Step 4: Add the Bail / Handle and Stand to the Cauldron

Photo 1: The bail consists of a 1/4 inch solid steel rod that has threads cut on one end.  The rod is covered with half inch aluminum tubing.  Both were bent together to form the semi-circular bail.  The bail was attached to one side of the cauldron to the eyebolt by a threaded union.  Since the other side could  not be threaded into the union (I suppose a turnbuckle could have been used but I did not want to have the look of a turnbuckle as part of the bail) so I ground down about an inch of the rod to a smaller diameter and slipped it into the union then drilled a hole through both and installed a cotter-pin to secure it in place.  

Photo 2:  The stand is just a plastic flower pot that had the bottom cut off.  A circle of plywood was cut to match the diameter of the flower pot and the sides were duct taped to it to give added strength.  V-shaped openings were cut up the sides to allow 'fire light' from a red incandescent lamp that would be located inside the base to shine out onto the logs stacked around it.  The stand is intended to carry the majority of the weight of the cauldron and liquid.  But the bail also needs to be used to steady the cauldron as the liquid tray makes the cauldron top heavy.
Did you have any trouble with the liquid flowing back into the pump and clogging it?
No problems with back flow as the holes in the liquid tray are fairly small and the air pump has a substantial output; made for larger aquariums. However, if you are concerned it is easy to put in an air check valve and prevent any problems. <br> <br>Thanks for the question.
Thanks everyone for the nice compliments!
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
Very smart! Love this - totally want to create something similar this year, Thanks for the inspiration!! :)
Wow your really talented, It's impressive to see all your work come to life in your pictures. I enjoyed reading how you made this.
Oh like this. I wish I had the patience to undertake this project.
What an amazing illusion! It looks so real!
So cool I wish I thought of that!
this was an excellent instructable!
Hello there, this is a great unstructable! <br> <br>Could you please answer a couple of questions: <br> <br>How do you smooth layers of toilet paper papier mache? <br> <br>How do you make your newspaper papier mache so smooth? <br> <br>Thank you.
Thanks for the question.<br><br>Only newspaper was used to make the shape of the cauldron. If you take a single sheet of newspaper, cut it into strips and dip them in liquid starch (the type used in the laundry for making washed shirts crisp; i.e. starched). when they are pretty saturated with the liquid starch they smooth down quite well. <br><br>When I pull a strip out of the liquid starch I 'squeegee' it through my fingers to remove excess liquid then place it and smooth it down. I have had very good results. There is a optimum time to let the newspaper sit in the starch, too short and ti will not stick or smooth well, too long and it falls apart too easily. Some trial and error works well here.<br><br>You have to be sure not to use too wide of strips as the curvature of the balloon will cause 'puckers' on the sides of the strip since is will not lay flat.<br><br>Good Luck!<br><br>
adding to favorites, this could be really cool if we do another witch scene next year.. Great &quot;ible&quot;
Awesome! Great Halloween decoration!
Thanks! It was fun to make.

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