Budget for Zombie FX?

Hallloo. I am trying to come up with a budget for make-up and gore FX for a decently funded Zombie movie. Usually I work with an existing budget, and I've never done anything this extensive. There are 8 dessicated zombies, a few of their heads explode, one human head is destroyed with a sledgehammer, drill-bit in the eye, that kind of thing. Any advice, past experiences, memoirs, etc. would be wonderful. I'm a sculptor by training, so that's how I'm looking at this project. Like gross kinetic sculptures. Yikes, and away!

Topic by underpalace 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Budget Bowl Lathe

I salvaged an AC motor from an old water pump I found on the side of the road and want to use it to make a simple lathe for turning green wood bowls and cups.  I was thinking about using a floor flange as the face plate, a nipple for the shaft and pillow bearing blocks to support it.  This assembly would be driven by a v belt and controlled by the speed controller from a jig saw.  I attached pictures of the components and a simple cad drawing of the assembly. Do you think this would be functional? Any recommendations?        

Topic by ischaren 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


First Motorcycle, budget

Hi. I've recently been hooked on motorcycles. I'd love to get one and start riding and working on one. There are a few problems. First off, I'm only 13 years old, but I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs. I know that it's illegal for me to ride a motorcycle, and I'm not even sure if I can take a mfs course at this age. I wouldn't be riding on any big roads, and would barely even ride it, besides riding it to my best friends house (he'd help me work on it, his dad is into bikes, and he only lives a few miles away), and around a few back roads in my neighborhood. My dad has been riding motorcycles for before I was born, and has multiple types and sizes of bikes (he has a touring Harvey, I believe it's a VRSC, a ninja 600, and a dirt bike which I don't know the model of). He could teach me and show me how to properly ride a motorcycle. Also, I don't know what kind of bike to get. I've heard dual purpose bikes are good for starters, but I really have no idea where to start. I'd appreciate input. Preferably it'd be a bike that I could work on and modify/upgrade as I go along. Thirdly, is price. I don't really know my exact budget, but it'd be around $600-$700. I know it's barely anything, but I'd have to pay for the bike myself, and that's all I have. If it's even possible to purchase a bike at this price point, it doesn't even have to run, I'd love your input. Ideally I'd like to keep everything to the absolute bare minimum, as cheap as possible. My dad already has safety gear, and I could borrow it if I rode my bike.  Again, thanks for your input, and any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 

Topic by IvanT3 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Robotic pet (low budget)? Answered

Hiyas I am longing loads for pet of my own since my bunny died. but i am not allowed another pet. does anybody have any ideas of how to make a *loving* pet????       thanks p.s this is my first ever comment on instructables!!!!! pp.s needs to be low budget (eg. under $100)

Question by juicymoose 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Budget Keeper Fridgemagnet, is this doable?

Howdy folks, I have an idea for a budget "keeper" and I'd like to know if it is doable. Here's my idea: Make a small (5"x7" maximum) lightweight budget calculator that goes on your fridge. It will keep "budget limits" for a few categories: Grocery, Fast-food, Non-Food, Car and "other". expenses. The intent is that at the beginning of the month you'd enter your budget limits for each category. Then when you get home each time after spending some money you'd enter in what category you spent in and how much. Then it would tell you how much you have left! This would be so useful to me! Maybe others? I'm not a circuitry/soldering kinda guy, but I am a C#/VB programmer, so I could write the logic on that level. Is this something that is doable from an "instructables" point of view? Thanks!

Topic by jimbox31 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Looking for Makers and Creators budgets available

Makers and Creators! Every year artists and engineers from the NY community gather their illuminated installations and wearables together in a celebration of optics and artistry known as the Black & Light Ball.  This year's theme honors the work of Leonardo DaVinci, and we can think of no better group of innovators and artists than you to invite to display your work, and epitomize the inventive spirit of the quintessntial Renaissance Man. Black & Light Ball has always been akin to a Psychadelic Maker Fair with a mix of amazing visuals emanating from all angles (along with DJs, projections, and performances) --- and this year we are going to make it even more so--- WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION... Budgets available for works that embody glowy, trippy, blinky amazement -- if you would like to display on May 21 please submit here: http://goo.gl/forms/giRMkz2Iyw The Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670167269900365/

Topic by bkeeven 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Best Hollowbody guitar on a budget? Answered

