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    Today, 06:43 PM
    Hey, J-Man, I love how well your project is turning out, but I have a question for you. Are you using some kind of controller the way Paul did in his video? I really like the prop, but our budget can't handle a pico controller. I really don't care much if the motions are repetitive because for the most part the only ones who see that are the ones who made the prop. Kids are just "WOW"... on to the next thing. I'm just wondering if the tombstone can be a prop we can turn on and walk away from...
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    04-17-2019, 01:49 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    Long answer is definitely more fun. :) Thanks for the posts.
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    04-17-2019, 01:42 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    When I Google stuff, I never expect to see exactly what I want. Before I make a dinner, I will have looked at multiple recipes and mingle them into what I have on hand and what sounds good. Halloween props are exactly the same. We start out with an idea of what we want to do, and then we use other's postings and advice to cobble together what we're going to do. Google is just a gateway drug showing you what is out there. The real buzz comes from making it yourself using all the ingredients you...
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    04-17-2019, 01:37 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    For those of us who live vicariously through these postings, telling us in detail what you hope to do is one of the joys of visiting the site. Those who don't want to read can always look at the pretty pictures and move on, but really the idea that you have that many people helping out at your haunt amazes us, and we're thrilled to read about it. Also, the rattling bridge is something we hope to do one day, so it's nice to see it still lives on in other's haunts. :)
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    04-17-2019, 01:28 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    https://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/199845-my-3-week-funeral-hearse-build.html , https://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/151546-horse-drawn-hearse-2016-jd.html , and https://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/146761-halloween-hearse-infinity-illusion.html are three of my favorite postings here on-site about hearse building. There are more if you just type "hearse" into Halloween Forum's search engine. If you really just want to kill a whole evening type "Halloween hearse...
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    04-17-2019, 12:41 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    That sounds amazing. I am in awe of folks who can use the word "crew" to explain those who help pull off their haunt. I'm hoping that this thread will encourage some of our fellow haunters to post pictures of their work as it progresses. Either here or in a separate post, it doesn't matter, but there is so much amazing stuff being created out there, it seems a shame that we don't get to see it. For us, living on the end of a single lane, dead end road, we actually post here just to get the...
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    04-16-2019, 05:15 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    We're no experts on making large paper mache critters, but there are sure a bundle of them out on the net we respect as we prepare to make our first large scaled paper mache prop. And surprisingly, most of them don't use wire forms to hold everything in place. They start off with a framework like what you have and then add the detailing by wadding up paper and mashing it into shape with patience and tons of masking tape. http://www.jennevieve.com/large-papier-mache-dog-tutorial.html shows how a...
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    04-16-2019, 01:14 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: potion bottle help in Halloween Props
    I agree with everyone else. The most important thing you can do is get rid of the white plastic top. Covering it up using any of the suggestions will give you a 100% improvement over what you currently have. It's the nature of crafting and art in general that as we make more of anything, we get better at doing it. We're all going to look back on what we started with and think one day, "I could do that so much better now." The fun really comes in deciding if we're going to spruce up what we have...
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    04-16-2019, 01:03 AM
    If you choose to paint the bird, try using acrylic fabric paints or even fabric dyes if you have an air brush. They're made to absorb into fabric instead of giving it an unworkable coat that latex paints will. It might help to Google "using fabric paints on fake fur." Cosplayers and Furries do a lot of work coloring their fake fur costumes, and like folks here, they're really happy to show how they do things. I'd watch a few videos and read a few articles before diving right in. And maybe pick...
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    04-15-2019, 09:08 PM
    I actually love following this thread simply because it isn't the finished product all up and working great. It's about trying new approaches, finding some that work and some that don't. By the time that video goes up, I'll have a much more realistic idea of what it takes to make this prop than watching what Paul showed in his video. His video is a really helpful and he is great at providing detailed instructions. However, I need not only those instructions, but the stories of a few who tried...
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    04-15-2019, 09:00 PM
    Thanks for the suggestion. We'll give the folks at the big box stores a visit. Our trailer supply stores have everything shipped in wooden crates with internal tie-downs. None of the John Deere, Kubota, and Honda people even had a clue what I was talking about. I was thinking about visiting some of the motorcycle shops to see if they might have anything. Those big blocks being used by others are just too tempting not to try to find a local source for them. :)
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    04-15-2019, 08:35 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    We live on the edge of a small city, so our property looks decidedly more like a rural home than an urban one. There is a very large shed in the backyard, and that's where we keep all the large items. The rest of the smaller stuff gets stored in the garage in totes. The garage actually has a carport, so the garage itself has never seen an actual car in it in over 35 years. :)
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    04-15-2019, 02:44 PM
    There are so many times we live vicariously through what others do online here. Often we'll see things that we think, "WOW, that is so cool," only to realize that our budget will never allow us to buy one or our skills at prop building aren't even near where the poster's are. But that's okay. We still love seeing the stuff, even it it's beyond our reach. Just knowing it's out there making kids and others happy or terrified is reward enough sometimes. :)
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    04-13-2019, 07:51 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    While his approach might be a bit too light for your needs, David Lowe created a farmer's market of sorts one year for the people over at Hallmark. We might never do anything like it, but we socked it away in our files of things we thought were great. You can find more pictures and details at http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2017/10/25-days-til-halloween-farmer-frightfuls.html As for the full moon for your werewolf, https://blog.homedepot.com/spooky-halloween-werewolf-scene/ was one that...
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    04-13-2019, 03:19 AM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Jack-o-Lantern Archway 2018 in Halloween Props
    double post... deleted text. :(
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    04-12-2019, 08:36 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Jack-o-Lantern Archway 2018 in Halloween Props
    There have been many pumpkin pillars and archways posted here over the years, and I've been amazed by all of them. But I have to admit yours is just plain fun. I love the faces. They truly make your archway stand out. Congrats. You have every right to be proud of your work. Thanks for posting.
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    04-12-2019, 08:30 PM
    It's a great start. I always am amazed at how radically different my original concept drawings are compared to my finished product. I enjoy seeing how many folks here on the site get so much closer to their original version than I do. It will be fun to see your final boxes. Don't forget to post pictures. :)
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    04-12-2019, 06:36 PM
    Wahoooo... that worked
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    04-12-2019, 01:06 PM
    Actually, for me, the link doesn't work. I know that Halloween Forum edits the links down to a manageable size while leaving the actual address link in place, but in this case it doesn't seem to be working. :(
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    04-11-2019, 09:56 PM
    I think it's coming along great. It's kind of comforting that you said you've not done many tombstones, but it's turning out so nicely.
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    04-11-2019, 09:49 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    Here are a couple of tutorials that might help. The first is actually from right here on the Halloween Forum. This really is one of the best places to go wandering if you're looking for help on projects. https://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/109461-nightmare-bayshore-crypt-cemetary-columns.html is a basic look at the bones of any square column used for cemetery fences. http://highburycemetery.blogspot.com/2013/11/2013-prop-how-to-cemetery-gate-entrance.html is a nice...
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    04-10-2019, 05:56 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: spray foam body in Halloween Props
    I think UnOrthodOx is right on the money. Allen Hopps, of Stiltbeast Studios, had a very lengthy live broadcast of how he made a firm form using a human and how he filled it later to become a mannequin. https://youtu.be/EcKdlyYh2Nw shows the creation of the firm form and https://youtu.be/8rnW5skji1o shows the filling part 1. Fill part 2 is located at https://youtu.be/5N7io9q6j9s. (He uses something other than great stuff mostly because it does the same thing only cheaper and without dozens of...
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    04-10-2019, 05:26 PM
    I remain in awe of folks like you J-Man. I can age a tombstone so that you can't tell it's not real, but make it wiggle and jiggle... that's something I'm still struggling with. The animation side of our haunt is one that moves VERY slowly toward what we hope to have one day. Mostly that's because we have to learn everything you've already taken years to learn. I guess it all comes down to where we spend our time. We've always had fun painting things to look real, and I've watched you help out...
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    04-10-2019, 03:06 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: Wall Masks in Halloween Props
    I always love to see when people take ideas offered out there and make something uniquely theirs. Your work is wonderful and is really very inspirational for us. We had watched the video and wondered if it was a project that could be as versatile as you have proven it is. Thanks for the post.
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    04-10-2019, 02:57 PM
    chubstuff started a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    One of the sure signs of spring seems to be that the head count on the Halloween Props forum skyrocket. There are 411 folks out there right now looking at the same stuff we are. We're pretty sure we're all out there looking to get ideas and help on what we're hoping to make this year. We hope to finish filling in the front stairwell's mausoleums, including one with an eternal hallway, one with a floating candle, and one that will have a furry grave grabber crawling out from under. As you...
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    04-09-2019, 06:10 PM
    Okay, you've won me over. If they grow true to those pictures I can see where they would fit easily into any haunt. Thanks for the response.
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    04-09-2019, 04:49 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: 2019 "The Mine" props in Halloween Props
    Here are the links to Eerie Acres' infinity illusion suggestions. https://youtu.be/BSOaXnVWIp4?t=7 and then the construction of the product at https://youtu.be/5J-URABFi_M?t=505 Just remind your wife that going off the deep end leaves you in a nice place that's not nearly as crowded. :)
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    04-09-2019, 04:32 PM
    I have to ask, since you're not the only one growing millet in conjunction with pumpkins, WHY? The only thing I've ever seen millet used for is in the seed we feed the birds outside. Is there another use for it, and is it just a typical grass where you have to plant a lot of it to get the seed, or is it more like corn? I know I can look this all up online, but what I'm trying to understand is why a home gardener might toss it into the mix. I'm always up for trying new things, and we plant all...
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    04-08-2019, 06:15 PM
    I was debating on whether to destroy the universe after posting this, you know, just so I could win. But I have decided there are so many other things on this site I love, I would just be hurting myself. So, I win for now, but I let the universe continue so that others may feel the glory of winning. That and I am amazed that at over four thousand pages of posts this thread probably takes up 2/3rds of the memory storage of this place. hahaha
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    04-08-2019, 05:43 PM
    chubstuff replied to a thread Static: 2019 "The Mine" props in Halloween Props
    You're off to a terrific start... and way ahead of us. We're still working on the idea side of Halloween waiting for the rains to slow down a bit before we venture out.
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We’re not exactly your traditional haunters, if there ever were such a thing. We’re not really even into scaring the kids. We’re sort of Haunter Lite… a friendly, slightly creepy ambiance with none of the blood and gore. We’re the haunt that parents with young children visit. They know it will be spooky fun. But it won’t require years of therapy somewhere down the line.
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