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Old 09-25-2008
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Default I need to Make a Tall and Scary Scarecrow

Let me start off by saying hi,

I just joined haunt forum and am really looking forward to meeting all of you and learning all of your tricks of the trade.

Back on topic, I saw a scarecrow online that was by far the most amazing scarecrow i have ever seen. I don;t want to replicate it because that was his creation but i want to create something similar to it.

Here is a link to the guys website and the picture of the scarecrow i want to recreate.

http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/06_props_13.html

I have never built any props before in my life but if i could just build this guy i don't care if i don't build anything else this year. My main question is how do you think he made the face? It looks so perfect and i don't believe it is a mask. I tried emailing the guy but haven't heard back from them yet. Since Halloween won't wait for me i need to figure out a way to build a scarecrow of my own.

I can assume that the body is more than likely make from chicken wire. Its probably coated with monster mud to keep it hard. After its dried i'm sure its painted. Than layered with pieces of Burlap. As for the lower part of the body i can tell that they used spray foam and it looks like they might have mixed some straw and rope into the mix. Once that dried they painted it. The hands are made from coathangers and electrical tape. The hat looks to be hand made. To finish it off i would need to get a trench coat (just because it looks really good that way).

I just can't figure the head. If it is made from chicke wire then i am blown away even more. I am also SOL. I mean i am talented and all but thats like hollywood quality. I though about using a mask but its not the same. Then i thought about using manican's head but it still wouldn't be the same.

Now i am thinking about using one of my prop skulls and putting a burlap bad over it. Then i want to rip part of the burlap bag to expose some of the skull (like the eye socket or something).

I am open to any and all ideas.

Thanks a lot,

Nick
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That is kevin 242 from this forum... maybe he will see your post and let you know.
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No Way!

That is Awesome. *crosses fingers*
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If you haven't seen this, visit pumpkinrot.com for inspiration! amazing scarecrows!
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I will be sure to check it out. Thanks a lot!
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That pumpkin Rot was amazing. I wonder if those were paper mached *spelling?* or if that was just tape that they painted over. Either way they looked good.
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The original entry post is still in the challenge archives:

http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=3931

There is a list of all materials used.
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Thanks a lot Stolloween!!

That was just what i needed. Thanks again!!
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Hey Nick,
This is how we made the face
1. cover a prop head with aluminum foil
2. mix white (elmers) glue with a small amount of water in a shallow pan
3. put on gloves
4. lay some burlap into the pan, soaking it
5. lay wet burlap on prop head, contouring the fabric to the face
6. let dry
7. brush on a second coat of glue
8. let dry
9. remove the prop head, paint and enjoy!

The scarecrow armature is just two straight branches screwed and tied together with rope.
We used chicken wire to form the shape of the head and torso.
The hat was made the same way as the face only that we used a hat-shaped birdhouse for the form.
We got an old trench coat from our local thrift store and put it on him
Great stuff spray foam finishes the rotten effect.
I hope this helps you Nick and anyone else who wants to build one!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Kevin i PMd you. Thanks a lot!
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