I am going to buy a hollowbody guitar from guitarcenter (or online if I can) and I need to know what is the best possibe guitar for a limited ammount of money. I do not want to spend over $300, and even that is pushing it. My grandpa has an Ibanez hollowbody as shown below, and I love it. I am looking into the green ibanez below, but it is ALOT of money too! What do I do? -freeza36

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Graphic Design table on a budget

So after seeing all the drafting table instructables and multitouch displays I think Ive decided to make a hybrid with a desk that has an inlayed box holding the multitouch display that can rise up and out of table at an angle similar to the drafting tables found on here. I would then use a wall mounted monitor to free up space on desk for old school pencil drawing. Just wondering if anyone had any ideas or issues they could think of right off the bat to help me in the brainstorming process. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! Happy making!

Topic by Tylercrowder65 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


DVI to VGA Conversion on a Budget

I didn't make this into an Instructable because my wife is visiting Minnesota and took the digital camera with her. If anyone wants to build this and photograph their process, just include me as a collaborator and I'll be happy... :) I just acquired a new (used) video card for my Mac. Unfortunately, it has a ADC (Apple Display Connector) and a DVI (Digital Video Interface). While the card is capable of driving two displays, I only had a DVI-VGA adapter and ADC-VGA adapters run $50-100US! I decided that I'd just have to figure out how to wire my own adapter and run it to an unused PCI plate. The following schematic is a DVI-VGA adapter. I've included the pins that would be used for the equivalent points on an ADC connector. I just finished wiring an ADC connector to a VGA connector on another plate. It works perfectly! I hope this saves someone else a few bucks... Vegas

Topic by LasVegas 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 weeks ago


Cheap projects

I just recently joined Instructables, and I'm looking for cheap (not necessarily simple) projects that involve mechanics or making anything out of easily found materials. Something like LostRite's hidden blade or this Mechanical Hand. I'm in high school and don't yet have a job, so many of the projects i find are out of my budget. Thanks for any of your suggestions!

Topic by StayingClassy 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Affordable 3d Printers?

Does anyone know where I can buy a quality, inexpensive 3d printer to get started in 3d printing?

Topic by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What is the product design budget in schools?

I want to make a spectrum analyser in product design and I have found all of the parts on rapid electronics (where my school buys things from). The total comes to about £150 (eek!) I cannot ask my teacher about this, because I have a school holiday and I have to research what I am going to make now (in the course of the holiday). Would my teacher allow me to order these objects? I go to a government funded comprehensive secondary school in birmingham (if this makes a difference). Will the school budget suffice? Thanks!

Question by knektek 6 years ago


Fastest roller-blade wheels on a budget?

By next spring, I want to get new roller-blade wheels to put on my street luge. I would only like to spend around $25 at most. I live near a Sports Authority, and semi-close to a Dicks Sporting Goods. Any ideas? thanks

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to soundproof a rehersal space on a budget?

Basically thinking of getting a shed to use as rehearsal space for my 2 bands but without breaking the bank. I've read about using egg boxes etc but how would I go about soundproofing the doors etc so it's airtight? I have houses either side of me and behind me and I have a pretty small garden so need to keep sound levels to an absolute minimum.  Any help would be appreciated as I don't have the first clue where to start.  Cheers

Question by kb43 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Ideas for restoring a steamer trunk on a budget?

I acquired this great steamer trunk today with the intent of turning it into a coffee table/storage trunk for my growing collection of jadeite glassware.  However, I was so excited about finding it that I didn't inspect it as closely as I should have, and as a result, I've now got a very rusty steamer trunk on my hands - in some places the rust got so bad that it ate through the metal entirely, showing the wood beneath.   Now, as a college student, I simply just don't have the budget to get it professionally restored, and I'm okay with that; I'm looking at it as more of a stopgap than an investment.  But, I was wondering if there was something else I could do to fix it up?  I considered stripping off the remaining tin sheeting and using a rust-stopper on the hinges, etc, priming the exposed wood, and then simply painting over the entire thing. Any suggestions, tips, etc, are very much appreciated!

Question by your-nibs 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Where can I get a decent Airsoft AEG Rifle for under $50?

