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Frankenstein Lab Props

The Frankenstein theme has always held a special place in our imagination, creating laboratory props that bring that old, creepy, damp castle feeling alive is a passion for us.  We have been designing and building mad lab props for over 15 years, the original Stelter Creative brand was our first venture into this theme. We put much love into our designs, often copied but never duplicated.  No detail is overlooked. From tabletop props to wall panels or full themed environments, our original design pieces are showstoppers!

 

Yes we custom create and sell our Frankenstein lab props, check our online store or message us for what's currently available.

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This is our latest achievement in the Frankenstein laboratory theme. Truly one of our best designs to date! This 'Particle Discharge Unit' features hi powered leds in-between the solid brass spheres.  These lights pulsate creating a great effect.  A custom staggered and tapered standoff base houses five rare Pyrex glass insulators. Metal tags, hand wheels, indicator lights and an amazing distressed finish bring this piece to life! 

The light effects definitely add to the whole classic monster vibe.  These leds pulsate as well which gives the feel of electricity moving between the brass discharge spheres.

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The staggered and tapered standoff base has that classic mad lab vibe for sure.  We crafted it from 3/4 black pvc so no paint is needed, we added some airbrushed runs and stains and a little rust to finish it off. 

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The five standoff insulators used are Pyrex glass.  These are very rare but add so much character.  The discharge spheres are 2" solid brass threaded onto the insulators.   

The leds are a hi-powered blue color with a pulsating effect that really add to this piece.  Provides a nice electrical spark gap effect without the scary possibility of death by electrocution!

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This is one of our favorite design Jacobs Ladder props. Fully functional at 15,000 volts. Custom lathe turned tube base and topper.  A real retro sci-fi vibe!

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Most of our Frankenstein Lab prop parts are handmade, our custom lathe turned parts are extremely detailed, this is what sets our builds apart from the rest, the quality of the details!

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This is a single tube Frankenstein bubbler tabletop prop, over four feet tall.  Behind is a transformer grid wall panel. To the right is a double plasma chamber prop 

Doctor Frankenstein's Lab would certainly not be squeaky clean! Years of decay, moisture and residue would surely build up on the equipment. Our props are aged to perfection!

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The money shot! When the set comes together perfectly!

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This is a double plasma chamber tabletop prop, please note it has not been aged yet in this photo. It's twin collector dishes are feeding a large power cell which has a pulsating blue glowing effect. Just love this design! This unit is four feet tall!

A close up of a blue plasma chamber

Large power cell up close

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Another one of our favorite deigns, a double blue plasma chamber tabletop prop.  Notice how the staggered base follows the glass chamber angles perfectly, definitely a challenging build.  Another noted detail is the custom main power plaque, very Victorian looking.  It's about the details! Doesn't get much cooler than this!

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Plasma chamber topper designs are our favorite.  They add so much to the finished look of the prop. This particular example just screams Frankenstein! 

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This is our Frankenstein four tube bubbler tabletop prop.  Copper elements and a twisted steam gauge adorn this masterpiece.  

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The classic bubbling green glow just screams classic monster vibes!

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A gas collection pod, who knows what's festering behind that glass?!?  One of the best parts of designing Frankenstein Lab props is the unique nature of the science used, it's pretty much anything goes!

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This is our version 1 transformer grid wall panel, basic in design but a visually pleasing element for sure. Vintage amber colored beehive lamps were used.  notice the broken, missing and hanging tags, effective use of realistic wear and tear.  One massive control flywheel really stands out!

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These vintage Dialco beehive panel lights really have a perfect look for Frankenstein laboratory props, especially when you have fourteen of them!

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This is a four foot tall main feed power wall panel.  All custom designed and fabricated metal tags and dial plates, very detailed for sure.  Absolutely looks like it could power up a monster creation!

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All of our tags and dial plates are steel with a stenciled paint finish, worn and distressed to perfection! This one is from Transylvania Electric Co.

This is a double knife switch panel.  Great rust and patina on this example. This panel can power a duo of props or simply add to the look of a set. 

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This is our Frankenstein monster body vitals wall panel.  A blinking red LED shows the heartbeat of the monster being worked on

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This was a fun panel to design and build, really adds a whole new level of coolness to the laboratory theme!

