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The Indentured Soul

05-01-2010, 12:23 AM
The Indentured Soul

The concept is that I will make a cheaper version of the Jackal head cage and place that on a ghost with chains and shackles on the wrists. I plan on making the head out of a recycled milk jug that will be distorted with a heat gun and embellished with papier mache*and papier mache clay.

The head cage is made out of a recycled Miller Light 12-pack box.

Placed some guide lines on the box for cutting with a razor knife

Cut some wire to form the bent out bars of the front of the cage. I used tape to hold the distance of the wire when gluing, it worked really well to keep a consistent bend and spacing.

Hot glue on the cage bars

Add with a few layers of mache

The hands started out as tracings of my forearms and hands on cardboard.

Then the arms/hands were built up with newspaper. Once built them up I bent them into the shape I wanted.

When I was happy with the pose I covered them in two layers of paper mache.

Covered the hands with paper towels to give a wrinkled texture

Made the shackles that will go around the wrists out of toilet paper tubes

For the head, First used a heat gun to melt a plastic milk jug

Then covered the whole thing in paper mache.

Add some papier mache clay to build up the features of the head

Build up the shoulders of the ghost from some recycled packing material and a recycled parmesan cheese container. If all goes as planned I can use the cheese container to place the whole ghost over top of a post. I have it covered in papeir mache strips (4 layers so far) but I have left an opening for the cheese container.

Coat the entire shoulder mount in mache as well as hook on two sections of salvaged PVP pipe that will be able to run wire through for the arms.

Once everything had dried I ran to the salvation army and scored some great finds. I found hair in the form of some twisted over-sized Barbi, the chains for the restraints were made out of shower curtain hooks, and some old curtains worked perfect for the body.

The Barbi was scalped and the hair was hot glued to the top of the indentured souls head. Next came painting. Everything was painted black to start. The head cage and chains were dry brushed with white and then a wash of a rusty color was added to that. *The hands and head had greenish/silver wash added to them after the dry brushing.

Here are some of the final pics (Sorry I suck at photography!):

So what was the damage?

Recycled Miller lite 12 pack box - free
Recycled toilet paper tubes - free
Recycled*Milk Jug - Free
2 Foot long glue sticks - 2.00
Shower curtain hooks - .50
Recycled Newspaper - Free
Curtain - 3.00
Flour 4 cups - 1.00
Cellulose insulation - 1.00? *A few hand fulls out of a gigantic bag.
Glow sticks for photo shoot (in head) - 1.00
Barbi Head - .80
Utility Wire 4 feet - 1.50
Twine - 6 feet - .50
Recycled/Scrap PVC Pipe - 5 feet - 2.02 new @ 30% scrap value - .60
Recycled Packing foam - Free
Recycled*Parmesan*Cheese container - Free
1/2 roll of Masking Tape - .50
Paint - black less than 1/4 of a pint - 1.25 (found on returned shelf at lowes for 5 bucks)
Paint - Green/Red/Silver/Blue Acrylic - less than one whole bottle - 1.50
Recycled*Corrugated*card board - Free
Total 15.15

A more complete tutorial and more detailed photos can be found on my blog,

05-01-2010, 10:00 PM
I always liked the jackel in 13 ghosts, and yours looks very cool!

05-01-2010, 10:10 PM
What a sacrifice you must have made to get that Miller Lite box :) Great use of thrift store finds, I especially like the shower curtain hooks used for chain. Good idea to use glow sticks to make the face glow from the inside...the plastic milk jug reflects the light very nice. A black light would make that curtain glow really nice when its displayed in your yard. Great job, glad you made the deadline...and yay two props in the HF contest this year from Midland, MI....good going.

05-01-2010, 10:10 PM
Fantastic! Love the idea of the shower curtain chains - they look great.

05-01-2010, 10:31 PM
Cool prop!

05-01-2010, 11:41 PM
Nice job on this one.

05-01-2010, 11:46 PM
Wow that is really cool and different. I like it!

Dark Angel 27
05-01-2010, 11:59 PM
boy is this going to be a difficult descision!

that poor barbie...was it one of those styler head ones. i see so many of those at good will..oh and nice use of the miller lite box!

05-02-2010, 03:54 AM
Great Prop! I too liked the Jackel in 13 ghosts.

05-02-2010, 08:22 AM
Great job. That's one of my favorite movies. LOVE the shower curtain hooks for a chain! I may have to borrow that idea!

05-02-2010, 04:12 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone! Dark Angel 27, yup it was one of the creepy styler heads. I tried bleaching the hair by soaking it in bleach water overnight but it stayed the same color, but scalping her worked really well to preserve the direction of the hair.

howlin mad jack
05-02-2010, 05:15 PM
Nice job Apetoes, I would never have thought to use one of those Barbie make-up heads for a base prop!! I might have to borrow my daughters barbie head for a prop idea!!! You think she'll notice?

05-02-2010, 08:23 PM
Very nice job on this with an excellent job of the material resources. I agree with others, love the shower curtain ring chain. Very well done:)

05-02-2010, 10:13 PM
Very cool. Now you can be honest. The reason for the beer box was just an excuse right? "But honey I have to go buy some beer for the prop. It needs the box!"

05-05-2010, 11:23 AM
Wildcat, you're on to me, but after using that excuss on the third case she caught on.

05-05-2010, 01:27 PM
Great Job..those curtain hooks good idea!!

Devils Chariot
05-06-2010, 09:11 PM
That thing is going to look scary in the dark! I like the glowing mouth and eyes. great idea for chains - looks cool and doesn't weight too much like real chain links. Nice work!

The Evil Queen
05-09-2010, 03:35 AM
Dude I see your prop walking around the NHC! She had a MASSIVE drooling problem.