I'm looking a decent Airsoft AEG Rifle for no more than $50. I know that $50 is a very low budget, but I only want this for small games with a couple friends in backyards/woods. Low FPS is fine. Only real requirement (besides it being an AEG rifle) is that it doesn't fall apart right as I get it. The only thing I've been able to find is a Crosman Pulse R71/R73, and both seem to have poor build quality, therefore a little over priced. Thanks a bunch!

Question by Gatherix 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


DIY From start to Finish Step-by-Step Velomobile?

Hello all! Just joined after hearing great things about i*.com. For a long time I wondered: Can I build my very own velomobile on a cheap? I think this is possible, but how, a bigger question.... I did some research and an average DIY pack costs around €2500, way to expensive for me.. So my question: Is it possible to build an velomobile for 250€ or less? Thanks Thomas

Topic by TT2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Room heat transfer?

Greetings all, I live in a solar powered house which is heated by a single log burning stove which is situated in the main living area. Is it possible for me to transfer heat to the colder rooms by simply putting ducting between the top sections of the adjoining walls (seeing that hot air travels to cold areas - in theory!) or will I have to use a fan? I am trying to use as little power as possible or ideally non at all. Has anyone got any experience of this or know of any suitable solutions? Many thanks in advance.

Question by peachvw 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Do you find ways to cook "gourmet" on a budget? How?

What gourmet meals can you whip out on a budget? I'm looking to write more budget-friendly "gourmet" recipes. I live in California, so year-round produce is an option. Thanks everyone :) I'll be sure to credit you if I cook one of your ideas.

Question by garnishrecipes 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Contest/Challenge/Catagory Idea: Instructables for the short-on-time bunch!

I'm somewhat of an instructables/DIY junkie, but all too frequently I find a great project that I know I won't have time to finish for years. So, unless it's already been done and I haven't seen it, I propose an instructables challenge for one hour projects, maybe limited to household object, or a ~$50 budget. Not sure if this is the correct forum to be broaching the subject, but it can't hurt to try. Someone Please email/PM me if this catches on! Thanks!

Topic by joknrok 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Low cost house building ideas?

Hi Forum. My wife and I have just purchased a piece of land. It was a stretch but the plan is to check out of the rat race once and for all. What we are looking for is ideas, plans, resources, links etc for a DIY home that won't require a mortgage from hell. Any and all ideas greatly appreciated. Also interested in looking at prefab as an option. Thanks. Thoughtfission.

Topic by muddywaters 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to Shoot a War Scene on a Tight Budget

See how to use just three people to create a full war scene complete with explosions within four days.For the shooting anyway. Still not clear how long this took to assemble in post. via Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago


High Tech Microscopy on a Very Tight Budget

 Among microscopy amateurs there is a long established tradition of grinding lenses and making their own microscopes. ( Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, who is known as the "Father of Microbiology", was a linen-draper by trade with no formal scientific education, yet his skill at making microscopes and his observations won him international recognition.)  When it comes to non optical microscopy (electron and scanning probe) the idea of making your own microscope at home is more intimidating. Mostly because of the cost and difficulty of getting parts you'll need.  But it seems that this man, John D. Alexander from Gilbert, AZ, found a clever way to build a scanning tunneling microscope using cheap and commonly available parts.   Have a look at his site www.geocities.com/spm_stm/Project.html  Very interesting. If someone of you will try to build his own microscope, let us know.

Topic by Fabio M 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


connect picaxe / computer / internet - budget solution ?

Am a newbee to picaxe working with mac soft- and hardware & i spent a a lot of time looking for the following: ------------------------------------ i would like to ... - transfer in- output data from simple components (such as a IR LED used for light/dark detection ) - .... via picaxe - ... to windows and mac computers in order to .... - pass them on to a website or eMail them ------------------------------------ i already had a look at ... - arduino/processing configurations (e.g. some amazing "twitter" variants posted on instructables, hack-a-day, etc. ... ) - additional external server projects (as on this site - e.g. very impressive webcams driven by websites and controlled by 'site users ...) - Nordic RF, Cellular, Zigbee, Bluetooth, XBee WiFi, FM Transmitter and Receiver, General TX/RX sending/receiving configurations (btw. - there is a very interesting comparison of these on sparkfun ---> http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/128 ) - very elaborate software solutions (using combinations of php, processing, python and other scripts) all of them being highly impressive and, most important of course: working well ------------------------------------ but - is there any quite easy-to-configure and budget way which does not require ... - additional, external servers - platform specific software (windows/mac/linux only) - the implementation of several software packages and runs with e.g. ... - a 08M2 picaxe (or larger).... - probably cheap component(s) (such as the Nordic RF mentioned on sparkfun) - a minimum of software requirements - a software/software component which is easy to install and configure (Visual Basic Macros doesn't seem to run once i created them via word on my mac) ? any hints are highly appreciated ...  

