Candle Powered Shadow Projector

If anyone has seen the movie "Sleepy Hollow" starring Johnny Depp, you must have noticed the scene where the little boy lights the candles in the punched tin can, the can starts to spin from the heat of the candles, and the punched holes in the can are shapes, a cat, a witch, a tree, etc, and these shapes are actually projected onto the walls, projected and spinning very, very slowly.  As you know this movie is set in the late 1800's, so it is not any kind of electrical thing.  I would love some ideas on how to make one of these, I don't even know what they are called, I have looked for one on ebay and here on instructables....I've been calling it a "shadow projector" but that probably isn't right.  It is an awesome little contraption, great for halloween or anytime, depending on the theme of the pictures punched on it.  Any ideas/photos/clues would be appreciated.  Thanks!

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Seeking PROP GUN info: from a gunsmith, metalsmith and/or fellow prop builder

Hi all, I've been asked to design a "Hellboyish BIG handgun" to shoot "holy water dart bullets at demons" for a show that is in pre-production. I've decided that rather than the usual "glue a bunch of stuff onto an existing toy gun and spray paint it" prop build I would like to actually make a functional metal prop gun (functional in that all the parts should work like a real gun but of course not actually shoot real bullets). Soooo.... my plan is to design the look of it and then work with a gunsmith to design the functionality; get the parts milled and then assemble it. Simple, right? Anyway, I'm not sure where to start so I'm calling out to the Instructables community. Has anyone built their own guns from scratch? Does anyone have advice? Right now I'm looking into companies that customize existing guns but what I really need is to start from scratch. All advice appreciated! DAZU

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