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    Holy carp and thanks for all the excellent ideas!

    Well what it really comes down to for me is deciding if I want durable, reusable and maybe even salable props, some time down the road when I'm done with them. or cheap and quick, pitch them and move on when I'm dome.

    I have to tell you- my mind is always in the 'done right' state, but I'm coming to grips with the fact that haunts require frequent freshening of props and sets- very frequent and relatively costly.

    Unless you're a lottery winner these factors are always on your mind.

    You have an egg mold? Awesome! What materials do you cast in it? Transparent?

    Heat pressing... awesome.

    Tape looks like the most cost effective, but I'm worried about the lines from the tape edges that will form- I'm probably going to try this anyway just to see. That would be one BIG ASS chocolate egg!

    Thanks for the fiberglass info too.

    Vacuum forming- or a close proximity thereof (heat pressing plastic) looks VERY interesting and the google machine produced this- PETG plastic sheet at a .02 thickness, or there abouts, is what is used to form RC car bodies and blister packs.

    I found 48x96 sheets for around $40 online... I'll probably try heat pressing onto a sculpt of some kind first and see how that works... Gotta love ghetto-fab!

    There are several cool pieces of equipment floating around my head in consideration for purchase or build- a vac table is one of them...

    Sigh... never enough time or money for the lazy man...

    Thanks again!
    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temple of his gods.

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    The details in the picture tell me that only the hero unit is actually transparent and the rest are all transluscent and so the clearer stuff is perhaps vacuformed and all the rest are ghetto construction. So cost wise it changes across the display to get the right effect without the whole thing being the best materials and sparing no expense.

    I have seen Allens plastic wrap and tape bodies and with just some imagination of applying some kind of decorative goo would detract from that. No one is going to judge that it is spot on movie reproduction, only having something jiggling in an egg will be the whole jist of the scene. Some moving toy with a little monster skin and the use of lights or lack of lights that the eggs are everywhere and this one or three something is happening.


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

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    I did a quick test on an 18 inch egg I had. I put a baby doll inside. The glare in a few of the pics is bad, but the transparency is great. This is four layers of tape, it holds is shape well and the babies weight does not miss shape it at all. I hope this helps you to see this options results better,
    Allen H
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    this pic is blurry, the transparency is awesome.
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    Looks great Allen, if the glare is not the desired effect a light spray of a clear mat spray paint will take care of that. You can even get it with different color sparkles in it to give it a crystal look or wood tone spray to give it a more organic look with some airbrush veins. You could cut some open and use clear silicone to make a yoke oozing out of some cracks. Did it take very long to make Allen? I know I watched you do a whole body in about an hour at MWHC. You should get your own topic on HW Forum called ASK ALLEN you seem to always have good solution to people's questions.


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    Allen amazes me most of the time. I made a variety of egg pods different sizes (mostly smaller but some the size Allen shows). They are not translucent, but they are durable as hell. I used styrofoam balls from the craft store, wrapped it in paper mâché (they sell the strips already to go, just wet and wrap). I then sprayed the whole thing with web maker to give it the web look. Took some time with the web gun but the final product looks great. I use them in my spider room, but I like the translucent effect - might be something we try for Camp Nightmare this year.
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    Allen, what did you use as a form?
    Thanks, Pete
     

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    Dude... you skillz are redonkolous...

    Thank you kindly. I'm working out my travel schedule for TW in the next few days- if there is even the most remote chance I can- I will be at your class. Thanks again! -Rob
    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temple of his gods.

    What you put into your mind- you put into your life.


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    Krampus Eggs? Turn the baby into a baby Krampus and go amber on the egg somehow. Right now it looks like Oh, no the baby only has 3.4 minute of air in there!

    I like the idea of using silicone as some kind of goo or viens.


    Another fabulous post from the U.S.Department of Wild Imaginings, now in spectaclar stereo, sponsored by the Adhesives and Sealants Council, suggesting ways to stick things together since the 1800s. Not fabulous in a gay way. Your results may vary. Illinois residents add 8% sales tax. These posts have been made by professional post makers, do not try this type of posting on your own without extensive training, lovely assistants and a trusty clown horn.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H View Post
    Ahh, I see. So you cut tape mold in half to get egg out? I thought maybe you used a balloon? Wrap it with saran, tape, then pop it once tape is done.

    Thanks, Pete
     

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