Turn that weepy-looking music book stand into a creepy-looking spell book stand.
I was tired of seeing our awsomely animated spellbook propped up on an un-inspiring spindly stand and figured I'd spike it up a bit. One of my easier projects as it involved only a few inexpensive parts and a few hours of my time.
Step 1: MATERIALS
- generic music stand
- spell book (any book will do), I happened to have an animated book
- bag-O-bones (any equally creepy props will do)
- small skulls
- hot glue / hot glue gun
Step 2: ASSEMBLY
I wanted to maintain the stand's ability to fold up for easier storage but soon realized the once I started glueing there was no going back. The best I'll be able to do is remove the book platform as a single piece. Oh well.
Using plastic bones, I hot-glued them starting with the feet, working up from the stand base. This allowed me to interlock the bones as best as possible as I moved upward and adjust the stand height in relation to the larger leg bones.
The neck bone was hollow so I simply cut a slice in the bottom and passed it over the bookstand center column and the head was hot-glued in place. Note that the skull has an upward tilt due to the curvature of the neck bone. Had I turned the neck bone the opposite direction, the skull would have a more forward facing glare, but the neck bones would have been anatomically incorrect. Hey, I only go for realism. Either way worked fine as I'm sure only paleontologists and osteologists would have picked up on it.
The platform where the book rests was misaligned so I raised its outeredge height by gluing on a scary scorpion.
the arm bone connected to the, hand bone (I feel a song coming on), And a few creepy skulls on the ends for good measure.
Step 3: THE END
The SkeleStand was set up next to our Oh So Funny Witch and now fits the scene.
I'm very happy with the results as it created the impact I was seeking. This was an easy one.
Finished video can be seen here https://youtu.be/ZKrQKbcORZw