Topic by marc_is_curious 7 years ago


Which online trading site should I use? ETrade or TDAmeritrade?

I am a novice investor and I need to make a little more cash  (day job isn't paying all the bills). I would like to not have to use a paypal account. I have chosen these two to choose from because they are reliable,reputable and they are in my price range. I am leaning more towards etrade but tdameritrade has the immediate option of adding your routing number to your checking account. Anyways I just want to see if anyone here uses either and which one is the best for basic stock trading and money making? Also if you have better ideas for me to make a little money online please let me know because I'm just a bit desperate for cash right now. Thank you AB

Question by acidbass 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I am currently in the market for a laptop and just wanted to see which would be the best buy for my budget? Answered

I have about 300 dollars and I am looking down the refurbished route but I hate dell and macs are to much i would prefer to have an HP but i wanted to see if there were any brands I have overlooked that might be a better buy I will mostly use it for email music movies and school (high school)

Question by acidbass 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to make a economical quadcopter for my collage project ?

Question by junaidkhan980 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


for the ultimate budget fog chiller, would dry ice perhaps raise the affectiveness of the cooling?

Because dry ice is coolder than ice, if you sort of,..shaved it doun to about icecube size, would it cool the fog faster than the ice? and it would last longer too right?

Question by isiansum 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I am needing an a adapter to convert 120VAC to 12VDC 8 Amps for a blower?

All the wall wart type adapters I've found don't seem to go above 3-4 Amps. And the only adapters I've seen that can handle 8 Amps are around $50. I can buy the $50 but I'm on a bit of a budget. Plus that's a lot of money in case I screw it up. I've only worked with regular wall warts before. So does anyone have any ideas or advice? (I'm going to be hitting some thrift stores today to see what I can find)

Question by DracoRincewind 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Rat Bikes

Good bike to start with. Budget. Tools needed.

Question by mabish 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I have a very small budget and area rugs are proving to be expensive any ideas on where to get one or how to make one?

I have a dining room and living room that have brown carpet, im looking to cover them up with two area rugs,

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


$200-$250 computer build. all all the parts compatible, any issues you see?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- here are the parts for my first build. please tell me if you see a problem with the selection CASE: ------Cooler Master RC-343-KKN1 MOBO:------ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (any better value out there)? CPU: --------Pentium G620 (lga-1155) (can you best it within  $60?) (stock) GPU:---------n/a, on-board Intel HD 2000 RAM:--------Team Elite 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333MHz OS: ----------Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit. HHD: --------the old HDD i have in my old computer, a 250gb 5400RPM drive. OPTICAL: -my current DVD drive in my old computer. PSU: --------will 350W be enough power for this? i think so. [total cost]: <$250 including the parts i don't think i need. (optical, case, PSU, CPU, heatsink) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IF YOU SEE EVERYTHING IS GOOD AND COMPATIBLE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, YOU GET BEST ANSWER. other questions: 1) what advantages can i get out of a good housing/case? can i get more USB ports? or are the aftermarket cases just for looks and good airflow? 2) my current hard drive is loud (no clunking, but clearly audible clicking (30 decibles maybe?) and some faint brown noise under load). it is an older heavily used HHD, how much life does it have left? i don't know of any software to test it. i use Ubuntu as my only OS so a program to test it has to be for Linux (preferably .deb package) i have more info and qustions at: https://www.instructables.com/answers/ultra-budget-computer-system-with-good-upgrade-opt/ if you could also answer those, i would highly appreciate it.

Question by -max- 6 years ago


I just finished the inside of my how to build a cabin on a budget .

I just finished  and posted my how to finish the inside of a cabin on a budget instructable. Please take a peak and see how you like it .Thanks Jim

Topic by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Cool websites for making Big-Budget looking movies for about a tenth of the cost

If you want to be making Pro movies for almost none of the cost, then look to these sites for assistance:IndyMogulVideo CopilotFX SupplyThese are just the few I find to be the most helpful; if you know of any others, please put them in a comment for everyone to use.

