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We're going to have a cage in our witch scene this year so I started on this one today. It's half inch pvc, fitted into 1x2 strips, whcih are screwed onto plywood top/bottom sections. It measures 18 x 18 and is 26 inches high on the inside. It will be painted black with some rust on the bars, and have hanging hardware. I'll hang it from a tree branch or possibly lash together a wooden tripod for it. Debating on what to put in it. I have some small poseable skeletons, but ideally would love to find a realisitic child size doll. Three of the bars are removable to gain entry into it.



 

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How about that little creature you were making of pvc?
Ya know, I did think of that, but I kind of want the little goblin to be one of the witches minions, and not a victim. I do think I could use him in the cage scene, maybe looking up at it, poking whatever I put in it with a stick, something.. I've got a few ideas rattlling around.

That is gonna be sah-weeet! And lol @ your boxer freaking out a bit at your creature! Too funny! :D
The dog suffers from terminal curiosity! lol!
 

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How about using some child size costumes/with pvc frames/ as if they were tots and have the goblin rooting through their candy bags?
 

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How about using some child size costumes/with pvc frames/ as if they were tots and have the goblin rooting through their candy bags?
I'm liking that a lot!!! Awesome idea! THanks!
 

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jdubbya,

Looks great. I built a taller cage in the same manner several years ago. If you hang the cage it would be awesome if you could find some sort of small motor you could use to give the cage itself a little movement. Maybe have one of the TOTs arms sticking out like they are reaching for keys or something ?
 

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The more I think about it, a TOT would be perfect. Thinking a Power Ranger costumed figure or maybe a little fairy princess (or both) Have a bag of spilled candy on the ground beneath the cage, the TOT reaching out and maybe even a recording of a child's voice saying things like "let me out, help me, someone please help me, mommy, daddy..." you get the picture. Thanks for all the ideas!
 

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This is why I love the forum so much. Collective teamwork that turns a good idea into a truly great one! Nice job Jdubbya!
I couldn't agree more! I love pitching an idea and seeing what all the creative minds come up with. Stuff I may never have thought of.
 

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The more I think about it, a TOT would be perfect. Thinking a Power Ranger costumed figure or maybe a little fairy princess (or both) Have a bag of spilled candy on the ground beneath the cage, the TOT reaching out and maybe even a recording of a child's voice saying things like "let me out, help me, someone please help me, mommy, daddy..." you get the picture. Thanks for all the ideas!
Spilled candy, a few random bones, and a couple of hungry rats enjoying some candy......;) Sounds like winner !
 

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Did a little more work today (after the Mother's Day celebration, of course!)
Put a screw into each piece of pvc, top and bottom to secure them. You can see that I left 2 of the bars free floating so that they can be removed to put things in the cage or change the contents. I drilled out the top piece of plywood so the bars can slide out all the way. also started painting the wood frame. Will hit the bars this week and get the hanging hardware on, then make a figure to go inside.








 
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Doing diagrams and patterns for something a little similar. 3 TOTS, PVC n Chikn wire, with slightly motorized necks, chained up behind large tombstone beckoning to real tots to come play. Using daughters outgrown witch, red riding hood and dorothy costumes, cheap, walmart face masks (pumpkin, devil and skull) for the "three TOTs" placing it all in front of a large black widow prop along with hanging cage with "unconscious real tot" inside. Want to have diagrams and materials for these and every other prop ready for first week of June when I start fabrication. Fighting my arachnophobia on this one, the plan is for the spider to be about 5ft long, head to ass, with proportional pvc legs.
 

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Looking good jdubbya! I'm loving the ideas everyone's come up with, and it's spawned a few of mine own for my haunt. :D Are you going to give the cage a rusty finish?
 

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Looking good jdubbya! I'm loving the ideas everyone's come up with, and it's spawned a few of mine own for my haunt. :D Are you going to give the cage a rusty finish?
Yup! After I shoot the bars with black, I'll mist them with some rust color to age them up a bit.
 

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Glad I tuned in today! Like that cage, jdubbya! I'm looking to make something similar to put a werewolf into. Now I know how it will look. My first cage I made from the 1/2" black rolled sprinkler hose, and straightened it with a heat gun. Because that system is not perfect, it makes the bars look like they've been bent a little over the years. That will be the effect I'll be going for in the w/w cage, but I will be using 3/4" intsead. FS in Cage.jpg HM
 

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Glad I tuned in today! Like that cage, jdubbya! I'm looking to make something similar to put a werewolf into. Now I know how it will look. My first cage I made from the 1/2" black rolled sprinkler hose, and straightened it with a heat gun. Because that system is not perfect, it makes the bars look like they've been bent a little over the years. That will be the effect I'll be going for in the w/w cage, but I will be using 3/4" intsead. View attachment 112988 HM
I like the look of that HM. Be sure to post up pics of your new creation too.
 

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I think it looks great so far and is an awesome idea. Am building a witch this year myself, so am now considering adding a cage now too! Don't know if I should thank you or not!!! :p
 
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