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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Static: Jack-o-Lantern Archway 2018 in Halloween Props
    These pumpkin arches are stellar! They feel so Tim Burton-esque. I feel like Disney did a version where it was a spiral tunnel of arches, probably at Disneyland Paris. I love the idea. Fantastic work!
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Static: Chuck the Dragon in Halloween Props
    Thank you so much! Yes, the attempted purchase was just nonsensically ridiculous. Everything you read about ScareFactory on Yelp, the BBB, Haunt Vendor Review...everywhere, it's all true. I said I wouldn't be the guy who would badmouth the company publicly, but it's just that bad. Between the last picture and this next one, several hours elapsed and I didn't take any pictures, so....oops! I'll do my best to fill in what the process was. I started by taking newspaper and filling in the...
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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Jaurhead started a thread Static: Chuck the Dragon in Halloween Props
    Hey everyone, meet Chuck! He's just a WIP right now, but I'll be documenting whatever progress pictures I take as I piece this beast together. The story here is a long one...so I'll wrap it in spoiler tags so it doesn't muck up this thread. We've been planning a haunt for the last 13 months. It was supposed to happen in October of 2018, but we got ousted and had to start over. We're on for 2019, though! It is a pro-haunt of sorts, in the sense that we will have hired talent and will be...
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    04-17-2019, 10:24 AM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    I can already see the difference in your sculpting! The new face is looking more skeletal, whereas the first looked to be a bit more mummified. What are you using to sculpt?
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    04-17-2019, 10:01 AM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    Thanks for such a thorough response! I had given up yesterday morning on trying to source the wire mesh I was looking for after - chicken wire was just too bulky and window screen mesh (the aluminum kind) is pricey. So I opted for the paper-mash and foil method. I think I went through about 2 pounds of hot glue sticks to keep everything tacked together so far, but I'm liking where "Chuck" is ending up. There will be more foil exposed, so I think I'll hit it with a coat of primer spray...
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    04-16-2019, 11:06 AM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    I've lived in Southern California all my life - I don't know what it's like to have a garage big enough for a car and storage! Let alone havning LAND for a shed! :D My parents just moved to TN a couple of years ago and now have all these amenities, and they love it. I decided to take on a project last night...making an enormous dragon head. It currently sits at 4' tall from front to back. I'm trying to figure out what kind of wire mesh to use to sculpt all the details and...
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    04-14-2019, 10:32 PM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    Thank you so much! Our theme revolves around fairy tales, and this one scene takes after the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will have one large troll character that comes roaring out at guests, but we're also making a couple goat people costumes for actors to roam around in. It's a bit of a production, really - patrons will cross a bridge that groans, rumbles and shakes while the goat people beckon them across. Once a sensor is tripped halfway across the bridge, the lights dim, fog pours and the...
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    04-11-2019, 09:33 PM
    Whatevs from wherever is my preferred method of crafting, by far! ;) This next part is really easy! You're going to need hot glue, twine, cheesecloth, moss, and whatever leftover paint you have from making a mess inside the lantern. First, take a length of twine and create a handle of some sort. My vases came with these metal collars attached (which already had rope on them, but I'd since removed it). I ran the twine through the old mounting holes a few times until I had a good grip for...
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    04-11-2019, 09:02 PM
    Jaurhead replied to a thread Prop Showcase: What Are You Making this Year? in Halloween Props
    Oh my gosh, where do I begin? One project I've been really happy with so far are the swamp lanterns for our Troll scene: Next on my list is a collapsible tree for the same scene. Not really sure how to execute it, but I'm thinking of using those kids' collapsible tunnels and hanging them from the 11' ceiling, then getting butcher paper and making the "bark" from it. This will be followed by making our elastic cave wall, which will really require its own thread for. For the most...
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    04-02-2019, 10:46 PM
    Ok, so I guess this next step SHOULD have been first, that way the paint can dry while you're assembling the flicker bulb portion, but alas.... PAINT! This is probably the easiest and most fun part of the whole thing, and it really drives this swampy look home. Supplies needed (not pictured are cups for mixing and water): Colors can be whatever you want, really. Each of my jars has a different combination so no two are alike. This one uses mostly green and dark brown, with some black...
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    04-02-2019, 07:56 AM
    Ask and ye shall receive... I've also updated the first post with links to everything purchased (minus the jar). Here's how to rig the flicker LED into the foam: Take your styrofoam (I used the memorial vase insert and cut off a 2" portion) and bore a hole about the diameter of a pencil through the center - better yet, just use a pencil! You're going to take the G4 pin base and feed the two lead wires through the hole, hot gluing them in place. How much wire you leave on each side of the...
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    04-02-2019, 12:13 AM
    I know how popular these are, and I LOVE the effect they give to just about any swampy or witchy scene. So I decided to make my own! I'll post some step-by-steps with pictures here in the coming days. I've seen lots of versions of these over the years, and I've watched a couple tutorials, primarily to figure out what kind of lighting people used. For my lanterns, I used 12v LED flicker bulbs with a G4 pin base. These little bulbs are dwindling in selection, unfortunately. I was lucky...
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