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One of our weaker scenes last year was the Frankie setup. It was just kind of thrown together at the 11th hour by some of the actors and friends.
As you can see not much going on and some weird non compatible things like electric zapper lights and flaming braziers( if that's the word).
I'm standing in the hallway to take the picture and I'm actually separated from Egore by a 3 foot high 6 inch think block wall. This will be the counter where patrons will be "serviced" . Because the hallways are fairly narrow( 40") it can be hard to get photos from reasonable angles but I will add more as things progress. I'm hoping to do some modular stuff so that I can build in my shop where it's warm(er) and only venture to the barn on unseasonably warm days . Like today 40 some degrees with sunshine Hooray!

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With the exception of Egore and that little table everything is going. In the center of the room just to Frank's left will be a rustic fireplace of some kind.
I've already stared collecting things for the scene including these bottles Anyone who has done up some jars and vbottles I'd love to see\hear about what you did.

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Most of the things I do were poached from other haunters but a few simple steps; Age corks by soaking them in watered down black paint, or simply brush them with black and then wipe. Takes the newness right out of them. For the bottles I use a coarse sandpaper on some of them (60 grit works good) Kind of etches them and makes them look really old and worn. you can brush them with brown acrylic paint then wipe off. The paint will set into the scratches and give the bottles an old dirty look. For colored glass, I use some wood glue and rub it all over the bottle, then wipe off. It clouds the glass a bit making it look old.
Labels; print off on your computer using desired font and appropriate size. I use The Haunting Grounds method. A coffee filter and stain the paper, throwing some grounds directly onto the paper. See link for demo. There are a ton of ways to do these. also check out Allen Hopps at Stiltbeast Studios. He has some cool methods as well.
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Try writing formulas on a chalk board wall, fill lots of jars with glowing fluid. I made an faux antique field surgeon's kit something like that could work. Put out some old syringes, and test tubes! Also scatter lots of books and papers all over. I also printed images of antique lobotomy procedure images and hung those in our lab! This is a good scene, lots of fun projects you can add! Looking forward to pics!


 

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Great items, and great suggestions--
If you're looking for a Medieval Alchemist feel, balance scales and mortar and pestle are always good.

40 degrees sounds positively balmy! I'm looking forward to that.
 

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Thanks for the links. Some interesting ideas there. I think I am going to try my hand at a carved foam fireplace. If I start soon and mess up I'll have plenty of time for a plan B.
 

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Thanks for the links. Some interesting ideas there. I think I am going to try my hand at a carved foam fireplace. If I start soon and mess up I'll have plenty of time for a plan B.
Good thinking leaving a plan B! Sometimes that works out for the best anyway:)

Ran across this inspiration on a foam build HF member Hilda submitted, done by her friend. She also provided video from Dave the Dead's youtube best static prop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YOTpcuon-0
 

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Once again thanks for the link and your interest. The fireplace in the link is pretty much what I had in mind so will serve as good inspiration. And just so you know I haven't been totally slacking here are some bottles and jars I've modified and filled. The small drawer and large green bottle were recent Goodwill finds. Though it doesn't show the tall green one has a hollow glass stopper.

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We do carry a few specimen items at Lordgrimley.com Great pics btw.
Alien in jar.jpg Cthulu Prop.jpg
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Finally got time to do some work on the scene. Used an old cellar window in the hallway. This is on the left as you proceed down the hall. Will have a figure at a table when you look through. You can just see the door opening to the left. I'm going to build a round topped door for an old fashioned look.This will only be for actor access.

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Just beyond the door the hallway turns left. This is where the counter is. This view is actually looking back down the hall.

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Haven't done anything inside other than make a mess but here's an idea of the space involved.

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I know the thread title says alchemist but I'm leaning towards a mash up of wizard alchemist witch vibe. Mostly because the next scene is the witch shack.
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I can use the long hallway between the scenes to tie the two together and reinforce the darker side. Probably just make it up as I go using what I've got and improvising from there.Hopefully it will all come together.
 

