Do you have a special tool or piece of equipment that you've rigged to make your prop-building go faster and easier? Or use readily available items to substitute for a tool you don't have? If so, please share!
Here's mine - I have been doing a lot of paper mache work, and created this to help me with gargoyle wings. There are a number of other drying/propping applications it could be used for.
When doing wings with paper mache and clay, it can be difficult to shape the wings properly. They must be dried in the shape you want them in, which means a lot of finagling (sp?) with props and weights. It usually takes at least 3-4 tries to get it right.
A redo means at least an extra hour of labor, plus several hours of drying time. A screw up while the clay is drying takes even more time.
So I stripped an umbrella, and bent in the outer spokes, attaching them to the right adjacent spoke with fishing line. This forms a flexible and thin outer ring that can hold weight.
Unscrewed the umbrella handle, hot glued it to the inside of a box and tada! A sturdy mount.
Now I can dry both wings in the right positions without having to use any props or weights, and they turn out right the first time. Also, I can dry both sides at the same time - the old method meant flipping the wing over, re-propping, etc.
With as much time as it takes to do the wings...well, for me, this is freaking awesome.
So what do you use to make life easier?
Results WITH wing dryer:
Results WITHOUT wing dryer: