Special Effects?

I NEED SPECIAL EFFECTS PROGRAMS FOR MY VIDEOS please? -thanx

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Special Effects

Hey guys, Our first topic is making special effects with explosions and fire. The goal is to make a way to make safe special effects explosions and make them look realistic. Movie quality special effects on the chaep and/or on the safe. Please, dont copy the ideas of others. And we still except all other transmissions of diffrent ideas.

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Video special effects help. Answered

I have been poking around for a good video special effects/editing software. So far I have found a couple good looking programs such as Adobe's After Effects. But I. Would like to know if there is a better way to spend my money to get the cheap muzzle flashes and laser effects I am looking for. All suggestions and advice are much appreciated!

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How can I create Magical special effects? Answered

I have been cast as Merlin in a medieval fair living chess board act. We have a few reliable magic tricks we've used in the past, but I'm trying to find/think up new ideas. This is a live show and I will most likely be standing on an elevated stage for most of it. I don't mind cheesy tricks (I might even do the string of handkerchiefs up the sleeve gag). Illusions that can be used in "combat" are very welcome. So, if you have ideas, or know of any websites that will help, I'd really appreciate. I've looked through Instructables, but haven't found much, so if you know any good ones, assume I missed them.

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How do you add the gunfire effect on videos? Answered

My team and I are gonna make a trailer for a certain book. We don't have licenses or even the materials for special effects. I keep seeing these edited videos with gunfire that looks so real like "The Incredibly Slow Murderer with an Extremely Ineffective Weapon". Just go type it into the YouTube search box. If my trailer looks extremely real, then I'll post it on YouTube. Oh, and the software I have to use for these effects has to be freeware.

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Explosives

I am going to be filming an action film soon and I need to some explosives to use in some shots. Anybody know how to make some? I can get pottasum and all that stuff I just don't know how to make it. I also need an electric fuse so it can be set off manually not by having to wait. So if any one knows how to make that too.  I was going to use black powder but wondered if there is a better way. It will be covered with dirt to make a dirt explosion not all fiery. 

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Ring a bell? (Special event for British members)

The Olympics are coming, and although I will miss most of it, it would be cool if I could take part in some way. It turns out I can, and so can every other Brit reading this, in an event called All the Bells. The short version is, on Friday 27th July, at 08:12am, UK time, as many bells as possible, from doorbells and bike bells, all the way up to full cathedral bell-towers will ring, all across the United Kingdom. Taking part is easy - just stand on your doorstep and press your doorbell - but why not go the full hog?  Are you in a cycling club?  Get them all out in the street, ringing their bike bells. Live near a church?  Even if you're not religious, get in touch and get them involved. Go to school?  Talk to the music teacher, borrow the hand bells or the tubular bells. Are you an engineer?  Hang up the biggest lump of steel on the site, and beat it with a hammer. Heck, just get all your friends to set an alarm on their phones and iPods with a bell-tone at 08:12, or turn up your PC speakers and play with sound effects. Pass the website around your friends and contacts by Facebook or Twitter, put a poster up at work, add graphics and links to your blog, and generally spread the word. [BLOGGED]

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Ex-Girlfriends/Boyfriends

Have you ever broke up with somebody that was special to you? Have you ever since that awkward moment when you guys are in the same place? well I have for one. Its always so awkward when s/he says let be friends when you know that you guys arent going to be acting like freinds. Then not only does it effect you but it effets your friends if you guyss have the same kind of friends!!! I hate this so much. You know you guys cant be friends, you still have feelings for s/he, and ya have alot of classes together! So what should you do?? Should you guys be enemies? Should you just erase s/he from you life permentally? I for one dont know what to do.... Maybe you guys know? Please answer this question as if it was you!!! Question: What would you do if you and your special other broken up and s/he dont want to be with you yet you have feelings for s/he??

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is there a free full download out there for adobe aftereffects cs5.5?

I really need after effects, for creating special effects in my stopmotion movies please can someone help. the version i would like is after effects cs5.5 it has to be 32 bit compatible and compatible or windows thankyou

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How to make it appear that bullets shoot out of gun props without using Special Effects?

My little brother and I wish to make a film and have people firing guns at each other. These guns will be props for the film and won't shoot real bullets. We need a way to make it seem like the guns are actually shooting but we don't want to get bogged down in special effects.

