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Son of Buster: Manually operated cracking tombstone prop.







My entry for the HauntForum $20 Prop Challenge is a companion piece to my 2010 entry titled "Buster Gravesley."

Buster Gravesley had a son named Buster Jr.

Buster's son was a gnarly surfer dude head banging sort of guy, always on the look out for the perfect wave. Unfortunately Buster Jr. met his end in the jaws of a Great White Shark and joined his father in the afterlife where he still raises Hell every chance he gets and never misses an opportunity to break free from the confines of his rotting grave. Like father, like son …. Meet Son of Buster.



The Son of Buster Prop was built almost entirely from recycled materials and papier mache. The prop features a mechanism which allows it to be manually operated. When operated the tombstone cracks in half revealing the Son of Buster creature lurking behind the tombstone. This piece had to be created for under $20 dollars so the hardware choices were economical, if you plan on building this I would suggest using additional material resulting in a sturdier prop (such as larger hinges, etc.). Son of Buster took approximately 30 hours to create over the course of a month. This was a fun build and there was a fair amount of experimentation and new techniques in regards to creating the head and the hands. The final prop stands about 3 ½ feet tall and is 2 feet wide.

Here's a link to the prop in action.


Here's a link to the tutorial.

http://www.stolloween.com/?page_id=6927

Here's the cost breakdown.

Free Items:
Newspaper
Corrugated Cardboard and Food Packaging Cardboard (Cereal Boxes)
Plastic Milk Jugs

Non-Free Items:
10 lbs of flour at $1.98 per 5lb pounds = $3.96
24 Hot Glue Sticks at .10 cents each = $2.40
4 feet duct tape 55 yards for $4.97= .12
50 feet Bailer Twine at 300 ft for $2.28 =$.38
1/20th (approximation) Bag Cellulose Fiber Insulation at $6.48 per bag =$.32
1 oz Avocado Acrylic Paint (dry brushing) 4oz for $1.00 = $.25
1 oz Fire Engine Red Acrylic Paint (dry brushing) 4oz for $1.00 = $.25
1 oz Yellow Acrylic Paint (dry brushing) 4oz for $1.00 = $.25
1 Cup Black Latex (base coat, diluted with water) 1 gallon at $15.00 per gallon=$.94
½ cup White Latex Primer (dry brushing) 1 gallon at $12.00 per gallon = $.38
4 Craft Sticks 100 for $1.00 = $.04
2 lbs Joint Compound Recycled Drywall Screws at 63lbs for $10.65 = $.39
7.22 sq. ft Recycled Plywood at .20 per sq. foot = $1.40
22 Recycled Drywall Screws new50 @$2.77 x .3 = $.37
10 Office Staples 1000 for $1.00+.01
1 Cup White Glue 1 gallon for $12.00 = $.75
2 Recycled 2" Hinges at $2.05 x .3 =$.62
2 -L-Brackets at $1.18 new x.3 =$.70
Black Fabric approx 1sq. yard from Salvation Army Thirft Store=$.75
24 inches 2x4 scrap lumber at .08 per foot =$1.90
81 inches 1x2 scrap lumber at .03 per foot =$2.40
1 recycled bolt $1.13 new x .3 = .34
¼ roll of masking tape at $.50 = $.13
2 sheets of paper towel at 200 sheets for $1.00 = $.01
2 feet of string at 100 feet for $1.00 = $.02
1 foot of rebar wire for 300 feet for $3.79 = $.13

TOTAL COST= $19.21
 

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Wait a minute - did you forget to include the cost of the laborer who presses the lever?:googly:

I LOVE this guy, and I love the old fashioned use of a mechanical action on him. Bravo, Stoll!

Oh, and this is another piece that departs slightly from your usual "look" for your props, which means your wife must love it, too:)
 

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Holy "freaking" smoke, that is Hot!
 

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Thanks everyone...yes Roxy, my wife liked it quite a bit...I wasn't sold on it until it was fully assembled. I will post some better shots of the simple mechanics...I finished it last evening, took the photos and video at dusk and didn't get a chance to get decent photos of the way it's put together.
 

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Awww man this is great. Love it.
 

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Awesome! Another fine character.
Love your craft Stolloween!
The larger than life details and textures are so pleasing to the eye.
Good luck!
 

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Incredible! I would expect no less from you...I sooo admire your genius and of course your artistic ability! You are truly an inspiration.
 

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What can I say that hasn't already been said? Stoll, that is one awesome entry! I love his face and his nails.
 

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I expected nothing but top of the line props from you and you once again awed me. I bow to your paper mache genius. I only wish I had the skills you do. Congrats on a beautiful piece.
 

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THAT is amazing! Words fail me really - sensational work Scott!
 
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