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This is an example of a single tube bubbler but with a monster hand added to the inside

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This is the first Jacobs Ladder prop we ever constructed. 

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Great scratch built cabinet of wood and steel with the many rivets make this ladder a classic for sure!

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This is the only prop that we used vacuum tubes on.  I always found it hard to incorporate them without it looking out of place. 

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This is our smallest Jacobs Ladder prop.  Easy on the budget but still strong on details! This one is still pushing 12,000 volts

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Building it is just the first step, making it look old and worn is a whole other process! With Frankenstein Lab props it's about dirt, oil, rust and soot and any other factor like heat and flame, they all contribute to the finished look

This is our largest Jacob's Ladder prop.  This was a 15,000 volt ladder.  Great flanking coil risers with copper spheres.  We alwasy use real brass and copper spheres, never painted!

You can just hear that buzz and crackle!

Classic coil riser.  All black pvc, porcelain insulator and copper discharge sphere.  As classic mad scientist as it gets!

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This is a double plasma chamber prop. The energy from the dual chamber design is discharged into the spherical power cell at the top.  

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Spherical power cell up close, the led's were color changing so the effect was amazing!

Coil risers up close! This is by far the coolest gauge ever!

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Three of our best tabletop props in one eight foot long display at a sci-fi convention.  

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One of our full wall set ups.  Using a base cabinet really creates a full lab feel, storing tons of surplus parts inside of the cabnet is just icing on the cake!

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Kind of like Christmas, you can never have enough lights!

Another full wall set with a few different tabletop props

Wonderful dark mood lighting!

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In a Frankenstein mad lab if a shelf needs some extra support then of course it would be from some creepy faces holding chains in their mouths.  This design is perfectly horrific!

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Adding a little extra detail on subtle pieces makes all the difference in a set

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A good back story is as important as the design and execution.  On one of our larger build Frankenstein sets there were wood shelves.  On a top shelf we added large antique books and then broke the shelf in the middle as if the weight had broken it, we then added a splint with apparent sloppy nails for a quick fix, as if Igor had needed to repair it quick and get back to helping Dr. Frankenstein.  Unfortunately I see so many propmakers create sets and props that don't make any sense.  

This is our original design head examination rack.  It is crafted from welded steel supports and a custom wood stand.  Large oversized thumb screws add to the crazy vibe!

This pictures shows our Frankenstein head being worked on by the doctor himself! The custom steel and wood apparatus rotates allowing all angles to be viewed.  Four thumb screw head spikes hold the head in place.

This is a full wall set we created for Cocktails & Screams located in Orlando.  This set was a thrill to create!

This is our version 2 transformer panel.  All metal tages and green Dialco beehive panel lights adorn this masterpiece!

Its' ALIVE!!!

Sometimes you just luck out with prop making.  This scientific device is almost perfect for the mad scientist theme.  We simply added a top base with insulators, brass spheres, a few copper terminal lugs and whammo! A stunning Frankenstein prop!

We wanted some motion on a set so we created this triple copper chamber spinning prop. It's powered by a small low voltage gearmotor.  Adds a lot to the overall vibe.

Nothing like some Frankenstein lab background for that perfect marquee photo!

More background shots of our sets.  The colors are so rich and vibrant!

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Our background Frankenstein set at Cocktails & Screams Halloween bar in Orlando is perfect for selfies!

Our realistic and detailed sets definitely create environments for performers and employees.  If you had a choice between a blue screen and an actual set which would you prefer? The answer is obvious!

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Our tribute to the classics. Wish this photo was in front of some or our props and sets.  Still a great shot and fun Frankenstein and Bride costumes for sure!

Long live classic monsters and the Frankenstein theme!

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What do Mad Scientists do during their off time you ask?  Well of course they read Mad Scientist magazine! This is a fun little idea we came up with, always nice to show your work in different mediums.  If a magazine doesn't exist well you simply create it!  I based my design off of old Starlog and Fangoria covers.  Love the retro vibe!

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"Once again, a magnificent job on everything.  This kind of master craftsmanship is what makes Walt Disney World... Disney!"    

 

- Michael G. Kennedy, Sr. Designer
Walt Disney Imagineering

 

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