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Is a special technique required to apply water-based paint with an air spray gun?

Using 30-40 psi as specified. Using a small, detail gun with compressor.   Finish is rough, flat, rather than glossy.  Spray appears to dry in flight. I varied distance, paint-volume, pressure, and thinned the paint with water.  Nothing is effective.

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Any body have a way to create a smoke cloud?

I'm helping with Aladdin the musical and I got put on special effects and I need a way to make a Puff of smoke that the genie can disappear into, any ideas? Also fire cant be involved

Question by Emsaid   |  last reply


Help wanted for new filmmaking show!

We're making a show about filmmaking without a budget, but we need your help! Email us at zerobudget@mulliganmedia.net with your ideas for the show and, (if htey're good enough) we will answer them! All we need is a suggestion, a tip or trick - a technique you would like covered or a special effect you would like to see created.  View the latest episodes at http://mulliganmedia.net/zerobudget  Thanks heaps for your help! 

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Advice on making a Halloween costume?

Hello everyone! I’d like some advice on a Halloween costume I’d like to make. I’d like to be a mermaid with a spear through my stomach, so somewhat of a zombie/corpse mermaid. I was wondering what I should make the spear out of and how I should attach it to my body? I’m planning on putting it through my stomach pointing upward to avoid having it run into people lol, and I plan on doing some special effects wound makeup around it if that helps. Thanks in advance!

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what software would be good for stopmotion videos without spending to much money?

Hello, one one of my favorite hobbies is making stop motion videos, but i make them on my 3ds. and with the 3ds you cannot add sound or have special effects. so i was wandering what kind of software i should get to make my stopmotion videos more realistic by adding sounds and effects.

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Ever see those camera shots where someone makes a real location seem to be in miniature? Answered

How do they do that? I would love to create photos like that but haven't been able to figure out how.

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How to build a remotely activated spring-loaded glass-smashing special fx rig?

Hi all, I need to design/build a special fx rig that I can use to remotely break glass doors in a cabinet for a tv show. I've looked at the glass poppers sold at fx shops but they use squibs; this is a hidden camera prank show and the victim of the gag has to believe the glass smashed because they were singing in a high-pitched voice, so I can't use the squibs (the victim will hear them go off). Also, the glass is candy glass. I am imagining something like the hammer on a gun; something that I can cock and leave set in the cabinet, then perhaps pull a string to trigger it into hitting the glass. Anyone have better ideas? Many thanks, Damian

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How can i make a basic firecracker into a waterproof firecracker?

I need to be able to use these fireworks (equivalent of m80's ) for a film sequence and they need to be lit above water and go bang down below. any help would be appreciated. thanks in advance.

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Lifecasting

Hey I'm new but I really LOVE the website. I just had one quick question could someone show me how to do a lifecast of a human head. I'm a theatre major and I'd love to get involved in special effects but I'm starting on my own. Any help would be great. :)

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how do I remote control light a candle?

I was hoping to light a candle using some kind of remote control. It can be wired. It's to a candle suspended in mid air using chains. I wanted to light it remotely for special effect. :) Would appreciate any thoughts on this! Thanks very much!

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Halloween Makeup Contest

Hey, fellow DIYers, I'm running a Halloween makeup contest using my recipe for non-toxic homemade substitute for latex. The theme is "non-gory" (which I think is much harder than gory), and the prize is a $150-value professional makeup kit by Ben Nye. Check out the contest rules here.

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Is there a way to rotoscope an image in Jasc Paint Shop Pro?

Can I easily rotoscope an image taken from my digital camera in Jasc Paint Shop Pro?  If you only know how to in Photoshop, that help would be appreciated as well.  I know most companies used special software to achieve this effect, but is there a cheaper way to pull it off without buying that software?

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Should I make an Instructable for this?

Haha, I was already going to make it. I'm just super excited about it so I wanted to share a sneak peek with y'all. I made it out of PVC and metallic paint, mostly, then the usual Steampunk bits and pieces. Then I decided it needed to be lit up with LEDs for special effect! Then I decided it needed a laser sight! Win.

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How do I make a Swivel Green Screen Camera Setup?

