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Unread 07-04-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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How can I make an oversized chain?

I want to make a chain chomp (link below). I can find plastic chain at the hardware store but I want something that is a bit larger scale (each link 2" x 3" maybe). Any ideas where I can source a really large lightweight chain or what to make links out of? Thanks!

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Unread 07-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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You could purchase polystyrene or pvc solid rod and then use a heat gun to bend the chain links. You'd probably want to make a jig of some sort so the chains are consistently shaped. You could also get some flexible polyethylene foam in a rod shape, cover it in gray craft foam, insert a wire and then bend to shape.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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Yes these things would work. You just need something inside to keep the shape.


Oops I just noticed you only need 2x3, you can use this
and just paint it in the color you want. I've seen them in different sizes.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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carving chains from wood has long been the whittlers standard of showing ones' skill, here is a wood carving forum discussion with links to good tutorials. I'd spray out some expandable foam, let it dry, then carve away
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Unread 07-05-2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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Pssh, don't make it. Buy it. Chains are a not-uncommon Halloween prop. Example: http://www.darksidedisplays.com/detail.aspx?ID=8124
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Unread 07-05-2012, 03:10 PM   #6
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I got my large chain for my Benten costume from this online supplier: http://www.mrchain.com/collections/plastic-chain

They come in a variety of colors--silver looks nicely realistic in photos--and up to 5" in size per link. The one I bought for Benten's chest piece was the 3" chain, for comparison. If you need to hook the chain to something, just get a master link in a matching size/color.
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Unread 07-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions - I think I will be purchasing something since there is something the size I want available. I really appreciate it.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 05:33 AM   #8
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Update - I bought a giant black plastic chain from Michaels' Halloween section for $6. Woo hoo!
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