Saturday, September 23, 2006

How I made the Bat stanchions

First I sculpted the bat out of sculpey. For reference, I took my video camera with Night vision into the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and took video capturing the details in close-up-so scaled 1-to-1/actual size and it's pretty close to being "on-model" as they say in my biz.)




Then I took it to a friend who helped me make a mold out of silicon (which captures every single detail-even fingerprints! That's how accurate it is!)







When they came out, they turned out great! They were made to fit onto a standard size PVC pipe. The Halloween that I made these, I was in a hurry. They were finished literally the night before Halloween. My friend showed up with them and I thought they were going to be cast in a hard resin but because of time (again) he only had time to have them cast in self-skinning foam (like a NERF footbal, etc.) I tried mounting them onto the PVC but as soon as I connected a chain between them, they slumped over because they didn't have enough strength. So I had to stick a metal pole inside of them to give them a frame/structure (the wings still sag, though).

I also faux-finished them to look like brass by first painting them with a base coat of black paint then dabbing a gold color over the black. (people think they are for real until they touch them.)

Here's the finished product.



13 comments:

Taylordisney said...

Hi,
I am also a Huge Haunted Mansion fan and I found an awsome site called haunted Portraits that has actual blueprints of the Haunted Mansions so it could help you with later projects.
Thanks

Casey said...

Hi James,

My name is Casey, actually used to live in Glendale (my dad still does, on Don Carlos). I'm a huge HM fan and run a big haunted house in FL, where I now live (http://www.shallowvalley.com). I'm very interested in getting some pulls from your bat stanchion molds, would that be possible? My e-mail address is cpaquet@gmail.com

Thanks,
Casey

Randolph said...

Hello, James. My name is Greg Stone, and I also work in the industry. Props, molds, models, makeup, etc. and I was the first person to walk into the Haunted Mansion on 8/9/69. I'm also featured in "the story of the Haunted Mansion" DVD by "Extinct Attractions". If there is any mold making services you need, or access to HM stuff, please drop me a line at "Firstresident@gmail.com" Talk to you later, Greg

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Kim Wilson said...

Hi,
I would also like to know if you sell pulls of these? They are fabulous! :)
Thank you!

roberto ortega said...

Hi, i too would love to get a pull of the bat stanchion. My email is FrstVamp1r@aol.com

Unknown said...

Hi, I would be interested in a pull as well. I too am looking to use this for my Halloween party, and looking for one I can make a mold myself and cast. Would you mind emailing me as well? trevorst@gmail.com

Thanks!
Trevor

Trevor said...

Hi, I would be interested in a pull as well. I too am looking to use this for my Halloween party, and looking for one I can make a mold myself and cast. Would you mind emailing me as well? trevorst@gmail.com

Thanks!
Trevor

(¯`·.¸¸.-> fLeShTwIsTeR <-.¸¸.·´¯) said...

I'm sure this is a long shot but do you have any available for sale? I don't mind if they are not painted. I'm looking to get a couple for my studio. I'm not in a huge hurry.
fleshtwister@gmail.com

Kerry (Tara's & Troy's Mom) said...

I would love one zachandkerryd@yahoo.com

Kerry (Tara's & Troy's Mom) said...

I would love one zachandkerryd@yahoo.com

Jeffnewc said...

I too would like one if you are in fact making pulls of these still. newcombe2@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Does anybody know where the originals are made ?