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    Arkham Asylum 2019 (Party Decorations)
    So, I finally decided to pull the trigger and have a Halloween party. I've always wanted to, but I live alone and am self conscious about the cleanliness of my house. I decided "life's too short [redacted] it!"

    I'm a huge Batman fan both metaphorically and literally (too many carbs) so I decided on Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane as my theme.

    I don't particularly want people going into the bedrooms so I decided that I would keep the doors closed and decorate the doors to look like cells. I have five doors (including closets) so each can be the cell of a major Batman villain.

    My plan for the doors is three parts. The simplest part is a room number which will be stick on numbers from the craft store. The really cool part will be a fake bared window. I plan to put a picture of various Villains matted in to a padded cell back drop.

    The third item is where I decided to start. Cells would obviously need locks!! none of the doors in questions have locks. I decided to make a fake lock to attach (temporarily) right below the handle to look like an old antique lock. You have to start some where...

    After making some sketches and deciding on a design I started construction. I made a master out of wood and polystyrene. Then I made a mold so I could cast enough for all the doors. Here are photos of the stages of construction...

    Wooden Master
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    Test fitting the master
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    Resin cast
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    Finished lock plates
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    Finished Test Fit
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    Oh my gosh...it's these little details that really make the event for me! I hope your guests appreciate the effort you're going to invest in this - I can't wait to see more!

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    Love this level of detail! Hope you enjoy the run up to the party, sounds like you have some good plans! Looking forward to pictures of the progress :-)

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    I've started the cell windows... pictures soon!

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    Arkham Asylum 2019 (Party Decorations)
    Thank you to everyone for the comments and likes.

    Here is a mock-up of the cell window frame. Take a look and let me know what you think. It's sized for a 8.5X11 photo paper image...

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    Great theme and I absolutely love the locks that you did! Such a great detail!! The bars look great, excited to see them with the photos behind

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    You're well on your way to having a house decorated months in advance. Like you, our party days are sometimes the motivation we need to get our house cleaned up. But the work on those locks is quite amazing. We're sure the cell windows will be just as much fun.

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    Your locks turned out fantastic and love the look of the windows.

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