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Just as a second possible method for making chain other then mache I used vinyl tubing and wood dowels. Cutting the tubing to about 4-5 inches and a 1 inch stick of dowell that fits the inside diameter as a coupling, I made some 3/8's and 1/2 inch chain links. Overall cost was aprox $1 per foot. Using a garden pruner to cut the dowel and the tubing, assembly was fast and easy. The chain may hold about a pound or so and glue added to the dowels would increase the break strength. It is totally weather proof, wont break like foam, safe around kids. lite weight and should have a life span greater then yours.
That cheap 1/2 green garden hose that normally only last for one season would make excellent large size link with only the cost of the dowel for a coupler.
Mache chain, which is cheaper, would work well indoors. But this stuff you could throw into the water if you wanted to, and would be less prone to breakage during storage or use. A bit more money but a great shelf life. Just an other way to do it. Thanks for the inspiration Lily.
 

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thanks Bone Dancer, do you have any pics of your chain. I'm curious as to what they look like.
 

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Sorry I have to borrow a digetal camera to take some pics of the other projects i have in the works, so maybe by this weekend I will have something.
Unless Slimy would buy me a $700 camera for me.
 

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Thanks for the info on the cheap camera max. I can get that while i wait for the $700 one that slimy is sending me.
 

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heresjohnny said:
Awesome idea BD, now that I read the entire post I see that you already mention cheap garden hose (Doh!), I gonna have to try this. Anything special about painting garden hose?
I would think any spray enamel should work, nothing special
 

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Just 'cause you live up in the sticks doesn't mean you can't come up with a cool idea.

I'm a proud Michigander! lol
Jeff, the sticks dont start until you are north of the bridge. I prefer to think of my area as peaceful and private and away from you city dewellers. lol
 

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when cheap styrofoam or plastic fake chains are available, Why would you go through the trouble of making it?
I can only speak for myself on this, but for me I can usually build things far cheaper than I can buy them, and I enjoy building new things and learning what I can as I go along. I picture an old ruined hose, some sticks picked up in the woods, with the only cost being the spray enamel (.99 at WalMart). The thing that is great about BD's idea is that it sounds fast!

I could just as easily take the time I work on props and work overtime, and buy lots of gerat props that way. Lots of people do that and I sometimes think that is the smart way. For me I would rather spend the extra time building props.

I would like to know what you consider cheap for fake chains, if the price is good I may have to go buy some!
 

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when cheap styrofoam or plastic fake chains are available, Why would you go through the trouble of making it?
Also, cheap is a relative term. with one kid in college, and another teenager at home, and an ever present mortgage, to me a 5' or 6' length of either plastic or foam prop chain at $7 and up is no bargain. I'm not a fan of any foam chain because it's way too fragile. I'd have to see what painting BD's type of chain would be like to say if it's viable. I've repainted chain before, and it can be a hassle if it needs to be done yearly, but it's worth an experiment.
 

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Vlad I will let you know how the painting goes as soon as i can.
 
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