Part 5 in the Frankenstein’s Laboratory prop series, leading up to Halloween. The next prop for Frankenstein’s Lab was also inspired from pictures of the movie set. This one is a giant wheel.
Note: I just did this one by the seat of my pants with no plan. If I were to do this one over again, I think I could have made it much better. I’m going to provide instructions on how I think it should have been made, rather than how I actually made it.
- Cut the Styrofoam rod in half.
- Space the rods evenly around the Styrofoam disk and trace the circumferences onto the Styrofoam disk.
- Cut out the rod circumferences around the Styrofoam disk to about 1 – 2″ deep, judge the depth off of the position of the wreath frame.
- Place the Styrofoam rods into the Styrofoam disk and make sure they position so they fit inside the large wire frame.
- Place the Styrofoam rods inside the two large wreath frames (sandwiched) and tied the wreath frames together.
- Mix the flour and water together for the paper mache.
- Rip the newspaper into strips.
- Paper mache the newspaper strips around the wheel frame.
- Do about two coats around the entire wheel.
- Once dry, paint the wheel with the brown spray paint.
OK, Since this was my first time doing paper mache in many, many years, I found that I made many mistakes, The paper split. Not sure why? I tried to smooth it out with plaster of Paris and that was a big mistake. Overall, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end product, but I didn’t feel like ripping it apart and starting all over again. Hopefully these instructions are better than the process I initially followed.