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Monster Face
Posted April 11, 2007 at 06:05:13 PM by Bean in the Hallobean category
For Hallobean 2006, I built a big monsterous face to hang above my car hole. It was based roughly on a distorted image of my own face that I used for my Hallobean 7 logo. Here's the step-by-step.

First I worked off of a printout and scaled the face up a bit, adding a little more distortion and some better horns.

Next I scaled that up again, to a big piece of cardboard (from an old box). I took more cardboard and rolled it up for horns and held it all together with duct tape.

I folded the face backing so that the forehead part bulged out a bit, to reduce the amount of foam to fill in that area, then applied the first layer of spray foam. Spray foam is great stuff, literally, and it is very versitile when it comes to filling, insulating, and even forming and texturing props. After a few more layers and some crazy spray paint skills, I was done with the shell.

I embedded light sockets into the eyes and put in dim red bulbs. I also mounted small speakers in the forehead and held it all together with a generous helping of foam. The lights and sound ran up to a CD player (running a monster growling loop) and some volts by means of a motion detector. I just use the circuit from cheap security lights and drop an extension cord in place of the lightbulb socket. Keep it set on "test" and it'll run your plug for 5-30 seconds, depending on the brand.

Here's a shot of the monster face hung outside at dusk. The monster hands coming over the tombstone (it would have looked better without cars) were made out of 100% spray foam and spray paint.

The motion detection works well, and I was very happy with the overall effect.
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4 comments
fooie (April 12, 2007 at 09:31:09 AM):
i loved that monster. i never noticed the painting details in the dark. it really looks good!
stef (April 12, 2007 at 04:49:33 PM):
The neighbors often can't wait to see what new prop will adorn the house.
celeb (April 13, 2007 at 09:50:13 AM):
do you stil lahve neighbors. last time I was there every house in your neighborhood was for sale.
stef (April 13, 2007 at 09:58:53 AM):
Well, "neighbors" as in people that live across the street, down the street, around the corner, etc.
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