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RoxyBlue
04-29-2010, 12:50 AM
'Tis a little known fact that Baron Von Frankenstein had an illegitimate half-cousin on his mother's side twice removed, of the family Bluckenstein, who also dabbled in the fine art of reanimation. Herr Bluckenstein, though ambitious, was of poor estate and could only afford to pay for bodies of deceased circus midgets, which he supplemented with spare parts from the local equivalent of a Home Depot. As a result, his monster was never as imposing, and nowhere near as terrifying, as that of his wealthier distant relative.

Without further ado, I present...The Bobblehead Bluckenstein.

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Bluckenstein – How I Did It


Free Stuff

Newspaper strips
Wire clothes hanger (2)
Scrap cardboard

Not Free But Cheap Stuff

Dollar Store blucky skull = $1.00
Extension spring (7/16” x 10.25” x 0.047”) = $3.35
Pool noodle (4.5” piece) = $0.14
Hex bolt (1/4’ x 1.5”, 2 each) = $0.60
White glue, few drops = $0.05
Cotton ball (1 each) = $0.01
Paper towel, 2 ply (11” x 11”, 5 each) = $0.10
White flour (2 cups) = $0.75
Duct tape (1.5 ft) = $0.10
Masking tape (2.5 ft) = $0.06
Twine (1 ft) = $0.05
Sealant (approx. 10% of an 8oz bottle) = $0.60
Paint (gray “oops” latex paint base; variety of acrylic colors including black, coffee bean, toffee, chocolate brown, English ivy green, hunter green, sandstone, pure bronze, royal violet) – small quantities of each, so let’s be generous and say $1.00

TOTAL = $7.81

Summary of build – The extension spring was attached to the head by passing it through a hole cut in the bottom of the skull and inserting the loop at the end of the spring into a slit cut in the top of the head. A strip of cardboard passed through the loop and taped into place secured it.

The body framework was made from two coat hangers, bent roughly into shape for the arms and legs. The hook end of the upper hanger was straightened out and inserted into one end of the spring (very important – you need to do this in order to give some stability to the spring; otherwise the head tends to tip over too much).

A short piece of pool noodle was used to bulk out the torso. The hands and the soles of the shoes were cut from scrap cardboard and taped into place. The body was then bulked out with newspaper to give shape. A strip of cardboard was taped to the top of the head and an oval piece of cardboard used for the crown of the head to mimic the classic high square head look typical of Frankenstein’s monster. A cotton ball was used to bulk out the forehead over the eyes. Holes were drilled into the jaw on either side and the bolts inserted.

The entire piece was given two layers of flour/water papier mache - newspaper strips for the first layer and one ply of paper toweling for the second. The papier mache clothing was fashioned from two-ply paper toweling, cutting pieces in pattern shapes to fit (having some knowledge of garment construction comes in handy here). The entire piece was sealed, given a base coat of gray interior latex paint, then painted with acrylics.

A slideshow of the build:

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And yes, his head does bobble:

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DeathTouch
04-30-2010, 04:56 PM
He is soooo cute!

Uruk-Hai
04-30-2010, 05:03 PM
That's great!!! Love him. Best use for a Blucky... ever!

hpropman
04-30-2010, 05:18 PM
Wow a Bobble head! what a great idea from our very own post ho queen! I love him and the music matched perfectly.

Spooky1
04-30-2010, 05:35 PM
Yes those were my hands with the drill! :)

Roxy had a lot of fun making this guy. I think he came out great. I think we should take him with us on trips and have him photographed everywhere we go. :)

Joiseygal
04-30-2010, 06:29 PM
LOL...great job Roxy! I love him. :) He is cool you should mount him on the back console of your car so drivers behind you can appreciate it. Love it!

Haunted Bayou
04-30-2010, 06:46 PM
"Bobble-Head Franken-Blucky" rocks!

Pun intended

STOLLOWEEN
04-30-2010, 08:37 PM
He's one cool dude...love the bobblehead concept, he has a ton of character...I like!

heresjohnny
04-30-2010, 10:22 PM
I can see that guy travelling on your dashboard.

GothicCandle
04-30-2010, 10:32 PM
ooooo I like it!!


(poor circus midgets...lol)

Jaybo
04-30-2010, 11:55 PM
LOL! I love it! You got me grinning from ear to ear. There's something about a bobble head that just makes you smile. Now, make the rest of the classic Universal monsters and some music instruments. Then you can film them all playing the Monster Mash! It's a graveyard smash!

Great job!

RoxyBlue
05-01-2010, 12:24 AM
Thanks for the kind comments, guys! This little guy had me laughing so many times as I was working on him.

HJ & Joisey, I get enough tailgaters as it is without the added distraction of a bouncing blucky staring back at them:D

Jaybo, I was informed by one of my co-workers that Bluckenstein needs a mate - so perhaps a Bride of Bluckenstein is a possibility:) I think I'll need a bigger spring to support that beehive hairdo, though.

Dark Angel 27
05-01-2010, 02:50 AM
once again, I bow down to the queen of papermache and post-whoring. I love this bobble head!

and i would absolutely love to see his undead bride!

Zurgh
05-01-2010, 03:17 AM
...I think we should take him with us on trips and have him photographed everywhere we go. :)

YES! Make it a parody of the roaming gnome commercials, too. Great job, RoxyB!

ScreamingScarecrow
05-01-2010, 06:21 AM
LOVED this little guy! I just loved watching the the prop come to life in the video! I could totally feel the creator's love & pride as he took shape!

Wildcat
05-01-2010, 09:53 AM
Looks Awesome.

HauntDaddy
05-01-2010, 11:07 AM
Great idea!!! Never in 1 million years would I have thought to make a bobble head!!!

Haunted Bayou
05-01-2010, 11:12 AM
YES! Make it a parody of the roaming gnome commercials, too. Great job, RoxyB!

That is what I was thinking too.

fritz42_male
05-01-2010, 02:11 PM
Good choice on the music too!

Volscalkur
05-01-2010, 06:30 PM
Wow Roxy! Bluckenstein turned out amazingly cool!
A bobble head is such a creative idea too! If I still had my 66 I'd love to put him on my dash. :cool:
Bride of Bluckenstein is a great idea! Poor lil guy is lonely! :p
The roaming gnome idea is awesome!

IMU
05-01-2010, 07:56 PM
Yeah ... he's finished. GREAT JOB! :)

morbidmike
05-01-2010, 08:22 PM
great job Roxy he's so cool

Spooklights
05-02-2010, 01:41 AM
I SO need this in the back window of my car!

fick209
05-02-2010, 08:56 PM
What a wonderful, unique, creative idea. He is awesome:D

Johnny Thunder
05-03-2010, 02:17 PM
As I said this weekend to you, great job!

Lilly
05-05-2010, 01:36 PM
haha ..bobble heads rock..great job Roxy..

halloween71
05-05-2010, 03:59 PM
So cool!!!

beelce
05-05-2010, 11:35 PM
Your work makes me smile Roxy.....I love him

bobzilla
05-06-2010, 12:22 AM
Nice job Rox !!! :)

Creep Cringle
05-06-2010, 10:13 AM
Not only is the bobble head great but even the set up story was great!

RoxyBlue
05-06-2010, 11:06 AM
Thanks again, everyone! He was fun to make and I still smile every time I see him:)

Devils Chariot
05-06-2010, 08:58 PM
I love the cardigan! Very fun prop Roxy! I like it!