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Every year, our pal Jake von Slatt does something pretty special for Halloween. Over at the Steampunk Workshop, he’s showing some of this year’s work in progress. Here’s a ghost marionette that he made from some 1″ x 2″ planking, a microwave carousel motor, some fishing line, a craft store skull, and some Styrofoam.

Microwave Motor Flying Crank Ghost

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Neil

    What would really help give the ghost a less mechanical feel would be to incorporate a planetary gear. That would give it a more complex and drawn-out oscillation.