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Witch-Finder of Lilburn
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The Branks was a very cruel form of punishment.
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In real life, women who gossiped or swore or yelled at their husbands were punished this way. Sometimes the branks were outfitted with ass's ears or a tinkling bell to add to the victims humiliation. Sometimes they were attached to a chain and the victim's husband would lead her around thus like a dog. In my haunt concept, witches will have been punished this way for spellcasting etc.

My version is fairly over-simplified in construction but is dirt cheap. I started with a 5-gallon bucket like this one:


I used a drywall saw (on a bucket, this is much faster and easier and straighter than using a Dremel) to cut it into three bands about 2 inches wide. I left the edges ragged because I think it will add to the old and rough-hewn look once I paint it to look rusty. Then I trimmed the pieces to length, drilled holes, and bolted them together and added a hinge and a hasp.



Ignore the foam head in this; it is a work in stalled progress and probably won't be used for this prop. The other head is also still in progress.





When finished, I'm thinking of displaying it flat on a shelf but also considered attaching a chain and hanging the whole thing from the ceiling. If you have ideas/suggestions, I'm all ears. Also open to ways to make it (the branks) more creepy or more in line with my theme.

Still needs paint/rust/head/mount...



True, there is probably enough wiggle room in my version that a person could get that thing out of their mouths, though not entirely escape the branks. I could make the mouthpiece longer but probably won't. It's a simple thing made from a bucket, that's all...I think the lock, once it is in place, will make the point jump out a lot more. There was a tutorial somewhere around here for making an old looking padlock...?
 
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