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operatingnurse
02-15-2010, 10:14 PM
Skelesconce 2010

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/681/skelesconce1.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/i/skelesconce1.jpg/)

He actually leans away from the backing only attached at the hips and feet.

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/7913/089ly.jpg (http://img42.imageshack.us/i/089ly.jpg/)

The exciting "trailer" to build interest...

YouTube- Skelesconce 2010

Material prices amended from video:

Shopko Mini-Bucky (Clearance) $4.99
2" Foam Insulation $1.50
Drylok $2.00
Other Assort. Acrylic Paints $1.50
Moss $0.50
PVC $0.75
Glue Sticks $0.50
Dollar Store Tea Light $0.50

TOTAL- $12.74

The Skelesconce hangs on the wall and watches over all the little TOTers lighting their way with his candle. More info:

The backing was a leftover 2" piece of foam from my last tombstone. This was routed with a Dremel. The stone border was created with the typical wood burning tool. Of course, two coats of Drylok were added. A light coat of tea staining followed for the base color. Then, dry brushing with white and black acrylics.

Gorilla glue attaches the skeleton pelvis and feet to the backing. Additional Gorilla Glue was added at the joints to hold the pose.

The candle was constructed from 1.5" PVC. Glue sticks around the edge give the appearance of melting after the edge was rasped. A base coat of beige followed by some brown rubbed in for aging completed the effect. A Dollar Store tea light is used for the illumination.

The Skelsconce stands 33" high and 12 inches wide. Closer to Halloween, he will be Web Casted for that eerie finishing touch.

More pictures and videos to follow if there is interest.

Joiseygal
02-16-2010, 07:27 AM
Wow two months before the deadline....SHOW OFF!!!! Great Job Operatingnurse! I really love how this prop serves a purpose by lighting the way for totters. I'm thinking for the price of this prop you could make a hallway of these little guys lighting the way. Wow Pyro asked for a teaser and you went from that to the actually finished product. :) Very nice job!!!

RavenLunatic
02-16-2010, 10:20 AM
cool, simple, and functional

madmomma
02-16-2010, 10:28 AM
Very nice indeed! An easy to make perfect touch for an entrance.

Erebus
02-16-2010, 10:30 AM
This is really cool. I am going to have to make a few of these for my party this year.

RoxyBlue
02-16-2010, 11:24 AM
I love this piece - so simple yet very effective. If I saw this in a store, I would be grabbing it for the shopping basket:)

I also love the little video - well done!

Eeeekim
02-16-2010, 11:51 AM
Wow! That's very cool.
Not much for procrastinating are you Operatingnurse? :)

Mr_Chicken
02-16-2010, 12:41 PM
very nice
I'm a big fan of your candle...might have to age mine like that

Johnny Thunder
02-16-2010, 01:13 PM
Very creepy and cool!!

Dungeon Keeper
02-16-2010, 01:30 PM
Wow, what a great prop.
Looks like the bar has been set pretty high.

fick209
02-16-2010, 02:02 PM
That's really cool! People would pay $30 for that in a store and you made in for under $13 - great job:) I too really like the look of your candle, very realistic!

Frankie-s Girl
02-16-2010, 04:52 PM
Oh lovely! I am definitely going to be attempting this at a later date.

Love the stone painting effect - very realistic. :D

heresjohnny
02-16-2010, 05:35 PM
Ah, this reminds of past contests when someone would crank out a prop overnight and set the bar for the rest of us. Always made the contests more fun for me. Great job, and thanks for posting. I think you need t least a pair of these.

HalloweenRick
02-16-2010, 08:26 PM
Great Job!

Haunted Bayou
02-16-2010, 11:36 PM
Genius.
Simple but looks expensive. I think you are going to get copied a lot on this one.

operatingnurse
02-17-2010, 12:19 AM
Ah, this reminds of past contests when someone would crank out a prop overnight and set the bar for the rest of us. Always made the contests more fun for me. Great job, and thanks for posting. I think you need t least a pair of these.

