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Glenn Barber

Looking For Life Size Mary And Joseph

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Hey Guys, I know it is only the end of May but I need some suggestions. I have a much bigger yard than I used to and the Blow Mold Nativity scene that I currently have is OK but I think it is a little small for my yard. I would like to make a life size scene now. I think my yard can handle it. I would like to have a life size Mary and Joseph. I was think along the lines of Man and women mannequins. But I can not find complete flexible mannequins that are not outrageous in price. Do you guys have any suggestions on where I might find some at a reasonable price or do you have any alternative suggestions? Thanks

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You can make a body frame using PVC. 3 inch pipe for legs, 2 inch for arms. Gloves on the ends for hands. For the heads use the styrofoam wig heads sold at most craft shops. They have a man and a woman head. 1/2 pipe fits in the hole on the bottom of the styro head. Paint the face using skin tone paint and the paint in the features. For the man using a small piece of fake fur for the hair and beard. Check out the PVC section to see the elves I made. I also made a huge Santa frame-skeleton that sits in my sleigh. You can see the photos under DIY wood cutouts.

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It is easy to make a frame out of 1/2 inch PVC. Lots of connectors but it is easy to make any shape you need.

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WOW Kate that is impressive.  So you used PVC for the body - You can actuall buy manniquin hands on Ebay pretty cheap.  I think i will try it.  Thanks for your help.

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These are not inflatables. They are made of PVC pipes. Gemmy sold the set at Lowes a few years back. Regret not getting one, hoping to find one online to add to this years nativity area.

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Did you guys wrap any foam rubber or anything like that around the PVC to give it substance - They really look nice both the Elves - Santa and the Joseph and Mary - You can always go on Ebay and buy spare mannequin hands and feet.  Thanks for the help!

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I use large pool noodles. They fit snugly on 1/2 PVC pipe. Use an electric knife to cut any angles or lengths. Tied on with wire to the frame. Make sure you spray outdoor weatherproofing on any fabric evey year before you put them outside.

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If you buy the large pipe insulation tubes they will work great too.

For Santa I just used the 2-3 inch pipe frame and added pillows and rolled towels under his coat costume for volume. They never got wet because his suit was water proofed. If you can make your own costume choose fabrics that are tight knit and resist or repel water.

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These are not inflatables. They are made of PVC pipes. Gemmy sold the set at Lowes a few years back. Regret not getting one, hoping to find one online to add to this years nativity area.

Ive looked all over on the internet to try and find these I cant even find a image of them are you sure they are Gemmy they probably are but I typed in all different ways to try and find them and I couldn't find them on the web at all not a pic or anything I do like them though....

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John--this is only my 2nd year to synch (have done lights for many years....); I don't believe it is possible to be "too early" in thinking about what you are going to do, what you need to build, sequencing, etc etc.....  Just my 2 cents.

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Forgot to mention--very nicely done yet again TexasKate!!!!

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Yes it was made by Gemmy back in 2010 I believe... I haven't found a life size set available anywhere besides ebay every now and then....

 

http://worthpoint.com/worthopedia/8-ft-realistic-life-sized-nativity-gemmy-airblown

 

As for the smaller set that JDarling mentioned....that also was made by Gemmy and sold at Lowes for Christmas 2011 and 2012 season. A much smaller version of the original set.

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I don't think my skills are developed enough to make my own. Are there any other resonable life sized nativity sets that are avaiiible?

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Maybe I can pay my grandkids to be still and play mary and joseph.. wait.. grandkids.. never mind.. cant get them to be still for 2 sec.. much less an entire season.. 

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This is the link the chat and pics for the elves. I reviewed my photos and they weren't upside down, so I hope the link helps.

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