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Burning Embers Halloween prop

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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

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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

Step 2: Preparing the lights

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Cut a few plastic bottles open, removing the bottoms and tops.

You can also use larger bottles by slicing down the side as well and rolling them up to the desired size.

Run your string lights through these bottles. Perfection isn't required and some lights outside the bottles is ok, just try to to have most of them inside.

Alternatively you can use clear plastic sheeting such as plastic drop cloth available in your local hardware stores painting section.

I used both methods in the above example.

If using plastic, roll it up around the lights and tape in place with the packaging tape.

Form a circle with the lights as best you can and curl the end into the center of the circle.

Use the packing tape to hold everything in place.

Step 3: Spray foam insulation onto lights

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Cover the lights with the spray insulation. You don't need to cover it with a thick layer, just enough to hide the plastic sheeting and or bottles. Remember we want to see the light.

While it's dying you can tap at it with the foam cans tip to roughen up the texture. Be careful this crap gets everywhere if your not carefull.

You can also add bits of wood or charcoal to the foam at this time before it dries.

Step 4: What it looks like so far

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At this point it lights up very bright in the dark and looks like a pile of white hot coals. Its possible to stop here and use as is, If your not planning to have your props out before Halloween day that is... it will need more work if it's to be seen in daylight and not just in the dark of night.
 
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Lava Flow

cool idea. Will the lights melt the plastic if it's on for a long time?

Nope
garnoft17 days ago

Very nice.

sabu.dawdy22 days ago

WOW

co0pster3 months ago
Cool,got a new one for the cemetery this year! Thank for sharing
rlryhorchuk3 months ago

coals for a fireplace; will be trying this

This is such a cool idea. Thank you so much for sharing :)

If you change the colors and final layers slightly it would be possible to have the effect of a melting corpse or monster.
jzuwala motts (author)  Computer__Geek3 months ago

I'm working on an instructable on how to make the burnt corpse shown in the photos at the end of this one

kstadtlander3 months ago

Awesome decoration for Halloween. Looks easy to make too.

bagnitsch3 months ago

That's actually really cool. Could be like at a luau party too, for volcano lava.

Mielameri3 months ago
This looks amaaaaazing! Well done! And so easy, too :)
05053 months ago
This is so awesome. Thinking about doing a zombie like this. Amazing.