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Hey all! New to the forum. We are hosting a Freakshow theme party this year, not completely based on the American Horror Story show, but with similar elements. One of the projects is 'TWISTY'S BAR,' and I thought it would be fun to show you some progress pics as we move along. Enjoy!

Concept- create a bar/booth featuring a large sculpted foam 'TWISTY' from AHS 'Freakshow,' as well as 3d marquee letters with lights. Here is the initial sketch.
Drawing Sketch Text Line Artwork


3 sided pallet wood base (wife doing the display model pose)
Product Wood Fence Grass Tree


Bar top and 4x4 support beams
Property House Shed Porch Building


I use grey as a basecoat. This allows me to paint color on top, do a light sand, and expose the 'age.' *TRICK* cut housepaint with 20% winshield wiper fluid to run through a standard HVLP gun. (I was in a rush and didn't tighten at first, which is why I made a mess.)
Auto part


I purchased these letters from Creative Market for around $2 each. They are cardboard. I cut off the tops, removed the inside paper, then primed and painted. *I used black in my airbrush to shadow the corners and nooks of the letters, it really adds to the depth.
Font Wood Number Table Sign

Font Text Logo Signage Metal


I then cut scrolls for the letters to be mounted on
Text Font Wood T-shirt Fictional character


That's all for now. Soon I plan on sculpting Twisty's face and adding paint to the entire project.

UPDATE: 9/4/2015
Painted the slats, and painted the scrolls. I went with a blue for the scrolls. One of my main goals is saving money, so I am using old housepaint whenever I can. I like the pop of a color other than red and white in the mix.
Ladder Furniture Wood Roof Chair

Green Leaf Plant Fictional character Illustration

Textile Linens

Vehicle registration plate Font Automotive exterior Fictional character Logo

Here is Twisty. I glued 2 2" styrofoam boards together, then sculpted with a shaping tool, homemade hot wire, chisels, and a dremel. It was coated with foamcoat, then painted. I think in the future I will look into monster mud, as the foam coat is a little pricey.
Face Head Mask Forehead Costume

Update- signs attached with lights. It's pretty much done aside from the scissors that will go in the empty areas next to the face, some burlap background, a few spotlights and other small decorations. Oh yea, and the booze!
 

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How are you going to light it? At a glance, it looks like a sideshow/carnie type sign, so I could easily see the signs lit inside by 4-6 clear incandescent bulbs, but a couple of spots on each side pointed at a sharp angle up could give it a creepy effect, depending on ambient light.

This gives me good ideas, as I want to do a photo op this year, and obviously I'm running out of time.
 

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How are you going to light it? At a glance, it looks like a sideshow/carnie type sign, so I could easily see the signs lit inside by 4-6 clear incandescent bulbs, but a couple of spots on each side pointed at a sharp angle up could give it a creepy effect, depending on ambient light.

This gives me good ideas, as I want to do a photo op this year, and obviously I'm running out of time.
I have SPT-1 wire, and C7 snap on sockets. I drilled holes through the letters/wood sign, and will place the sockets into each hole. On the back, I will run the wire and snap the back of the socket on. The lights wil be G30 satin red bulbs. On the outside of the entire bar frame will be a run of G50 clear and red lights, with 2 small spotlights at the bottom corners angled up to highlight the face and entire signage.
 

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Sick work bro!!!
 

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I have SPT-1 wire, and C7 snap on sockets. I drilled holes through the letters/wood sign, and will place the sockets into each hole. On the back, I will run the wire and snap the back of the socket on. The lights wil be G30 satin red bulbs. On the outside of the entire bar frame will be a run of G50 clear and red lights, with 2 small spotlights at the bottom corners angled up to highlight the face and entire signage.
I've never run my own wiring like that, but after looking up the parts you mentioned, I'm SO getting started on large ideas for next year. I'm focusing on tombstones right now, but I'm always looking for the next thing to tackle. Thanks!
 
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