Painting the repairs…more to follow.

Hi everyone.  This is a quick follow up to the last post, Repairing the Damage as well as a prelude to the final post tomorrow (Hallowe’en night).  As long as this Frankenstorm and Sandy doesn’t knock out my power I will show you the final assembly.  Be careful and be prepared if you can for these storms. Stay safe.


My idea ( for what it’s worth ) was to underpaint the structure with a greenish/aqua tint because the whole thing is based on a 1960’s horror thriller.  The final black, gray ,white ( monochromatic ) finish would be given a slight touch of magenta.  Magenta being that reddish hue we see on old TV sets .  Also the aqua green undertone would help neutralize the reddish hint while hiding the foam pink that any camera flashes might reach in and expose.



It was a little difficult getting the hues to match.  The original grey paint was several years old and you can notice a slight shade of difference.  Here’s a final shot below.

So any ideas or guesses yet as to what movie I may have taken this from?  Don’t be afraid to guess.  After all it’s not like I’ll send Mother after you. Okay.  Tomorrow night then if the weather permits I will show you the entire display.  Maybe it’s just that I have one of those faces you can’t help believing. Another clue , by the way.  Later.


Or how to  make a giant spider living in your stairway!

Below you’ll see some shots of how to assemble giant spider legs.  These are made from 4 store bought grim reaper  scythes (claws/talons), several foam pipe insulators ( 4 small -3 ft and 4 larger ones-6ft), about 5 cans of spray insulator foam, black , brown and silver spray paint, faux fur, clear vinyl tubes and wooden dowels.

First you cut a slit in the foam insulator and then insert the claw into the slit and hot glue it.  Clothes pins were temporary holds.  Trim off the excess grey plastic from the claw (heel). Outside lean the legs against a backdrop to catch overspray of foam.  The legs must be as horizontal as you can get them for the foam to stick.  With the larger upper leg parts I laid them on the grass.  This will take several coats. Let them dry some in between coats. Next take them outside and wearing a filter mask spray paint them.

Four of  the knees are made with this dowel and vinyl hose arrangement.

The four other knee joints were made by simply cutting a slit in the 6 ft foam insulators.  This allows the knees to bend without using dowels and hose.  In other words start to cut the pipe insulator as if you were going to cut it in half but only cut half way through allowing the pipe insulator to bend.

The legs are suspended with twine and fishing line.  I spun some fake webbing around the base of the legs to ‘hide’ the obvious fact that there is no more to the spider illusion than the legs.  You could hang strips of black material as well.  I was also planning on experimenting with a curtain rod ( telescopic type) that would span the opening of the stairs.  The legs then could have ‘dangled’ from this move-able rod.  Another tip is to use H2O Krylon low odor spary paint.  It dries really fast and leaves little noticeable fumes.

A final combined photo that includes some friends of my daughter that enjoyed Boris the Spider during her Hallowe’en party. This is a project I wanted to undertake for a couple of years and I’m glad I got a chance to do it.  Hope you enjoyed it and that it gives you some ideas for your own projects.  You can adapt things to what you have on hand.  You could use flexible (accordian) hose for knees, etc.  I also inserted small dowels in each section of leg to help strengthen them.  Good luck!  Happy Hallowe’en!!!!!