Halloween Horror Tutorial: Creating a Realistic Cocooned Spider Victim
The following tutorial was posted by “Grim” at Grimvisions in 2009 and the link expired in 2016. The following is a repost of the original post (Source: Archive.org‘s Wayback Machine) with updates and links to the materials needed.
Everyone loves spiders on Halloween, and what is a good spider scene with out cocooned spider victim or two. This how-to will show you how to easily and effectively make a convincing cocooned spider victim in under an hour, for your Halloween Display.
You will need:
You can find almost every material you need – from the PVC to the skull – on Amazon.com (or at least check the product reviews)
- Duct Tape
- Hot Glue Gun
- Spray Adhesive
- Spider Webbing
- Plastic Wrap
- Fake Eyeballs
- Armature or Regular Wire
- A skull (plastic or foam)
- Pipe insulation
- Plastic Grocery Bags
- Spray Paint
- for shadowing recesses
- For body (ie bruising, bodily fluids, etc.)
- For body (similar to reasons for brown)
- Liquid Latex
- Fishing Line
- Ground anchor (optional)
Step 1 (Spider Victim):
Note: the original poster used a heat gun to bend the PVC pipe and responsibly warned his audience of dangerous fumes. Heating PVC pipe releases chemicals like dioxins (fairly common) and hydrogen chloride, so be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and a proper respirator. Learn more about the risks by checking with your local home improvement store, online research, etc.
Cut a piece of pipe for the shoulders, bend using a heat gun or hair dryer, and attach it where you want the shoulders.
Attach the skull using duct tape and/or wire.
Drill a hole in the opposite end of the long piece of PVC and hang the body upside down.
The head should now be near the floor.
Step 2 (Cocoon):
Cut some PVC for the arms and attach them to the shoulders using wire or tape. They should hang down below the head.
Hot glue the eyeballs in the eye sockets.
Step 3 (Spider Victim)
Fill plastic grocery bags with newspaper.
Tap the bags to the PVC to build up bulk in a convincing body form.
Use pipe insulation to bulk out the legs.
Wrap the entire body tightly in Saran Wrap. This will keep it from falling apart and make a nice, even surface for the next step.
Step 5 (Cocoon):
Wrap the body with webbing.
Spray the webbing with adhesive to help it stick together. You don’t want webbing coming off as you move the piece around.
Step 6 (Spider Victim):
Spray paint the recesses black, and use brown and yellow spray paint to create blotches on the body.
Paint the webbing with liquid latex, This will highlight the webbing and really make the piece shine.
The original poster hooked his to a mirror ball motor on Halloween night.
He used wire on the top and bottom, then used fishing line to an anchor on the ground with 2 swivels inline to around which you can put webbing. Anchoring prevents the spider victims from blowing around and damaging the mirror ball motor.
Originally posted at http://www.grimvisions.com/how-to/spider-victim-how-to (defunct). View the original post via the Wayback Machine at https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.grimvisions.com/how-to/spider-victim-how-to
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