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    Here's a quick step-by-step on how to make a gargoyle out of plastic bottles , a couple of pieces of pvc pipe and paper.

    First step is bending the PVC pipes into an armature shape , with two T-connectors for the wings.( second pic )

    Second step is to tape plastic bottles to the pvc to form the body and legs.





    Third step is papier mache-ing the whole gargoyle.







    Step 4 is to make the wings out of pvc ( sorry no pics )
    and mache those too.





    Step 5 is to make a papier mache mix and add some fiber insulation to it to make it look like stone. ( See next pic )
    You can get this insulation at any home improvement store.


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    Then slap the mixture onto the gargoyle .
    Last step is to paint the whole thing.










    this is how it looks on top of one of my posts....


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    Recycle, reuse.....make an awesome Gargoyle! Great job, Clad.

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    now that's impressive !
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    Sweet! Love the whole, leaning-to-the-side look, almost like it was alive at one point, and then frozen in mid movement.
    Lets see....Magic, miniature horses, penguins, lacrosse, volleyball, and Halloween
    .......what, you seem suprised?

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    Love it! great design and technique

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    HOLY SH**!!! There are some AMAZINGLY innovative and talented people on the HF!! Kudos to you Clad!! As I'm looking at your numerous steps and anticipating the final view, I was expecting to see this one sitting next to 12 others. I can't believe this was your first shot at it. In addition to the great prop, two more good things about it is that it's light weight, and I'm assuming that the wings come off for storage.

    One question, is the base affixed to the column? I'm just curious how it would stand up to medium winds.

    Again, GREAT JOB!!
    Just lurking and learning from some very talented people for a possible first year yard haunt.

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    Thanks all !

    Zombieman , yep , those wings come off for easy storage.
    The base of this prop is just a piece of MDF ( since I had that laying around ) and that was screwed to the post outside.
    We have Santa Ana winds from around October till May . We get up to 90mph gusts sometimes. On halloween day last year , it was windy ( maybe around 40mph gusts ) and the gargoyle didn't go anywhere. So , I think it's pretty sturdy.
    That's also the reason I have a piece of fence connected in between my two posts. Otherwise the posts would be gone with the wind.

    Another thing is that I built in a hose so you can use him as a water spitter also. The guy who did the cement rock work for my pool , now owns this gargoyle . He is going to put a layer of cement over it and have it up on his roof , just like a real statue.

    Like I said in my Anubis thread , I rarely keep my props . I get rid of most of 'em since I need the space for new props every year.
    That's why I build stuff that is free of very low cost.
    Most of my props cost around $10 or under.
    Like Skulkin was saying .... Recycle , reuse !

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    Love the texture you got from that cellulose mache'!! Any idea how weatherproof she is yet?
    Croggy
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