It's pronounced "Fronkensteen."
Thanks, Similar but simpler build to my grave walker. I know all to well about the foam beads. It's been "snowing' in my garage a few times during builds. There is an existing 3" flag pole mount in my yard I use the same way, but I did not put it there. My ghoul is mounted in it with 1 1/2" PVC pole, but one hot day and it bent, looking to up it to 2". I've a big Skull head like the one on your skeleton king, but it is some type of epoxy/ceramic and super heave for a pole otherwise I would probably build that too.... I may yet.I have a 3" PVC tube buried in the ground permanently. I use it for multiple Halloween characters depending on the year. This year's Pumpkin King has a 2" PVC "spine" with a 2" to 3" PVC transition at the bottom and then I screw it to predrilled holes on the 3" PVC tube in the ground so it doesn't twist side to side.
So, everything is 2" PVC except for the arms. After the shoulders, I go from 2" to 1 1/2" PVC and use screws as opposed to PVC cement so that I can remove the arms easily for storage. Smaller PVC equal less weight way out in front which equals less bend of the spine. The ribs are made of 1 1/2" - 3/4" PVC from bottom to top. Everything is covered in Great Stuff for texture. It's painted with FLAT Rust-oleum Camouflage paint with the base of earth brown with forest green and dark tan highlights. The hands/fingers are 14 2 Romex painted flat black.
The head was a large solid foam pumpkin I found at Michaels Craft Store. I hollowed it out (which totally SUCKS because the foam beads go EVERYWHERE and it takes a lot of effort) to about 3/4" thick walls. Then I carved the face into it. Then I sealed the whole thing inside with Modge Podge because it will get wet inside. Then I sandwiched the inside bottom and outside bottom of the pumpkin in between two 6" square 1/8" plywood pieces and Gorilla Glue'd a 2" PVC coupler (you could use a 2" PVC cap as well) into a center hole I cut into the 1/8th" plywood.
I bought several packages of 1x3 meter (3' x 9') Cheesecloth and multiple bottles of black RIT dye, followed the instructions and made the cape. I used to use bed sheets but they hold so much water that it becomes SO HEAVY that it was bending the 2" PVC. Cheesecloth is light and doesn't hold that much water so it's much better.
I'm using a super bright LED light strip. It's looks great in either green or red as the entire pumpkin head glows through.
LED Strip Lights I use
That's pretty much my tutorial. If you have any question please ask! Always willing to share stuff I've figured out!
Pix of how I attached the PVC coupler for clarity. These pix are NOT from this project but it's the same idea I used on my smaller Pumpkin Minions project.
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This is my Skeleton King which is much larger. Over 12" tall. I used 3" PVC for him because the head is fiberglass and heavy. Same basic concept though just larger in scale.
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