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How to Make a Body Form - by "Threadbanger" Projects

Need a body form but dont have the cash for one? Well this week Threadbanger Projects shows you how to make a replica of yourself using your old scraps, some packaging tape and an old christmas tree. You'll have to see it to believe it!

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Comment by Pam on October 27, 2013 at 6:11pm

Great video.  May try it!

Comment by madwhimsy on July 13, 2011 at 2:53pm

While this is a decent alternative to flexible duct tape, it makes me think of the heat generated by the body.  Standing around for a couple of hours being wrapped in duct tape is tiring, hot, and stinky.  (I aired out mine for a couple of weeks to air out before I sealed and stuffed it.)  But it seems to me that standing around for 2-4 hours wrapped in a plastic garbage bag covered in thick paper tape would be even more uncomfortable, especially for those with back problems.


I used a left-over "presentation easle" for a stand, with the top part of the easel sticking out the neck h*** of the duct tape. The skinny legs of this style of easel fold up smaller so the mannequin isn't taking up precious floor space 24/7.  When not in use I fold up the legs and keep the mannequin on top of some file cabinets.  It's not the prettiest, but neither is a mannequin made from tape!  The drawing of the stand mentioned in the video ( looks pretty nice, and could me made to take apart for storage.

Comment by Judith on July 12, 2011 at 2:41pm
Thank you Jesus....another miracle brain creating...what a great discovery....
Comment by Miss Charlotte on July 12, 2011 at 7:16am
How fun is that?!  I should have plenty of tape left this spring...thanks for a solution to my dress form woes...

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