Introduction: Weeping Angel Monument
Finalist in the
Halloween Decorations Contest
Second Prize in the
Halloween Photo Instructable Contest
This is a static prop of a weeping angel based on a real monument design. This is a popular cemetery monument look that we wanted to duplicate. The prop consists of a wood base covered in foam and a chicken wire and wood body covered in monster mud sheets with a foam head, arms, and carved foam wings. The hair is done with paper towels and monster mud. The entire prop is painted with exterior latex house paint (black base coat with light and dark grey detail painting).
The head is a common female foam wig head. The arms were purchased from Ghost Ride Productions as a custom order to have their stock foam rubber female arms cast in rigid foam. We cut the left arm at the elbow and bent it 90 degrees and then used 2 part expanding foam to reattach it and sanded it out to look real. We also cut the right hand at the wrist and bent it and reshaped it too.
The body is made with a simple 2x4 frame and then chicken wire attached to add form. The chicken wire is covered in bubble wrap to hide the wire shapes. We used a couple of flat cotton sheets and soaked them in a 4:1 mixture of drywall compound and exterior latex paint. We then formed the dress around the body and let it dry.
The wings are made from 2" white rigid insulation that comes in 4'x8' sheets. We layered the foam and then cut, sanded and shaped it. We glued some wing feather shapes to it and others we carve out of the foam to create the right look. We drilled 7/8" holes in the sides and inserted 1/2" PVC pipe and used 2 part expanding foam to secure them in place. The PVC pipes are inserted into holes into the back of the body to hold the wings in place.
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