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In this instructable I will show you how to build a smoldering pile of embers prop. Use it under a cauldron, burnt corpse etc.

Step 1: Materials Used

Materials used:

1 or more cans of spray foam insulation

1 or more orange string lights

plastic bottles

plastic floor liner

1 roll clear packing tape

1 can of Grey primer spray paint

1 can black spray paint

1 can red spray paint

1 can rubberized undercoating

ash
Such a stupid question but what kind of rubber did you use? I'm pretty confused about that?.
Any kind of rubberized spray should work fine, for example flex seal or liquid electrical tape
<p>This is really incredible. I don't think I've seen anything that looks quite so realistic, including many &quot;faux fireplaces&quot; that I've seen. It takes me back to days... kids... science projects... specifically, volcano reproductions... doesn't it look like lava, as well? Thank you for your imagination and creativity!</p>
thanks! I'm glad you liked it. It does look a bit lavaish, there's alot of directions you could go with this project. All the alternative uses for its project posted in the comments are great ideas.
<p>Cool as hell!</p>
<p>thanks!</p>
<p>where did u get the ash?</p>
<p>My fireplace </p>
<p>were theses steady state lights or twinkle lights?<br><br>have you tried with twinkle lights?<br><br>and what if you mixed red, white, yellow, orange, and possibly even blue lights all together? </p>
<p>they were steady but twinkle should work just fine. I like the idea of mixing different colored lights, that should produce some interesting results.</p>
I'm thinking used that dried moss stuff &amp; give it a light coating of spray paint for even more texture &amp; interest. This is very very cool!
<p>way too much fun. I love it</p>
<p>You could do this in another way and for other reasons. Like for a fake fire in your fireplace in summer time. That way you wont have to deal with your energy bill going up if you need a special addition to a party or romantic night. </p>
<p>Mine had more of the look of red hot coals. Not very hard though! </p>
<p>Lava Flow</p>
<p>cool idea. Will the lights melt the plastic if it's on for a long time?</p>
Nope
<p>Very nice.</p>
<p>WOW</p>
Cool,got a new one for the cemetery this year! Thank for sharing
<p>coals for a fireplace; will be trying this</p>
<p>This is such a cool idea. Thank you so much for sharing :)</p>
If you change the colors and final layers slightly it would be possible to have the effect of a melting corpse or monster.
<p>I'm working on an instructable on how to make the burnt corpse shown in the photos at the end of this one</p>
<p>Awesome decoration for Halloween. Looks easy to make too. </p>
<p>That's actually really cool. Could be like at a luau party too, for volcano lava.</p>
This looks amaaaaazing! Well done! And so easy, too :)
This is so awesome. Thinking about doing a zombie like this. Amazing.
Fantastic instructions...thank you!
looks awsome!
I did do this and I loved the out come. Do you do similar things for Christmas? I wanted to do a snowman outp of the same principles principles. Any suggestions
should work great for a snowman, you could use yoga balls of decreasing size and cover them with the great stuff
<p>very cool project, here,s my try at it</p>
That looks great! I was thinking of doing something similar this year by hollowing out the center and having a skeleton emerging from a fiery pit/tunnel from hell.
<p>can't wait to see it!</p>
That you for this one. It was so easy and our lava cane out great!!
looks great
<p>This is awesome I plan on making an open pit to hell for halloween this year and this just made my day. Great Job.</p>
<p>Excellent tutorial!</p><p>I plan on making a walk of hot coals this year, and this looks perfect!</p><p>Thank you</p>
show us the results! <br>
<p>Hello again and TY so much jzuwala motts! I did get two strands and suppose I will shoot for the one and see how that goes first. Now, to figure out how to add an image on my profile....lol. </p>
Hello! I've tried private messaging and guessing since I'm not paying for this app service I'm reduced to commenting. I'm making this for this year's Samhain/Halloween season and was wondering the strands you used, I have purchased two sets of 50 count orange light strands and wasn't sure if you used one or two strands in your display/prop you built and have pictured here. Thanks in advance!
I used one strand of lights in the prop seen in this tutorial. It all depends on the size you're looking for. I generally use 1-4 stands.

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