This has been a 2 year project, it didn't take 2 years to build but it started for LAST halloween and didn't work out, there are only around 7 hours involved in this actual piece
Step 1: History
the original idea for this project started several years ago, I had in mind something along the lines of the steads in the Harry Potter movie that pull the coach but mine would be pulling a floating "hearse". I went to my possibilium pile and pulled out some pvc pipe, some electrical cable and assorted bits and pieces then set to work building a frame. Well, the material wasn't strong enough for the size of the creature and it started to bend and warp. I shelved the project until I found different materials. ( I still like the bleach bottle "hoofs" idea)
Step 2: Materials
fast forward a few months and I found a couple of large Christmas reindeer and the gears started turning again, then I found a roll of package wrapping (like saran wrap) a little electrical cable to fill in some areas, a length of pvc to make the legs longer and a heat gun and I was ready to GO !
Step 3: Build it
First I wanted it a little taller and an extra bend in the legs so I cut off about 12" sections of pvc that slipped over the legs, heated it with a heat gun and bent it. I slipped the extensions on and added some hot glue to temporarily hold them in place. One of the reindeer had an stationary neck and one had a moving straighter neck, I only had to bend one wire to mate the 2 neck and heads but now it was front heavy ! Ok time to add a tail, I used about a 7' piece of aluminum electrical cable to form the top of the tail and ran it up inside the body, a couple of shorter pieces made the sides. I then took some scraps of wire and extended the haunches and wired everything together