As we get closer to Oct 1, I'm excited to see what everyone is working on. Today I'm tackling insulation foam sheets to create 9 boarded-up windows.
I was thinking about tackling the wiper motor coffin for this year's haunt as well. What is your coffin made of?I had a wiper motor coffin that opened and slammed shut (successfully startled many in 2020, did not work as well on rebuild in 2021). Looking at using a linear actuator to open and slam close (linear to rotational with a half wheel). I am nowhere near the level of sophistication of many here, but I have so much fun doing this. Those Franken-pumpkin-steins look remarkable.
Old fencing (redwood, I think, but it is easily 30+ year old planks), so it is very worn looking, with deliberate cracks (with flashing red lighting inside) to look weathered and distressed. The lid is very heavy, though, and I do not have it down on stabilizing the wiper motor, but when lined up, it slams down nicely. Had the upper half of a skeleton to look like it was opening the lid. I used a PIR and picaboo from frightprops. Goal this year is to get it how it was in 2020. Have fun, it is a good prop, certainly entertains trick or treaters...I was thinking about tackling the wiper motor coffin for this year's haunt as well. What is your coffin made of?
For the beam ... Could you "paint" it with latex caulk before adding details? I know they make exterior caulk in colors like tan, dark brown, and light gray. Maybe using a super flexible medium as the coating will give it some more shock absorption and keep it from shedding paint flakes? Just a thought...I'm working on a fake heavy-looking wood beam (that I'm having to figure out the best medium since it does need to withstand being dropped by an actor) and a medieval lute. The lute is fun fun fun as it's a static non-playable prop thank dog! So paper maché and the neck is a well sanded 1x2 with cork tuners. I likely could make one that would be capable of strings/noise, but definitely easier to construct when it's not required to be working.
I am going to attempt to do the wood beam out of cardboard and hope I can paint it good enough as the foamcore likely will dent/chip from repeated drops and I don't want to waste my time crafting something that won't survive well.
Also making a long churchwarden style smoking pipe (like in Lord of the Rings) and lots of other odds and ends. It's been a while since I got to craft things out of nothing, so having a blast and starting to think about what I could make specifically for Halloween this year.