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I am not sure if this is already a thread, I am only on page 26 of the 50+ back forum pages.

If you have had experience doing this please share in the comments, plus any ideas, considerations or feelings to why it would or wouldn't be a good idea.

I was looking for a lightweight and easy way to make semi-transparent ghosts which cost very little and held a form well. I came across packing tape casting and it seemed like it could work. I'm assuming it would be lighter than hardened cheese cloth, and hold a more human form.

THE PROCESS

1. Wrap your body part in plastic wrap.
2. Wrap plastic wrap in two layers of packing tape.
3. Cut single line down tape to loosen and remove from body.
4. Remove any excess plastic wrap.
5. Use tape to seal removal cut.

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I did my arm just to try it.
Was going to do full upper bodies and different positions to place around the haunt.
 

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3M has tape sculpture contests each year for the best creations. Not sure if they are still doing them as seems like 2012 was the last I could find but saw a few years of entries over time. I recall posting about them a while back. First time I saw one of them was on a TV halloween news story and it was of an Invisible Man sitting on a slide.

Here's the website for their 2012 contest "off the roll". They still have video tips available to view. http://offtherollcontest.com/index.html

Some more cool examples:

http://arrestedmotion.com/2009/11/off-the-roll-tape-sculpture-contest/ Love the carousel horses.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/scott-off-the-roll-tape-sculpture-contest


I liked this one and instead of a gun pictured it with just an outstretched hand and arm (like you did) and that little girl prop with the rotating head sitting in front of a tv with static on the screen like in Poltergeist I think it was.

 

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3M has tape sculpture contests each year for the best creations. I recall posting about them a while back. First time I saw one of them was on a TV halloween news story and it was of an Invisible Man sitting on a slide.

Here's the website for their 2012 contest "off the roll". They still have video tips available to view. http://offtherollcontest.com/index.html
Very cool. I'm thinking that if I don't rush the warping to keep as few wrinkles as possible, I'll have a great looking see through form. I was playing with the idea of trying some glow in the dark blue paint as well, but I'm not so sure. Maybe hook them up to a couple well placed LEDs...just need to understand how LEDs work first.
 

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Very cool. I'm thinking that if I don't rush the warping to keep as few wrinkles as possible, I'll have a great looking see through form. I was playing with the idea of trying some glow in the dark blue paint as well, but I'm not so sure. Maybe hook them up to a couple well placed LEDs...just need to understand how LEDs work first.
You might also look into those rice LED lights on very thin strands of wire that are battery powered. LEDs will put out light in a straight line unless the light can be refracted kind of like what Gemmy does on their LED spotlights with the multifaceted globes on them. But placed inside the tape sculpture it might just reflect off the many angles of the tape sculpture. I always wondered if the arm with the gun above was lit from the TV or had an additional source.
 

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Last year I made my first full-sized prop, and I used packing tape to create the torso & arm shape. I wanted a female cemetery mourner and I wanted her a bit short, so I used my 12 year old niece as the body model. First I wrapped her torso with packing tape - sticky side OUT - then I wrapped her over & over again with sticky side DOWN. I then cut a line up the back, released her & retaped the seam.

Then I had her pose one arm the way I wanted it, and I wrapped her arm & shoulder using the same technique above, then cut it off her. Did the same with the other arm & shoulder. Then I put the torso & arms onto my PVC prop frame and taped them together to create a more solid body. I also taped hands into the wrist area.

!!! One piece of advice from me - I bought cheap, clear packing tape from the Dollar Tree store. It was great except it had strong fumes! I recommend you actually do the packing tape outside or with a lot of ventilation, because it was pretty potent!

I am no pro by any means, but I was happy with my result. For some reason I don't have a photo of the prop here - I'll have to look for one.

ETA - photo of finished prop, sorry there's not a photo of the process ~

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I have found lots of examples on Pinterest. I showed them to my husband and he got all excited. I was thinking a strand of fairy lights, or an led spotlight from the bottom would work best for lighting.
 

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I found the fingers pretty hard to do if you are doing it on yourself, but what I did was used small pieces of tape for them.

I also decided that I will probably getting plastic food service gloves for the people I will be doing this on as it will just make it so much easier. Try that, it will probably make it super easy.
 

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Love all these ghosts! I hope mine can come out anywhere near as good. Seeing that I am a little on the chunky side, all of my ghosts will look they came from a well-fed family haha. My son is 6'5" and very skinny, so thinking he might make a good Abe Lincoln ghost.
 

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I am not sure if this is already a thread, I am only on page 26 of the 50+ back forum pages.

If you have had experience doing this please share in the comments, plus any ideas, considerations or feelings to why it would or wouldn't be a good idea.

I was looking for a lightweight and easy way to make semi-transparent ghosts which cost very little and held a form well. I came across packing tape casting and it seemed like it could work. I'm assuming it would be lighter than hardened cheese cloth, and hold a more human form.

THE PROCESS

1. Wrap your body part in plastic wrap.
2. Wrap plastic wrap in two layers of packing tape.
3. Cut single line down tape to loosen and remove from body.
4. Remove any excess plastic wrap.
5. Use tape to seal removal cut.

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I did my arm just to try it.
Was going to do full upper bodies and different positions to place around the haunt.
SIR !! Well done, people like you with these ideas are why I still lurk around here...Nice idea
 
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