First of all, thank you to everyone for all the compliments. If anything, I hope this fuels the fire for the contest and gets other members fired up for their submissions.

Of course, there is a pair of Skelesconces, but I wanted to be conservative on the high side for the price and decided to do a breakdown for just one. Together they are probably under $20 if I was more aggressive on my partial costs (paint, moss, etc). Here is photographic proof of the the twin:

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6784/0052g.jpg (http://img96.imageshack.us/i/0052g.jpg/)

These were literally leftover items from last year that I have been staring at since November. My wife has been pointing out how over budget I am with my son getting ready to go to college so I am making the most of what's at hand.

Zurgh
02-17-2010, 12:51 AM
Rock on! Regardless of the challenge, you have 2 very cool props! I hope others are inspired by your work, I know it helps to add fuel to my fires. I also hope others do copy your work to decorate there haunts, as many would benefit from such a cool addition. Not to mention, copying is a form of flattery. Very nice!

Devils Chariot
02-17-2010, 12:57 AM
This is cool and straight forward. a perfect $20 prop entry because 1. anyone can make it and 2. its totally affordable. and 3. cool, so people will want to make it.

pagan
02-17-2010, 11:42 AM
Nice work!

SPOOKY J
02-17-2010, 01:09 PM
Great job!

DeathTouch
02-17-2010, 05:09 PM
You did a good job. Looks like real stone.

HallowEve
02-17-2010, 05:22 PM
Awesome looking prop! Love the aging on the candle too! Great Job!:jol:

halloween71
02-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Ghreat job.

Merlin (The Quiet One)
02-17-2010, 11:40 PM
Great job!

Wildcat
02-18-2010, 08:59 AM
He looks awesome. Great job.

You have my vote so far:biggrinkin:

wickedwitchwest
02-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Really nice job. Simple and a great prop all for under $20.

SKAustin
02-18-2010, 01:01 PM
operatingnurse, That is FANTASTIC. I wish I had thought of that. I have the very same skeleton sitting in a tub in my basement. I will most certainly have to make myself one or two of these.

Excellent work!

13mummy
02-18-2010, 08:44 PM
That's a great prop I love it a lot. I would be interested in making one for myself because they are so cool. Can you tell me if the gorilla glue really holds the skeleton in place? Also how are you hanging them on the way without ruining the foam?

IMU
02-19-2010, 10:30 AM
Nice ... that's what makes these $20 contests so great. Simple, awesome props at a great price!

gbelleh
02-19-2010, 12:32 PM
Very nice prop!

RavensHollow
02-19-2010, 02:38 PM
Great prop! Definitely something I'm going to have to try out. I love the aging on the candle.

Terra
02-25-2010, 10:28 AM
Super spooky!

Rahnefan
02-25-2010, 12:23 PM
Skelesconce is such a cool name too. I just like saying it. You could market it with a name like that.

Lady Nyxie
02-25-2010, 02:26 PM
Really neat! Can't beat the price either.

Bone Dancer
02-25-2010, 03:46 PM
Nice job, a real inspiration.

Sickie Ickie
02-26-2010, 11:34 AM
Wow, I just pop in every once in a while right now and I run across this! Totally awesome! Sure blows some of my past entries out of the water! and simple. I love the idea no special tools or college studied talent is needed to make this!

Papa McCain
02-27-2010, 05:49 PM
When I first looked at this I thought "no way is this under $20" Great job! I'll probably steal it if you don't mind!

Bethene
02-27-2010, 10:23 PM
great prop!! love the candle, looks cool- also, I agree with Rahnefan- Skellesconce is a awesome name, and very creative idea!! way to get this contest off and running!!

Twana
02-27-2010, 10:32 PM
Very impressive!!!

