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26 Feb 2011 - 13:3451211
Floating props
I'm planning on going to JCC as a persona.

That guy. I'm hoping that creating the props won't be too difficult, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to get the coffins to float? If I can't figure it out I'll probably just use them for photos, balance them on a chair or something but it'd be cool to try and get them to float.

26 Feb 2011 - 14:3151213
they appear to all be linked my chains,which are linked to the persona... maybe you could make the chains rigid,so that they hold the whole thing up together? it might be a little fragile though, depending what the rig is made of... or maybe you could use fishing/invisible wire?

26 Feb 2011 - 14:4551215
Ive been sitting here for a good 20 mins wondering about this and drawing out diagrams!

you almost want something to throw on your back over your costume, thats holding all the coffins.

The structure on your back itself will need to be rigid, as you could attach some sort of wooden poling from the structure to the coffin (maybe best to make sure the coffins are as light weight as possible?

For the ones at the front that seem to come out further, just have your pole for those ones longer so they extend further.

If you paint the rods a grey/silver then you could wrap a lightweight chain around that.

I have no idea if any of this has made any sense at all. its like i can see in my head what i mean but translating it to any kind of sense for anyone else to understand is probably going to fail...


26 Feb 2011 - 15:0151217
I agree with tattikat. If the chains are solid enough, and the coffins are light enough, you might be able to do it.

The key would might be to consider the chains + coffins as one solid element, not two separate bits. The chains should not be able to move, so they're just things that look like chains but without doing what chains really do, if you know what I mean?

The problem would be, if you were able to construct it, transporting the costume...

26 Feb 2011 - 17:5551221

Second of all, I was planning on making a floating prop myself for my Hao (Shaman King) costume so can probably help you out with what I've got planned.

Basically you can buy some clear PVC pipes which attaches to you on a hidden harness at the back of your costume (You can install an invisible zip in your costume so that you can take the prop on and off whenever). You can have two or several pipes coming out of your back just to help support the structure and like the others have said, make the chains rigid enough to build the structure in the first place. Or possibly have some sort of pipes/tubing structure inside the coffins which link from one coffin to the other (that's how I'm going to make my floating fence for Seth xD).

You want it as light as possible so you don't want too much going around in the structure, otherwise you'll either get serious back ache or the pipes will snap.

There's my idea anyway. I haven't put any of these things into practise just yet because I haven't actually finished any of my costumes for my floating props but hopefully soon I can so that I can actually give accurate advice XD;

27 Feb 2011 - 10:3851254
Thank you everybody for your advice, I'll take it all into consideration and have a go And if I'm successful you'll see photos up closer to the time.

27 Feb 2011 - 13:2851259
You know what those coffins remind me off? Pool floats.


Probably just me XD


27 Feb 2011 - 14:2551261
As an aside, does anyone know the name of this persona?

27 Feb 2011 - 14:4651263
Quote OrwellianHaggis:
As an aside, does anyone know the name of this persona?

It's Thanatos

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