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I want to try and make a big HALF-A cauldron... so a big semi circle that I can push against a wall in my house. I'm going to use it so that people can stand inside of it and use it as a photo booth area for my party this year.

I'm going to go the paper mache route. Any ideas on what to use for a mold for the semi circle?

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I'd probably use cardboard and lots of duct tape to make a framework for the half cauldron.



So this is a giant spider I made a few years ago. I used cardboard to form the "skeleton" and you should get the general idea of how it works - cut out support pieces that are the shape and then attach them together every so many inches, bracing with support spines of more cardboard and duct tape. I then paper machéd over this.

BUT if you are halfway able to use some basic power tools and don't mind making a mess, you might be able to carve a decent half cauldron out of large blocks of styro glued together. I've seen pretty large cubes of the white bead stuff given away for free at a store called Tractor Supply Co., as they get them in for padding on their small trailers and usually are happy to have someone haul them off. Usually folks say they just ask the manager if they have any available.

(just in case you go with a foam build, a reminder that using spray paint on foam will "melt" it... so you have to use brush-on paints at least until the surface is covered)

Just as an example of how this could work, here's the amazing keithcorcoran's Maleficient Castle build where he carved some pretty amazing stonework using these styro blocks: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/143342-maleficent-castle-entrance-throne-garage-facade.html

Relevant posts showing the blocks/build:
http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/143342-maleficent-castle-entrance-throne-garage-facade-3.html#post1797502
http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/143342-maleficent-castle-entrance-throne-garage-facade-4.html#post1801187
 
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