The Watcher
02-28-2010, 04:47 AM
You did a great job. Like a lot of the others have said, No one would have ever thought this could have been done for 20.00. It is a very nice piece.

raybdc97
02-28-2010, 03:33 PM
Nice job....but who the heck is skopko??? and where did you get the mini bucky?

operatingnurse
02-28-2010, 07:58 PM
Nice job....but who the heck is skopko??? and where did you get the mini bucky?

Please excuse my spelling. It's Shopko - http://www.shopko.com/

Sorry for the confusion.

bats
02-28-2010, 11:48 PM
Cool Piece.

hpropman
03-01-2010, 12:47 AM
Wow I have not even started mine yet. I am still flip flopping back and forth between two ideas. After seeing this I do not think that mine will stack up now. Now I have to really think of how to improve the idea or come up with something else. :devil: That's really a great piece!

NytDreams
03-01-2010, 02:32 AM
That's an excellent job! Very nice, looks far better than most of the stuff I see on the shelves at Halloween time.

Nevergoback
03-01-2010, 09:40 AM
Most awesome work!

I managed to pick up two of those mini's at Big Lots on clearance for $7.99. They cleared out their Halloween aisle two weeks before Halloween and I was lucky to find those.

We can't get the 2" foam in Houston, all I can find is the 1/2" stuff, and then I have to cut it in half to fit in the back of my vehicle. Yeah, that's the real reason I keep a razor knife in my truck!

howlin mad jack
03-01-2010, 11:18 PM
Sweet job!! They look very nice and I agree with the rest, they look much more expensive than what you made them for!

funkdaddy
03-01-2010, 11:59 PM
Very cool. Like the idea.

MacabreRob
03-03-2010, 10:53 AM
This contest has just started and I ALREADY feel like a slacker... :-P

Devil
03-06-2010, 07:44 PM
This contest has just started and I ALREADY feel like a slacker... :-P


It's not the prop getting done it's getting the post in so I can enter is my problem. I just don't post a lot but read the forum as much as I can. I just don't like posting happy faces :) to get my post count up... LOL

By the way nice prop... ! Maybe this could have be a 2nd post... LOL

ScreamingScarecrow
03-14-2010, 09:14 PM
Excellent Job!!
The Skelescone will be a challenge to top but I'm still going to enter for the first this year anyways! Thanks for setting the bar high! :)

Otaku
03-18-2010, 01:40 AM
Great prop! I would have a few of these in my home if it weren't for the fact that I'd be sleeping on the couch. With suitable lighting, this sconce would bring creepiness into any house.

morbidmike
03-18-2010, 07:50 AM
very cool great job on the painting

Lilly
03-20-2010, 12:16 PM
Good Job...A great entrance and or hallway piece(s)!

Hellrazor
03-25-2010, 01:31 PM
me likey! Great prop. I agree with Dungeon Keeper... the bar has been set pretty high!

beelce
03-30-2010, 06:15 PM
Love Him!~!

abner135
03-30-2010, 09:03 PM
Good job on your Skelesconce

kprimm
04-02-2010, 07:58 PM
Very nice work, he looks great.

STOLLOWEEN
04-04-2010, 07:41 PM
Very nice, I especially like the addition of the moss.

Volscalkur
05-01-2010, 07:58 PM
I saw this a while back when you first posted it, but I'm amazed again! That is sooo cool! I want one! I'll have to see if I can find the stuff to make one, I haven't seen good quality mini buckys like that around here!
Great job! :jol:

Dark Angel 27
05-02-2010, 12:17 AM
how did i miss this one? great piece!

Meeps
05-02-2010, 03:28 AM
Very nice! I have a couple of those skellies and was wondering what to do with them :)

jdubbya
05-03-2010, 01:40 AM
I'm just getting around to reading up on and seeing all of the contest props. I absolutely LOVE this thing! What a great concenpt for a piece. If Spirit made anything like this they'd have at least a $50.00 price tag on it. Great atmosphere prop. I think this one will be copied by a lot of folks. I know I'm going to try a couple for my castle facade. Excellent!

Dr Dark
06-21-2010, 06:08 PM
That is really nice! Beautiful stone work!!!