Trash to Treasure #13 Demon Horse/dragon

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Introduction: Trash to Treasure #13 Demon Horse/dragon

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

Step 4: Build It 2, the Wings

I took about a 12' piece of the cable and formed a U shape then bent up the last 8 inches or so at 90 degrees, I wired that bent section into the body just behind the neck and bent the "wings" into an arch. After stripping the outter casing I unwound 4 wires at a time to make the inner branches of the wings and cut off any extras

Step 5: Build It 3, the Head

I used single and double strands of the wire to shape the head and neck, this was the most difficult and frustrating part. The first time it looked like a dog, next an anteater, after 4 or 5 times I got a shape I could live with. I also added in some spikes just because my granbrats decided it was a dragon

Step 6: Skin It !

in this case we are APPLYING skin not removing it. The plastic wrap I had found kind of stuck to itself (especially when I didn't want it to) but came lose in areas so I broke out the hot glue again. Basically I would cut off a section about 3 feet long, lay it in place and heat it up, in some areas I was able to wrap it in several layers. The wings were the most dangerous because of the hot glue wanting to drip from the bottom of the branches as I was trying to press the plastic up in place! Notice the dangling piece below the jaw, I was thinking dragon beard but the 3yo says its the dragons tongue...so it's a tongue !

Step 7: Paint

what color is a dragon/demon spirit horse? Yeah I don't know either but the green was kind of cool just too see thru. I reached for the spray cans, black, brown, red, florescent orange (5yo said there HAD to be ORANGE) and just started randomly spraying until the majority was covered .

  I'm not sure if this will go IN the HAUNT or get set up somewhere out front. I'd still like to make the hearse but we open in less than a week and i have a dozen other projects that need to be finished... ACK !

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    You have the makings of a sweet Jersey Devil there, sir:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Jersey_Devil_Philadelphia_Post_1909.jpg

    Having been born and raised in South Jersey I am very familiar with the legend of the Jersey Devil, I suppose the wings and neck sound somewhat like some descriptions of the Jersey Devil. Thank you for leaving a comment

    Yeah....it looked a lot like a sketch from a late-19th or early-20th century news article I saw about the cryptid. I normally check out your food 'ibles when I want something tasty and relatively easy to make for din-din. You have yet to steer me in the wrong direction, sir. French fry tater salad....'nuff said.

    now look what ya done did... went an made me blush.... LMAO...... I'm glad you enjoy my gustatory experimentations , I want people to understand its OK to play with your food !

    Looks very nice! And I love your phrase "possibilium pile". ^_^

    Thank you for leaving a comment. I heard a similar word on a tv show and adapted it to possibilum because my scrap piles are a source of endless possibilities. The dragon got a lot of attention from the kids in line for our home haunt and my granbrats love it;. Now I have to find a place to store it !