Deth Becomes You here again with another Instructable for building your own Grinch Sphero! This Instructable is similar to the last one I did with an eyeball Sphero for Halloween, but this time, I have added a cool tech twist. The entire process you see in the following steps was documented using Google Glass - the perfect documenting device for this round robot.
STINK, STANK, STUNK! LET'S BEGIN!
So what do we need to make this nasty wasty skunk? Only a few things.
- Sphero Robotic Ball (duh)
- Sandpaper. A higher grit rating is preferred.
- Some sort of brush tip marker that is not permanent.
- Thread or thin fishing line.
- Brushes/airbrush (optional).
- Acrylic paint (greens, yellow, red, black).
- Clear coat spray paint (flat matte finish).
- Vinyl/Latex gloves.
- Masking tape.
- Soul full of gunk.
- A three-decker sauerkraut toadstool sandwich (optional).
Step 1: Step One: Get on Your Gloves and Grab Your Sandpaper
Step 2: Step Two: Base Coat
Because Sphero's logo is made out of a different material, it might be harder to paint. You can first apply a little white over it and then paint over that with your base color.
Step 3: Step Three: Take a Whack at Drawing
Use reference photos for what you are creating, or freehand your design. Drawing over your Sphero this way creates a guide for you to paint over in a later step.
Step 4: Step Four: the Eyes Have It
Step 5: Step Five: the Bad Banana With a Greasy Black Peel
If you have not already done so, tie your line of thread or fishing line around the ball in the hemisphere groove. Give yourself enough slack so you can hang the ball away from anything it could come in contact with while you spray. Your Grinch Sphero is now ready for its clear coat!
I decided to go with a matte clear. You can go with a gloss finish if you would like, but it might make your Grinch look extra slimey. I wanted a finish that was closer to fur which to me I thought looked less than clean. Come on, the Grinch is far from clean.
Step 6: Step Six: All Your Base Are Belong to Us
I went with a slightly darker green color for painting the base. I wanted the base to be more like the neck of the cuddly-as-a-cactus Grinch. I free-handed little "v" marks in black paint as you can see - something I felt matched the Grinch design. Once the paints are dry you are ready to clear coat the base just like the ball.
Step 7: Step Nine: Show Off Your Grinch
You have done a wonderful job capturing the likeness of the most deplorable, low-down, dirty, King of Mean, The Grinch. And even if you haven't, hopefully you had fun. Pat yourself on the back and go fill your stocking with coal. You deserve it!
*Sphero 2.0 also makes a great stocking stuffer.