Topic by impossiblecorey 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



can someone help me with ?

I am working on a toy boat with a motor under water and I have a budget of  $10 

Question by zhengguang 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can i keep my attic warm on a small budget?

I live in my attic year round. its managable, however when the overhead stars are open, it sucks the heat from the rest of the house. I live in a VERY old house (still bark on the beams) with a metal roof but no insulation in the attic. i would love to not have to put in insulation and finish the ceiling (sheet rock etc.) because it would be costly and make it unhospitable in the summer. I was hopeing that someone out there had a very cool method for keeping some heat in, or creating cheap heat easily. the rouble is that all the heat simply goes out the roof, so space heaters wont work. thank you very muxh for your help! ~farley

Topic by krazy00kanadian 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


FPV Quad-copter Build?

I want to build a Quadcopter with some specifications: -GoPro Hero3 Mount -Additional wireless onboard FPV camera -About a 2 mile range -GPS to return to certain location  -30 minute battery life My budget would be around $200-500 Is this build possible? If so, is my budget enough? or is it going to cost more? May anyone help me on the specifications on the hardware (Motors,ESC's, Flight Control, GPS)

Question by joselalala 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Aspiring techie. Where do I find the skills, the tools, the work?

As a child I grew up on legos and K'nex, and I wish my first computer had come earlier in life. I want to pursue more things like programming, robotics, working on cars and lighting the neighborhood with massive LED Beacons of custom-PC goodness. I've tried some researching of certain topics on my own, but I usually run into some difficult roadbumps. Particularly, there often runs a gap between beginner and advanced knowledge I find hard to bridge. I started off great with some programming classes at college, but their department is lacking. The other significant obstacle that comes to mind is cost. It's hard to shell out for new tools and parts for every project. Do you have any advice? Where could I find an entry-level job at an electronics re-saler, or something like that? I don't really have the skills for a mechanic, but what might be a first step? Or, something pre-programming that I could learn from- particularly for game or software development? Which schools in the Midwest have more hands-on training?

Question by drumagon 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



I am buying a nintendo 64, what games and accessories should I get? Answered

My budget is 60$ or less.

Question by qwerty29 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I build a light sequencer?

I'd like to do a musical light show for my Christmas display next year on a strict budget

Question by coachpete35 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


simple amp?

I am on a budget of $80 and i want to make a guitar amp with volume control, gain control, and a speaker. can someone help me do this? please?

Question by boedogs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Looking for homemade candy recipes!!!! Answered

Me and my friends are looking for some extra money and decided that we were going to try to sell some homemade candy. We are looking for some easy-ish recipes, but we are willing to try some harder ones too. We are on a pretty (very) low budget. Maybe $25 or so. So, if you know any recipes personally, or the URL's to some other recipes online, please include them in your answer. Alternatively, you could private message your recipes and info to me on YouTube. My channel is TNTutorials. Please do your best to contribute. We are doing our best to save up money for some personal goals, and the civilians in my neighborhood are candy heads, so we thought that this should work. Please take this seriously, and try to contribute! Thanks!!!

Question by fearmonger12 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Cheap Electric Gokart??

Anyone know how to make one? I would like to know how to build an actual one. 2 passenger. Budget under 200

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


need pcb help

Im wondering if I can use a ink printer to make PCB layouts, Because its all that I have, and im on a low budget.

Topic by newwarhammer2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Question about a instructable

 I am working a project   and i was wondering  if i should  publish it as a Instructable or as a guide ?  The title is   How to build a modern  12 x 36  Cabin on a budget....

Topic by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



How do yo do a convincing STABBING effect for a low budget movie ?

Whats the best/convincing way to do a STABBING effect for a movie on a very low budget, less than $1000? The scene calls for someone to be repeatedly stabbed (in some scenes its the chest,others the stomach,back, exct.) with an military/hunting style knife. We obviously DO NOT want to hurt the Actress/Actors so I need to know if anyone out there has any tips or a step by step instructable on how to pull it off? Thank You

Question by wildhero 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How can i make my room cooler looking with a small budget?

I am a male Freshman in High School and i want my room looking less childish. it is a small room (12'x 12') with an open closet 2' deep. I cant do much furniture but small details(lights, items etc.) are open. Please help.

Question by airhunter119 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago