In order to turn Sphero into an eyeball, you are going to need a few supplies. The following instructions include all the materials Sphero-fan Deth Becomes You used to created this awesome monstrosity.
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-Sand paper or equivalent. Fine grit.
-Translucent paints or inks.
-Rubbing alcohol. For cleaning.
-Airbrush, brushes, or anything you want to apply the paint.
-Gloss spray paint.
-Future Floor Shine.
-Fishing line or thin thread.
Step 1: Preparing the Surface
Once you are finished sanding, you'll need to clean the ball of any extra dust or particles. Just stick Sphero under the faucet and wash away the debris, then dry him off thoroughly with a towel.
Next, give Sphero a good once-over with the rubbing alcohol. Apply the rubbing alcohol to a paper towel or cotton ball, and wipe off any excess. Now you are ready for the next step. Painting!
Step 2: Painting
First, create a circle template on masking tape and place that onto Sphero over the logo. Using an airbrush, then paint in the iris and pupil area. Removed the tape and began applying layers of colors and veining techniques. The purpose of using more transparent paints and inks is so that the lights from within Sphero will still shine brightly through. Sphero 2.0 works especially well for this project because the LEDs inside are much brighter than its predecessor, giving you the customizer the ability to get away with more paints in layers.
Once you are content with what you have painted, it's time to move on to completion of the project. Soon you will have the baddest Sphero on the block!
Step 3: Gloss Coating
Using fishing line or thin thread, run the line inside the small seam between the 2 hemispheres of the ball. Give yourself enough slack that once you have tied a knot, you can suspend the ball from an overhang (such as a shower curtain rod, in the picture). Secure the line in place by tying another knot. Now you are ready to apply the gloss clear coat!
Simply follow the directions provided on the can. Deth Becomes You applied 3 layers of clear coat gloss to the eyeball Sphero.
Once you have finished applying the gloss, look for the "cure time" on the can. Usually it is 24 hours. So...wait.
Step 4: Shine and Protect
There is one more step to make your Sphero as glossy-perfect as the one pictured here. With the ball still suspended by the string and the clear coat cured, squirt the Future Floor Shine all over Sphero, covering it completely. Go ahead and let it drip off. Wait a couple minutes and then dab lightly at the droplet that is no doubt hanging on to the bottom of the ball. Let the ball hang out for a few more hours - 6-8 just to be sure.
The added layer of floor wax will protect your work longer and it can be reapplied whenever you see fit. Just wipe the surface of the Sphero with a damp towel and squirt the floor wax over it again.