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First off, thank you to Old Man Bakke for the idea and the step by step tutorial here http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutor...w-make-large-cauldron.html?highlight=cauldron

This is another first for me, I had never used paper mâché.
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Started with a large round tub that I found at a local hardware store.
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Then I start cutting "ribs", these make the tub look like a cauldron
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Taking form
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Wrap it up with a toll of duct tape
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My first layer of paper mâché, so far so good I think. See how it looks/feels today when it's all dry
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Time for a coat of paint. I used Flat black Plastidip, thought it would seal it up nice and strengthen it a bit.
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Testing out the fog machine and a green floodlight
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well that's it so far, but i'm headed back out to the garage right now.
 

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I put in a night shift on the cauldron prop last night. i think it's finished! (for this year anyway)

I wrapped the base of the cauldron in saran wrap, laid some out on the floor, then made a bunch of odd shaped balls and wedged them along the bottom of the cauldron. here it is ready for some foam.
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one can of great stuff seems to have done the trick

after letting the foam cure over night i went out to see how easy i could get it off of the cauldron.
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add a very light coat of black paint. While removing the foam i found a couple of the spots where the foam was a little thinner to be a little flimsy. so i traced my foam onto 1/4' plywood and jigsawed out some base support.
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I the glued a string of orange lights to the 1/4'' base support, then glued the foam to the base
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throw an old costume on this "dress making thing" yes yes that will do
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The coals do look great. I pretty much spent the day today putting my fire pit together and just stopped to take a break. In fact, I just sprayed the last of the foam into the fire pit a few minutes ago.
 
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