PVC pipe can be used to make life-size sculptures. The pipe is weather resistant and is ideal for making a statement in your yard. Holidays often open themselves for PVC figure decorating. While several different companies make and sell PVC figures, you can make you own PVC decorations.
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Things you need
- Sketch pad
- PVC pipe
- Hand Saw
- Various types of PVC connectors
- Hot glue
Decide what type of figure you wish to make. Sketch a basic outline of the figure using simple lines on a piece of paper. Analyse the types and sizes of lines and curves you used to make it.
Begin construction your figure by connecting pieces of PVC pipe using your sketch as a guideline. Elbow joints (45 or 90 degree and long sweeps) will be used to make the pieces curve, and two and three (T) way-straight joints along with PVC wyes for other connections. Cut the pipe with a hand saw, according to the length needed for your figure.
Make a base so the figure can be free-standing by building a PVC rectangle. The sides of the rectangle should be cut and three-way connectors inserted. The third connection should face upward. The bottom of you figure will connect at these points. You make need more than one rectangular base, depending on the style of your figure and how many times it touches the ground.
Tips and warnings
- Hot glue embellishments and even lights to your PVC figure to make it more realistic. Plastic skulls, wigs, gloves, fur and other objects can be used. Try different connectors if you are having trouble getting the look you desire. The way that the pipe is connected will make a big difference in the outcome of your figure.
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