View Post
    It is also for high school students, who would like to be scared, amused and just enjoy the props.
    Okay, so you're saying a talking treasure chest can't be scary?
    That high school students nowadays are too sophisticated for a talking treasure chest to truly scare them?
    Well, I guess that would depend on what the treasure chest says, wouldn't it?
    The treasure chest could say personal things that only the high school student would know about. Secret things that he hides even from himself.
    And it could twist that knowledge to really disturb the fragile student.
    Like if that kid's dog recently died the treasure chest could say it was the student's fault that the dog died.
    If he has low self-esteem the student probably still feels guilty about it anyway, even though he is not the least bit responsible. Perfect. You've got him hook, line, and sinker.
    And the treasure chest could go on to say that the boy's dog is in a Hell of scabies and fleas but is unable to scratch himself, and that the dog misses the boy horribly, etc.
    And maybe as the treasure chest is talking it could start coughing and spit blood made out of Karo syrup and red food coloring.
    So, you see, a talking treasure chest can be scary after all.
    Good luck with your project. And remember - have fun!

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    I used an old grill. Looks pretty good with no work to it. If I would some time into it, it would look even better.
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    Alright, a little intense. I didn't say it wasn't or couldn't be scary. One of my requirements was to make this project ON A BUDGET. Having it animated or talking in some way bumps up the price point a good amount. Therefor, I am not going to do it. I am only focusing on the chest itself, the build of it. Thanks for the input though.

    Quote Originally Posted by octoberist View Post
    Okay, so you're saying a talking treasure chest can't be scary?
    That high school students nowadays are too sophisticated for a talking treasure chest to truly scare them?
    Well, I guess that would depend on what the treasure chest says, wouldn't it?
    The treasure chest could say personal things that only the high school student would know about. Secret things that he hides even from himself.
    And it could twist that knowledge to really disturb the fragile student.
    Like if that kid's dog recently died the treasure chest could say it was the student's fault that the dog died.
    If he has low self-esteem the student probably still feels guilty about it anyway, even though he is not the least bit responsible. Perfect. You've got him hook, line, and sinker.
    And the treasure chest could go on to say that the boy's dog is in a Hell of scabies and fleas but is unable to scratch himself, and that the dog misses the boy horribly, etc.
    And maybe as the treasure chest is talking it could start coughing and spit blood made out of Karo syrup and red food coloring.
    So, you see, a talking treasure chest can be scary after all.
    Good luck with your project. And remember - have fun!

 

 
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