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When I did scary fairy tales theme I made a old wooden shelf unit with the witches potions and ingredients on. I filled some bottles and jars with all kinds of things such as: broken pieces of shells as 'Unicorn Horn', soil as 'Graveyard Dust', small pieces of broken wood as 'Coffin Shards', discolored feathers as 'Angels Wings' red colored water as 'Vampire Blood', artificial ivy as 'Poison Ivy, small amount of blue colored water as 'Mermaid Tears', pieces of chalk for 'Moon Pieces', black feathers for 'Crows Song' printed off pocket watch faces for 'Bottled Time' and some strands of blonde wig as 'Sleeping Beauty Hair' . I also filled jars etc with plastic frogs, bats, bones etc. I put some old style labels on them and aged them up using brown varnish, green paint, string, cloth, and talcum powder for dust, whatever was around really. I also purchased some old books from the charity shop and made some spell book covers for them. I am looking for my old SIM card as this was a few years ago that has all the pics on, but the description gives you the idea. Teamed with candles, wands, spider webbing and a witches hat it looked very effective.
 

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i cannot wait to see how it will progress i,m going to keep popping back as its looking fantastic already , i just used some water based acrylics and mixed them in a few jars and bottles on the morning of halloween for final last minute set dressing you know bright green liquids and off yellow and red liquids in plain old jars and bottles some with plastic bugs in and kept giving them a shake on the night , with colored lighting it looked good , but i,m sure yours will be 10 times better , well executed so far .
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Over the past couple months I've picked up a bunch of bottles ,candle stands and some other things at Goodwill. I see on Ebay you can get a cheap black beaded curtain so I may hang one just at the corner prior to the counter to add to the atmosphere. I've watched a few vids on spell books and intended to make a couple but got side tracked by scarecrows and bloody corpses .
As it's apparently going to be crummy weather here for at least the next week I will probably get some work done. Stay tuned
 

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I finally have the scene mostly done cosmetically. The first 2 pics show the hallway approach. Door yet to be stained painted. I think the little candle holder will be the only light in that area. I went for the old plaster and beam look . Works pretty well to hide the OSB texture.
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Here's shot of the interior. There will be an old Victorian looking china cupboard hiding the circuit breaker box. The lower half of the window is now a cupboard.The left door opens and closes with a deer motor. I made 2 pairs of LED eyes which will be revealed as the door opens partway.
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Here is the view through the counter. There will be a prop sitting at the table will be triggered to look out through the window as guests pass by in the hallway. The lanterns are from Big Lots and will hang on the wall on either side of the opening. Thy have a flickering candle effect. Somewhere in this area will be some kind of a drop down scare. Either automatic of controlled by an actor in the scene.

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I have to do some work on other scenes before doing final detail on this but I'm pretty happy so far. Grateful for Goodwill as lots of the odds and ends have come from there and the low prices really help.
 

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Looks really good so far:) I really like the medieval style with the beams etc, it's a great time period for your theme when magic etc was more than just folklore to people. Just some ideas...I thought to stick with that theme (see pics below), if you haven't done your fireplace yet, you were talking about maybe making from foam, you could cut the brick work out for that, or some of those brick/stone wallpapers are really realistic too for speed, and a piece of wood for the mantel. You could also include a hooded wizard type character as in the pics below. For the fireplace props that would be quick and cheap easy, I thought you could make a metal hanging pot from paper mache, and a fire with real sticks with red fairy lights underneath, you could also perhaps put your fog machine there as if it was coming out them I made a glowing crystal ball, just using a plastic cocktail/goldfish bowl filled it with spider webbing and added a green LED, looked really good and would be cheap to do. Also you can add glo sticks to any colored bottles you have that also looks good and is quick. I also wondered if you have a spell book, could you use the same method I did on haunted bookcase to make a page move back and forth?
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I also had this sound effect links, the first one is a crackling fire with some one whispering spells which is quite creepy in the dark
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Unfortunately much as I would like a fireplace there is just not enough room. We do have a couple of those fake flame hanging thingys whatever they are called and I think I will put one on a stand for use in concocting potions and such. The figure at the table will be a hooded witchy'wizardy looking character. I have a mask called the Sea Hag which I modified a bit that I will use. Love the fishbowl\crystal ball idea Think I actually have one around somewhere. Have a ton of tiny glow sticks I bought last year and never used. Spell book(s) are on the agenda.
BTW your pics do not show and I would love to see them.
 
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