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How to Weather a Plastic Skeleton

Just in time for Halloween, Mancave Effects demonstrates how to artificially age a PVC skeleton to spooky effect.

Norbert Sparrow

October 27, 2021

It’s not too late to dress up your house and yard for Halloween. Here’s one idea: If you happen to have a plastic skeleton hanging around your place, or any other plastic prop for that matter, amplify the spookiness via an artisanal form of accelerated aging. This video from Mancave Effects shows how to apply DIY techniques to weathering or aging a PVC skeleton.

Artificial aging and weathering techniques are commonly used in the entertainment industry and, as the host of Mancave Effects notes, there are hundreds of tips ’n’ tricks to achieve the desired outcome. “There is no recipe,” he writes, and he stresses that you should keep it simple by using things you probably have sitting around the house.

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, so why stop at one? As the denizen of Mancave Effects writes on his YouTube channel: “Generally, when it comes to plastic skeletons, I would say the more the better.”

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree. Reach him at [email protected].

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