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LightUpMA
07-25-2012, 11:20 AM
I am doing Halloween for the first time and just bought a talking skull that will be connected to a mic. The mouth will move to my words live or using a recording.

I'm thinking of using software to change my voice and talk to the TOTs. What do people put their skulls on?? Before anyone says it I don't have tons of cash for a skeleton body - my budget is fairly tied up in pixels and 2100 channels of controllers.

It weighs about 5 or 6 lbs typical Bucky skull with scary terry servo controller. Any and all ideas are appreciated!!

Thanks!

Palmdale Haunter
07-25-2012, 01:03 PM
You might try constructing a PVC framework and covering it with a reaper style cloak (you can make that too if you want)...

gdyrdave
07-25-2012, 01:17 PM
How about a cheap lazy susan for the skull to look from side to side.Working on 2 now.

Dave

LightUpMA
07-25-2012, 01:42 PM
You might try constructing a PVC framework and covering it with a reaper style cloak (you can make that too if you want)...

PH, I like your idea...esp since I have some unused pvc sitting in the basement.


How about a cheap lazy susan for the skull to look from side to side.Working on 2 now.

Dave
Dave, what are you using to move the lazy susans? I've seen some people working on 3 axis skulls controlled by servos and connected to a servo controller or arduino - all controlled by vixen. The problem is I have opted to go with a Scary Terry servo controller which takes an audio input and moves the mouth only. I don't know about further movement, and am new to this arena. If you have pics of how you do this, I'd love to see!

ErnieHorning
07-25-2012, 01:50 PM
You can easily just stuff a pair of pants and shirt with leaves for the body. You could hold the head on with a coat hanger, inserted into the leaves. To hold this guy up, just set it in a lawn chair.

You probably already have a beater pair of pants and shirt and who doesn’t have leaves? The cost is either free or close to it.

gdyrdave
07-25-2012, 01:52 PM
I am using the renW SERVO Dirknerkle has and using vixen channels to move the jaw and left to right using standard rc aircraft servos. Using the ball bearing lazys makes it pretty easy to turn. As far as up and down is a different story because if the weight factor. I just chose to go left and right wit the cheap skulls I got from walmart. I used audicity to record a track for the vocals. See this thread... http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?17329-Jaw-sequencing-an-easier-way!&highlight=skull+output

LightUpMA
07-25-2012, 01:58 PM
You can easily just stuff a pair of pants and shirt with leaves for the body. You could hold the head on with a coat hanger, inserted into the leaves. To hold this guy up, just set it in a lawn chair.

You probably already have a beater pair of pants and shirt and who doesn’t have leaves? The cost is either free or close to it.

Free is good!!! Plus it gives me room to hide the controller under the chair

Halstaff
07-25-2012, 02:24 PM
Check out this video of a haunt greeter I built for a friend - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1G9LLquED4&list=UUKKBTwYyVYxkpa0_9pqQ13A&index=1&feature=plcp
I used a jaw/servo audio board I designed using a Picaxe but the video also shows the body build and how I added side to side movement for the head.

ctmal
07-25-2012, 03:04 PM
I just used 4 inch PVC for the body of mine. The bottom is connected to plywood by screwing an endcap on it and the top has a length of 1 inch PVC going throu it for the shoulders. The skull connect to a cap I just slide on the top of the 4" PVC. Last I just slipped a grim reaper type costume on him to cover it up.

Greg in Canby
07-25-2012, 03:27 PM
For skull movement, I'm asking for this

http://triaxialskulllabs.com/webstore/product_info.php?products_id=62

http://triaxialskulllabs.com/webstore/popup_image.php?pID=62

For my birthday.

As for suggestions, PVC and stuffed cloths may be the cheapest/easiest.

Greg

ctmal
07-25-2012, 07:21 PM
I just used 4 inch PVC for the body of mine. The bottom is connected to plywood by screwing an endcap on it and the top has a length of 1 inch PVC going throu it for the shoulders. The skull connect to a cap I just slide on the top of the 4" PVC. Last I just slipped a grim reaper type costume on him to cover it up.

Also, if you want a picture, let me know. It's easy for me to get to in my shed.

LightUpMA
07-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Also, if you want a picture, let me know. It's easy for me to get to in my shed.

Sure ... if you can get a pic that would be great! Thanks.

DanoNJ
07-25-2012, 10:06 PM
Check out this video of a haunt greeter I built for a friend - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1G9LLquED4&list=UUKKBTwYyVYxkpa0_9pqQ13A&index=1&feature=plcp
I used a jaw/servo audio board I designed using a Picaxe but the video also shows the body build and how I added side to side movement for the head.

Now I want this!! I've wanted a talking elf for some time.

gilles1
08-08-2012, 05:18 PM
New project working on this year, talking skull See what you think LINK TO YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs40nW0nK2I

ctmal
08-08-2012, 08:15 PM
I almost forgot about the pictures. Sorry about that. Here they are.
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14830

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If you need more(or better ones), let me know. Basically it's just a pvc tube for the body, attached to wood with a pvc end cap and the skull is attached to another end cap at the top. The wire mesh is just to give it a little extra form.

I also tie it to a fence every year. If you don't have a place to tie it off I would suggest either staking it in the ground or using a bigger piece of wood on the bottom. I did have an issue with wind the first year.

Oh, and I think the skeleton had way too much fun flashing all you guys!