These are just a few pictures of a prop I have made for hanging around.
I plan on putting in a motor that will make the bat wiggle in the cage.
I will post instructions on how I installed the motor when I get it...
This is a VERY easy prop to make.
I started with just a simple bird cage that was going to be thrown away, This cage was very tall and makes it much easier to
work with. I took the top of the cage off and placed it on a sheet of 1/2 inch pink foam and traced the circle to make a false top
inside the cage to hide a motor that will make the bat wiggle later on.
I cut the foam out with a hot wire foam cutter I made, you can use a razorblade, jigsaw or just a knife if you don't have a foam cutter.
I pushed the foam down far enough to give enough room for the motor and wiring.
To cover the outside of the cage on top I used black duct tape.
The bat was purchased at a local spirit Halloween store for about $14
The bat already has a latex stick that it is hanging on to, so I just cut the ends off and stuck in a small dowel that was long enough
to go from one side of the cage to the other holding the bat in place in the cage. you can adjust the foam circle to whatever height you like
even after the bat is set in place as long as the circle is snug fitting.
That's pretty much it other than the motor to make the bat move, I will be installing that very soon and I will give detailed instructions
on how I installed it and what not to do.....
This project to this point took about 1 hour to put together and that was only because I was not sure how to do it or what to use.
Since you have the basic idea of how to make this project, it shouldn't take that long for you to make.
I would love to see pictures of anybody's bat cage that already has one or that anyone makes....
Please check back for further instructions on hooking up the motor to the bat, they will be posted very soon!
Ok so 8-16-08 I got a motor for the bat in a cage. Here's what I got!
A little annoying wobbling ghost that has a speaker, a mic, 2 AA batteries, a motor offset by a weight & a sound board.
Disassemble the ghost taking the bottom off... then pulling the arms & head out.
This is the guts of the machine. I took the green wire off the speaker because that sound drives me NUTZ!!!
So putting the guts back into the dome that it came in, I will be adding this to the "bat in a cage" to make him move when he hears sound.
CHECK BACK to see how I installed it and a video to see how well it works...
Here are some pictures of other peoples bat cages.
These are made by Dark Star of www.halloweenforum.com