Sunday, November 11, 2012
Hope all of you had the best Halloween you could. This year was definitely challenging for many, and continues to challenge some of us. I have included a video of my haunt this year, it is pretty wimpy but I at least got some decorations out. I am already looking forward to next year and what I would like to accomplish. This includes laying out a much better haunt, providing a safe path and a scary path. I also plan on redoing the leer and wallbreaker ghosts with mechanical linkages instead of strings. I hope to offer several kits.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
My new Cloaked FCG is done! Some new ideas in this ghost are the arm and the way the head moves. The arms form a 2 bar linkage that causes the hands to raise as the arm is extended. And the head is rigged so that as the body reaches the lowest point the head looks up. Hope you have a great Halloween!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Hey everybody. Wanted to update the progress of the Cloaked Ghost. This will be an entry about finishing the hands, fixing the hood, and starting the cheese cloth application. My next entry will show how I add all the cheese cloth and display the final ghost. My previous entry showed how I used newspaper, tape and paper mache to make the hands. Once the hands are dry I paint them flat black...
Friday, September 7, 2012
The hands are just about done, now it is time to dress the ghost using black cloth. I built the hands using the same technique as the previous ghosts. First build an armature using small newspaper balls for knuckles, and masking tape to hold everything together.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I finally got started on a new ghost. This will be another version of the cloaked ghost. The original cloaked ghost is a product of Pumpkinrot..
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hey everyone. I found out someone needed the templates for the wallbreaker, so I have made the template document available under how-tos. I think I have about 1 more month of house remodeling left in me. Already told wife that I want to build some ghosts. I figure I will have September and October to break in the new shop, which is a small 1 car garage that was added to the original 2 car garage. I finally have my own shop! First will be a new cloaked ghost. I want to add to the FCG idea by linking at least the hands and head to the arms, so I get some additional movement in addition to the typical 3 line marionette. Second will be the third version of the leer ghost. For this one I will try to get away from using lines, and I am adding a pivot point at the base of the torso. The ghost will use 2 motors, 1 to raise and lower the body at the new pivot point, and 1 to drive the original head and arm movement from the last one.