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SOCA Chapter Make & Take - Packing Tape Bodies

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SOCA Chapter Make & Take - Packing Tape Bodies

Time: April 19, 2014 from 11am to 4pm
Location: Will and Jenn's House in National City
Street: 2820 Morningside Street
City/Town: National CIty
Event Type: make, and, take, potluck
Organized By: Don Downing
Latest Activity: Apr 20, 2014

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Nothing better than a life size replica of yourself, transparent, and all wierd looking, standing in the corner of the room...watching...waiting...


Packing Tape Bodies is the process of wrapping you (or a close personal enemy) into plastic wrap and clear packing tape.  Then using scissors, cut them out of the wrappings with little to no blood.  Easy!


The form can be left empty, as is, or you can fill it with exciting things like a string of christmas lights, candy, etc.


Important to note that this is a multi-person project.  Meaning, it will take at least 2 people to complete 1 form: 1 person to be the mummy and 1 person to apply the tape.

Maybe this is a good time to wrap up your spouse?



Saran Wrap / Plastic wrap / Glad wrap

Clear packing tape (3-4 rolls per body, medium to thick)

EMT-style scissors (MUST have the safety tip on the bottom blade)

Styorofoam head



Extra scissors



Folding chair




Potluck, everyone bring something.



Please bring something to contribute and exchange at the crazy haunters exchange.  Put something in, get something out!


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Comment by Randy on April 20, 2014 at 2:06am

A couple more pictures...

As above, you can see that the female figure is mostly self supporting. When upright the arms don't droop or sag. However the joint at the hips is fairly obvious...and is a weak spot that collapses if it is upright.

Each leg is separate, and the bottom of the torso is completely open like the bottom of a mini-skirt, so there is no significant support for attaching the legs to the torso and reinforcing the joints. That's why I suggested the surfer-type body suit approach for our torsos.

Just inside the garage, at the right edge, you can see the other body hanging. Its torso is not self-supporting and has collapsed. This is the one I filled with packing peanuts, made a bag head for, and attached the Dollar Store hand to. Below is a close up of the top of the finished spider victim made from that body. The pink is from the packing peanuts, but I also used brown and gray spray paint on the body to give it additional definition before wrapping it in web material.

Comment by Randy on April 20, 2014 at 1:41am

Thanks to everybody who came and participated in the packing tape bodies build today...especially to all of the models (but Judy in particular for giving blood to the cause, and Aries for being a trooper despite the child abuse ;o). Likewise to Jenn and Will for hosting and to Will and Aries for helping me mummify Judy.

Since we weren't able to get to the legs today, I've attached a diagram to show how the torsos should ideally be built out (note extended neck, legs, and arm areas in particular) and how the legs should be attached to the torso. It's those areas where the limbs attach that you want overlap on both torso and limb. You can use the same technique for the arms, but it's not as important to do the tabs.

If your finished torso won't stand up on its own without collapsing or falling over, you should probably add a couple more layers of tape to it - or at least to any obvious weak spots - until it is fairly firm and self-supporting. Temporarily stuffing it with foam or pillows might might make this remedial taping a bit easier.

Finish building each leg on your model, then try to remove it making a single cut down the back of the leg. The shorter the length of the cut, the better, but make it as long as you need to get it off. Then starting at the lowest part of the cut that you can reach inside of the leg, start patching the cut shut (both inside and out).

When done with this phase, make some 2" long vertical cuts at the top of the leg, so that you end up with an even number of tabs. Now alternate folding each tab inward or outward. When you fit the leg to the torso, one set of tabs overlaps the torso on the outside and the other set overlaps it on the inside. You may need to cut down on the overlap or make some other adjustments. Then use more tape to seal the inside and outside tabs to the torso. This should provide a strong joint that will keep the body from collapsing at the hips.

It is best to seal the torso cut(s) up to the top of the hips before attaching the limbs. But don't fully seal it up until you've attached the legs and arms. This is so you can reach inside the torso, down into the limbs to apply tape across the limb/torso joints. Be sure to apply tape to the outsides of the joints as well.

If anyone has any questions, either post them here on GoE, or e-mail me at "". As you guys finish up your bodies, please post pictures for us all to see.

Thanks - Randy

Comment by Danell Marks on April 19, 2014 at 1:33pm

Running a little late! But hope to be there by 11:45

Comment by christopher spicer on April 19, 2014 at 12:25pm

Whoops! Looked around and found the address in the header. 

Comment by christopher spicer on April 19, 2014 at 12:13pm

Hi all, just realized I don't have Will and Jen's address and don't know where they live. Can someone post a link or call/text me the addess? (858)525 1245. Thanks.

Comment by Randy on April 19, 2014 at 2:40am

Hey all - looking forward to the build tomorrow.

Judy - Yes, yes, and thanks!. Any sort of thing a fellow haunter could use is great (one time I got a battery tester). However it's not a requirement to bring something - you just don't get to pick anything from the CHE (aka: the table of Phat Lewt) if you don't. Chocolate cake...mmmmmmm!

Danell - As Don mentioned, you can indeed wrap inanimate objects, so a manikin is fine. If the manikin's limbs and/or body can be repositioned, all the better. Another way to think of this project is not as an "end", but it could be part of a "means to an end". It is essentially just another form of making a low resolution cast of something (which could also be used as a mold).

For example, you could create an army of the dead by making multiple tape bodies - ideally in different positions. You can make partial bodies, or headless bodies for scenes of carnage. The pose can be anything you model can do - sitting, standing, crawling, lurching, leaping, hanging.

You can paint them, dress them, add masks, disfigured body parts, bones, more realistic hands, etc. You could also fill the body to give it more strength, durability, and/or make the limbs moveable.

On this last note, my new neighbors (yay) are throwing out a few boxes of Styrofoam packing peanuts. They are great for adding extra support inside of bodies without adding a lot of weight. If any of you want them, let me know. I'll check GoE tomorrow morning, and if anybody says yes (and they're still outside of the garage), I'll bring 'em. But if you say yes, you gotta take 'em.

Comment by Gossamer Axe on April 18, 2014 at 8:34pm

BTW, what is the crazy haunters exchange exactly? Like bring a paper mache pumpkin? Or an unwanted mask? That sorta thing?

Comment by Gossamer Axe on April 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

Don! Good thing too! ;) I'll be there tomorrow to be Randy's model & I'm brining a chocolate cake.

Comment by Don Downing on April 18, 2014 at 1:20pm

Danell, you can use whatever form you like.  But then again, regular bodies also can look menacing and realistic.  :)

Comment by Danell Marks on April 18, 2014 at 11:21am

Can we bring manikins for our models? Otherwise, my husband and I  will end up with some pretty fat bodies :-(

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