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Edit to add i did complete the project. Thread here. http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/141751-building-portal-hell.html

I've been trying to figure out what to do with a devil mask and hands that I got for cheap after last Halloween.


. My vague general idea was to make a static devil prop and it watching over the Halloween scene I am creating for this year. A lot of vague ideas going from 6-10 feet tall, body exposed vs. wrapped around by a cape, how to make a devils body etc......

I've been experimenting with fire pits made from good stuff foam. Last night it hit me that I could make a pretty cool portal prop combining the devils mask, hand, torso painted red that I will make using mannequin form, a leg and tip of a tail.

My idea is to make an upright portal (door shaped or octagon shaped) that about 6-7 feet tall. I will border it with bones (I've been trying to figure out what to do with all the extra leg and arm bones I have lying around from skeletons I have chopped up) set it up so that it looks like the first half of the head, (Like Han Solo encased in carbonite) one arm, the torso, one leg and part of the tail are coming through. I will lay out lights, (maybe string some lights through the bone border if the bones are translucent enough) and encase them in good stuff foam which will also add to the devil coming through the portal effect.

I am doing a 3 witches around a cauldron scene and thought it would look cool if they were summoning the devil through the portal, and had a bunch of anguished corpses in fire pits surrounding the portal.

things I need to do and think about: Any feedback on anything is welcomed..............

The shape of the portal: rectangular or octogon

What to make the portal out of. Plywood seems to be natural, but am open to other suggestions/ideas.

Color of the lights in the portal: Red seems to be the natural choice since he would be coming from hell, but it might be cool to pick a different color like a creepy green light or a blue light under the foam to contrast the color of the fire pits that i have already made.

I am also going to experiment with painting the foam different colors and illuminating it with different colored lights.

As I said, I am open to any ideas, comments, feedback etc..... that will help with my brainstorming. I probably will not begin this until June so plenty of time to plan this out.
 

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Sounds like a good plan as is! I think it will look very cool. Not sure if you care about the weight added by and using the plywood?? Last season we began using black coroplast where ever possible instead of plywood. We used it for a bunch of new haunt maze panels, they are matte black finish, fairly sturdy and light so easy to work with. It comes in quite a lot of colours as well.
 

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I will look into coroplast, I know nothing about it. I want to keep it light so the corroplast may be good. Is it sturdy enough to not break if it gets windy?

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I will look into coroplast, I know nothing about it. I want to keep it light so the corroplast may be good. Is it sturdy enough to not break if it gets windy?

Thank you.
We used coroplast for the walls of our Mausoleum as well, it housed our FCG. The black walls really helped make it stand out in the black light. We had no issues with weather (rain or wind). It was attached to a frame made from 1"x4" wood construction. We are going to tweak the FCG part this year to make it more stable, but the actual structure was fine. We also had zero damage to the coroplast maze panels and we had over 700 people go through the haunt last season. I wallpapered the a lot of the coroplast to make living room and nursery sets.

 

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I experimented with a couple of different colors under the good stuff foam. Red and green looked the best to me. I am going to spraypaint the foam with a couple of different colors to see if I can get any cool effects, but as it stands now, I might run both red and green lights in the foam and go with what ever color I feel like using on a particular night.
 

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I spray painted the good stuff foam with metalic paint today. I like the way it looks. I think it will give the portal a mirrored or mercury like appearance during the day and make the foam a lot less obvious.

Foam with the metallic spray paint.
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Foam with the metallic spray paint, green light
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Foam with the metallic spray, red light
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Hey,

Here's how I prepped the entrance to my underworld. I use a red light to illuminate the bone wall at the back. Thought it might help.




Just for kicks here's my big guy.

 
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