Monthly Archives: September 2011

ABunch LLC – Twirly Milkshake Sign

Posted: 21 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, Abunch LLC

I made this giant rotating milkshake for a pie/milkshake merchant. The provided graphics were applied to gatorboard which I sandwiched around a signpost and then bulked-up with some polyurethane foam. The edge was painted white and covered with glitter. The base is plywood and contains a drill motor, which spins the giant milkshake!

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Silent Library – Rugburn Swing

Posted: 15 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

The second in a series of swingsets that made me feel bad! I created a swing out of heavy black rubber to hold a contestant so that their knees would graze against a carpet as they swung, getting a nasty case of rugburn in the process. Sorry, contestant!

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Silent Library – Flounder Swing

Posted: 14 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

This challenge almost made me puke. I made a welded steel mechanism that swung three flounders into the face of a contestant as they played on a swingset. The fish are all put in motion by a pneumatic cylinder that rotates the fish in the opposite direction from the contestant. My stomach was churning as [...]

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Silent Library – Motorized Cheek Pincher

Posted: 13 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

I cast these rubber hands and built them to pinch a contestant’s cheeks. A spring-powered clamp was modified to make the fingers pinch. Jason Singleton built the motors which moved the hands from side-to-side.

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Silent Library – Dual-Punch Elliptical Trainer

Posted: 11 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library

This was a simple modification that only took a few hours to complete – an elliptical trainer that I welded arms onto, so that it could punch a contestant alternately in the stomach and groin.

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Silent Library – Nipple Robot

Posted: 19 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, robots

Someday many years from now, my grandkids will ask me “Grandpa, were you ever a television robot star?” And I will be able to honestly tell them “Yes children, I was an EVIL television robot star. I built this robot out of all sorts of odds-and-ends. A funnel, bucket, two mini plasma spheres to make […]

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Silent Library – Toe Snap

Posted: 17 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this machine to sequentially shoot a contestant in the toes with rubber bands. The mechanism works with screws which are placed around the barrel of a crank-operated winch every few degrees. As the crank is turned, the rubber bands fire off one-by-one.

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Silent Library – Pedal Pop

Posted: 16 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this five-passenger bike by cutting apart and welding together the parts from three tandem bikes, and adding a bit of black gas piping where I needed straight tubing. It actually worked too, and I was able to take it for some wobbly rides in the studio! (Though the rear seat was responsible for […]

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Puppet Stage for Miss Piggy!

Posted: 10 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Abunch LLC-Tags: critters, puppets, puppet

I built this puppet stage for Opening Ceremony’s event at Fashion’s Night Out. It was built over a long weekend out of plywood, MDF, yards of black and red velvet, and lots of Christmas lights! Andrew Bunch helped me with painting and assembly, and sewing magnets to the curtains so that they would close nicely, […]

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