This is a Halloween prop I originally made several years back, however, the original site with the instruction seems to have disappeared. The base for this prop is a shiatsu kneading massager which has two nubs/arms allowing motion for both an arm and head. The project itself is pretty simple, but most of the time will be spent tweaking the motion.
I'll go over the basics for building the guts of the prop and leave it up to you to decide how you want to finish it off.
- Drill w/ 7/64 bit
- Phillip screwdriver
- Shiatsu kneading massager
- You want to try to find one that the nub/arms are NOT at a sharp angle. Originally, I used the Homedics Shogun.
- Hanger/plumber tape (plastic)
- 2 x 2'-3' pieces
- 6 x 1 ¼" screws
- Additional 6 screws or PVC glue to secure everything.
- ¾” PVC Pipe
- 2 x 6"
- 2 x 12"
- 1 x 8"
- 2 x 45° connectors
- 1 x 90° connector
Step 1: Prepare the massager
- Cut away the cloth covering the nubs on the massager.
- Remove the the plastic nubs on the massager. If the plastic can not be removed from pole, you may need to replace them with some bolts. In the end, we want a short piece of metal stick out.
Step 2: Prepare the PVC
Now we need to assemble the PVC which will make up the neck and arm. Assemble the PVC pieces and connectors in the following order:
- Arm: 6” PVC + 90° + 12” PVC + 45° + 12” PVC
- Neck: 6” PVC + 45° + 8” PVC
Step 3: Pilot holes
Now we'll drill some pilot holes for our screws.
- On the shiatsu, drill 2 screw holes into each handle near the ends. Make sure the screws do NOT go into the electronics or interior parts of the massager!
- On the arm and neck, drill a pilot hole just below the connector on each of the 6” PVC pieces.