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Making a Prop Cryo-Pod Answered


I am currently trying to decide how to build a large "cryo-pod" prop for a theatrical production. Essentially, it has to be a large tube that I can install some kind of a door/hatch in. It must also be able to fit a person inside it. I have a lot of ideas for making the circuitry and decorations, but I am not sure how to build the chamber itself.

The budget is extremely limited. We are talking about 30-40 dollars maximum.  I was thinking of building a tube form and using papier mache, and sanding it smooth on the outside to create the cylinder. This method would take a very long time. Alternately, I was considering obtaining some kind of flexible sheet good and placing it over a frame.

Does anyone have an experience in building large cylinders like this? Any recommendations on construction materials or techniques?


Does it have to be a tube?

Could you not borrow a modernistic coffin from a local undertakers?

Modernistic coffin? I have not seen one, but after a google search I sort of want to be buried in one.

I wanted to do a tube so it didn't just look like some box that has a person stored in it. If the tube does not work out I am sure I could build a very impressive box however.

Go to any appliance store to see if you can get some big cardboard boxes. See if you can scavenge any wood like from pallets or from construction sites. You just need to make a simple door frame as the base to build your cryo-pod around. Cut out the round bulkhead shapes. You can then bend the cardboard with the corrugated "grain", crease at even intervals using a straightedge or 2x4, which is glued to the round bulkheads. This can wrap around most of the pod and you will have minimal papier mache to finish up any exposed edges. Be sure to prime the cardboard before painting or else it will suck up a lot of paint. Glue up and laminate a second or third layer to stiffen up the shape. You can even use several layers of duct tape to make the door/hatch hinges. Use a layer back to back of clear shelf paper liner to make the windows. It gives a nice fuzzy/frosted look when lit up from the inside. You can also use a clear show curtain liner or vinyl tablecloth to cover the window openings. Good luck.

Those are some good tips, I definitely like the idea of building a structure and then using paper mache as necessary to make it look right. Thanks!