Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saw Reverse Bear Trap

One of the haunts that I make props for, Wolf Creek (, has asked me to try and replicate some of the Saw movie's traps. So in the past week I have started creating the Reverse Bear Trap from Saw. This is a very popular trap (one of my favorites).
Never seen any of the Saw movies? Well below is a photo of the trap. I will be posting photos and blogs as I get the thing underway. It is definitely going to be a piece of art when it is done. Mind you, it will be made by paper mache.

I will be posting updates on my Saw Reverse Bear Trap below.

 The very first step that I did was make a base and the measurements I used weren't specific, basically I put the pieces of recycled cardboard over my head, lol. If you are making this piece to go over a head (obviously) you will need a head to fit it over, lol.

 I started making some of the gears, nuts and bolts that go on this thing. They take the most detail work. Everything is made from cardboard, newspaper and recycled plastics, oh and straws...I use straws to  build up the base for all of bolts and screws and such. I  am also using some cardboard tubes that I have saved from my aluminum foil rolls (they are the length of a paper towel roll, but smaller in width). There are a lot of details to this trap. So prepare to be taking some time on it.

I coated the structure so far with paper mache and added the nuts and bolts that I have made as well. This is all trial and error as I have never made anything like this before. I used straws to make the screw part of the bolts and I used small buttons covered with paper mache to make the bolt head. The buts are made from cardboard cut in hexagons and then double layered and paper mached. All the pieces are made individually and then assembled after the paper mache has dried. On the screw part of the bolt, while it was wet I took my exacto knife and shaped the screw lines into it (I don't know what they are called, lol) to give it more detail. You can't really tell right now what they look like but once they are painted they should look awesome.

The remaining parts will be made individually and the assembled onto this base. A coating of paper mache over that in places will ensure a tight hold.

------------------------------Update Nov. 17, 2010------------------------------

 I have been busy readjusting the base above. The back needs to be larger to hold all of the pieces that go on it. I have also been making some of the parts  (c-clamps, pipes, wiring) to go on the trap. Keep checking this blog to see updates and more photos.


  1. Did you ever finish??? I work for a charity haunt and I'm attempting this as well.. I'd love to see the final product if you completed it!!!

  2. I got it fully assembled and ready for paint. I'm trying out a few methods of painting and a rusting technique to get it oxidized.