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Witch's Camp Fire

Materials Required
(for Method A)
- 1 - Circular piece of wood (about 24 in. diameter)
- 50-75 - 12-14 in. small tree branches
- 1 - Tube of Liquid Nails (or similar heavy duty adhesive)
- 1 - Plastic or styro drinking cup
- 1 - Can of black spray paint
- 1 - Faux flame pot

Materials Required
(for Method B)
- 1 - circular piece of wood (about 18 in. diameter)
- 75-100 - 7-10 in. small tree branches
- 1 - Tube of Liquid Nails (or similar heavy duty adhesive)
- 1 - 12 in. piece of aluminum foil
- 1 - Can of black spray paint
- 1-2 - Flashing LED Rubber Spike Rings
- 3-4 - Battery Operated Votive Candles
- 1 - Jar rubber cement
- 1 - Cauldron

Optional Materials
- Life-size Grey Witch
- Life-size Light-Up Evil Eyes Witch
- Hanging Rotten Skulls
- Sitting Cat
- Freaky Fabric (Black)
- Realistic Crow Wings Up (Large)
- Rat (Large)
- Some life-like skulls
- A cauldron

Tools Required
- Safety goggles
- Pruning shears
- Caulking gun

Disclaimer:
The list of materials and tools required listed above as well as the measurements and some of the pricing provided in the instructions below are provided as examples. They are accurate for the item we built and may not exactly meet your needs. Please, before you go out and buy a bunch of materials and (possibly) tools, read the instructions below and determine what it is you need for your project. A few minutes of planning and preparation will save you a lot of time, frustration, and (possibly) money, too.

And, of course, please feel free to modify any of the instructions below if you know of a better way to accomplish some of the tasks we've described. If you do, please feel free to send them my way at projects@skeletonfoundry.com. We'd love to hear from you.


CAUTION:
USE THESE INSTRUCTIONS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This project involves the use of power tools. If you are not comfortable working with power tools, I would recommend you not attempt this project. While the work is fairly non-complex, it does still pose a safety risk if done incorrectly. Please, use caution when attempting to do any kind of work with power tools.

Also, when doing any kind of work like this, please make sure to work safely and to follow all safety precautions on applicable tools materials. Use common sense precautions to protect yourself and others from injury. Always wear your safety goggles, work in a well-ventilated space.

Skeleton Foundry provides these instructions on an informational basis only. IN NO CASE WILL SKELETON FOUNDRY BE LIABLE FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DAMAGE TO PROPERY OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS. You assume your own risk by doing so.

Witch's Camp Fire Scene OK, this is the second project I created for my witch scene. This Halloween do-it-yourselfer is a bit more complicated and time consuming, but not too much so. It is also the one a lot more people are going to take notice of in this scene. If you'll remember, I wanted to create the scene from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" where the three witches are seen brewing up a potion in a cauldron. I only had one witch, but I figured I could replicate their scene in the cave with just one witch. To do so, I'd have to create a cooking tri-pod and a camp fire.

While working on this one, I came up with two methods of achieving the same goal. I'm going to describe both and allow you to choose which one you prefer to recreate for yourself.

Instructions for Method A

1. Please read all the instructions BEFORE you go out and buy anything.
 
2. Editor's note: I actually came up with this method during the construction of Method B. So, the branches are not cut to the correct size which makes the layout in the picts. a bit off. But, if you follow the directions and use the sizes described, yours will look a lot better than my picts.
 
3. Gather your tree branches. They should be relatively straight, about .5 in diameter, and about 12-14 in. long.
 
4. Take your plastic or styro cup and cut off the top 1 in.
 
5. base of camp fire.Glue this top portion of your cup to the center
of your circular piece of wood.
 
6. realistic flame effectPlace your faux flame pot on top of the cup top and glue it in place. You can find faux flame pots just about anywhere from Labor Day through Halloweeen.
 
7.
Now, begin circling your flame pot with your tree branches. Be sure to secure them to the flame pot and your circular wood base. tree branches around base circular wooden base
 
8. Editor's note: You'll see in these picts. I used hot glue. DO NOT USE HOT GLUE. I learned the hard way that hot glue doesn't stick very well to tree branches once it gets cold. The entire thing fell to pieces at the slightest touch. So, I switched to Liquid Nails.
 
9. Once completed, your campfire should look something like this:
camp fire in daylightcamp fire in the dark
 
10. Last, you can spray paint the inside ends of the branches with black paint to make them look burned. Make sure that you don't get any paint on the lights or cloth of the faux flame pot. (See step 17 below as an example.)
 

Instructions for Method B

11. Gather your tree branches. They should be relatively straight, about .5 in diameter, and about 7-10 in. long.
 
12. using planter pot for base.Find the center of your circular piece of wood and mark a 6 in. diameter circle. Now, begin by creating a bicycle spoke pattern with your tree branches gluing each one in place. I used a 6 in. plastic planter pot to keep myself honest.
 
13. surround base with sticksThen, build up your tree branches to fill in all the gaps.
 
14. Next, take your aluminum foil and crumple it up, then uncrumple it.
 
15. aluminum foil for fire effectNow, take your crumpled aluminum foil and form it into the center of your camp fire. Don't make it too flat. You want to create some craters and hills.
 
16. black paint creates a burned lookNext, you can spray paint the inside ends of the branches with black paint to make them look burned. Make sure not to get too much paint on the aluminum foil.
 
17. Now, disassemble your Flashing LED Rubber Spike Rings and Battery Operated Votive Candles. Be careful not to break the LED leads or mini circuit boards.
 
18. Using the rubbed cement, glue the electronics and LEDs to the bottom of your cauldron making sure the LEDs are pointing away from the plastic cauldron. I used rubber cement here because in order to turn on the electronics to the Flashing LED Rubber Spike Ring, you have to press them to activate the switch. Wait about 30 mins. until the rubber cement cures before turning on the electronics.
 
19. camp fire in sceneOnce completed, your campfire should look something like this. See how the light from the LEDs reflects off the aluminum foil and gives the appearance of burning embers.
 
20. Here's what the final scene looked like:
camp fire in witch scene
 
21. Included in the pict. above are the following items, but feel free to mix and match anything from the store you feel is best for your particular needs:
- Life-size Grey Witch
- Hanging Rotten Skulls
- Sitting Cat
- Freaky Fabric (Black)
- Realistic Crow Wings Up (Large)
- Some life-like skulls
- A cauldron
 
22. Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed this Halloween do-it-yourself project. Please let us know what you think at projects@skeletonfoundry.com.