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DIY Painted Eyeball Sphero for Halloween

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It's that time of year again! Sphero's favorite holiday is just around the corner. This time, instead of gutting and glittering pumpkins, turn your Sphero into the spookiest robot on the block. Everyone knows, a rolling eyeball is the #1 way to scare kids away from eating all your candy. 

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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Materials:

-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.
 
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Step 1: Preparing the Surface

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In order to have a successful paint job that stays on your Sphero, you will first need to sand the surface. This way, the paint will have something to stick to once you apply it. Simply rub your fine grit sand paper over the surface of the entire ball. Observe the before and after pictures to get a good sense of this step.

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!

VadimS9 months ago
Use threads of red wool for the veins, that's how it's done professionally.
Yes @VadimS you are right. I did not however on this application. I was worried the threads might have hindered the original treads on the ball. If this had been a stand alone prop that was not a functioning toy I would have been more inclined to use that technique.