I am a filmmaker and one of the things I adore is special effects.  One of things I want to do is make a simple effect in which I use a real physical model of a vehicle and I put it in front of a green screen.  However give it the illusion that a camera is panning around the whole thing while it's driving through whatever background I put in place of the green screen.  The way I want to do this is to make a swivel which on one end has a small green screen rigged on one end of the swivel and on the other end of it, a camera that is lined up with it. So that when I turn the swivel the camera would always follow the green screen. So that when I edit it in effects it would look as if whatever is in front of the green screen is traveling along an endless background while the camera is panning around the object.

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How do I convert a USB Plasma Sphere to battery power?

I'm trying to make a "tesla cane" (just a cane topped off with a working plasma sphere) for my cousin's steampunk-themed wedding. I already have a USB Plasma ball (Model is here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/964e/?), and I'd like to make it run off battery power. I'm good at soldering and dealing with small wires, but I've never measured voltage or anything like that. Advice? Has anyone attempted a project like this before? It seems like there are tons of "convert batteries to USB" tutorials but not many of the reverse. :)Thanks in advance!

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Husqvarna chainsaw carburetor adjustment tool

I just worked on a Husqvarna 142 chainsaw for a friend. Yes, there are openings in the side of the machine so the Low and High carburetor screws can be adjusted, but a special tool is required, or parts need to be removed from the saw so the screw shanks can be grasped with a pair of needle nose pliers. A special tool is svailable for about $6 US. It fits over the longitudinal ridges on the upper part of the screw shank. I discovered the right size of semi-rigid plastic tubing makes an effective adjustment tool. Just cut a length three or four inches long. Push one end onto the desired screw shank and turn to adjust. The tubing is rigid enough that it does not twist, but turns the screw needing adjustment.

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Bubble Machine, Sleek iPad Stand, Laser Cut Wedding Dress

Bubble Machine Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Laser Cut Wedding Dress Secret Minesweeper Pillows Simple Workbench Sleek iPad Stand Special Effects Makeup USB Game Pad Alcohol Stoves DIY Boom Box Desktop Skee Ball Make Viking Era Paint Altoids Stereo Mixer RFID Car Immobiliser Solar Hot Air Collector

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The Childen of Instructables

Recently, I have seen that there's actually a lot people under 21 here on instructables. Have you ever stopped to think what will happen to kids who find this site? With more and more of all the knowledge of people here, I've come to think that most of us under 18 here on instructables will have quite an advantage on life over other people. I'm thinkin that kids that find Instructables will end up with super careers like Special Effects or something. Mostly engineers

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Water purifiation for flood victims

Hi, I am a flood relief volunteer based in India. During flood, many children get seriously sick due to consumption of contaminated water. The flood water is contaminated with suspended particles,rotting organic matter& pathogens( specially E-coli) . These people do not have access to electricity,sanitation & medical relief. I am working on small, cheap & effective water filters that can be made/assembled at the site. If someone can suggest methods to make effective turbid water filters using commonly available materials, or send me the links which can help make these filters, it will be a big big help. Thanks, Chandan Singh,GreenPower India.Images of last yr floods 1Images of last yr floods 2 Images of last yr floods 2

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Clever ways to use ordinary parts to sense temperature? Answered

While designing a flyback driver circuit I figured the best way to cool the transistors in use would be to use the stock intel CPU cooler. They are small, compact, and effective, and the delta fan is of reasonable quality. I would like to control this PWM (4 pin) fan with the 2 extra comparators I have left over from my LM339. What common passive (or active) components have a large enough temp-co to allow their use in sensing tempurature? Or will I just need to buy some specialized ICs purpose designed for this task?

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Vertigo Lights

A few years ago I was attending a Halloween attraction where a conversation started about seeing a red skull.  We asked a few of the actors and I got the name of the attraction's special effects person.  What we were seeing was a programmable sheet of red LEDs that would flash so fast that you could only see the after image.  The F/X guy called it Vertigo Lights.  I understand the concept, but wondered if anyone has come across anything like this.  Could this be controlled by an arduino, or would a program need to be written to control all of the lights simultaneously?  I haven't been able to find anything like it in any of my searches. Any clues would be great!

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Can I use a valve amp head with a transistor combo amp's speakers?

I have a peavey special 212 which is probably about 16 years old now and has only been gigged 3 times. I can't think when it last got turned even half way up. I'd like a valve amp and was wondering if I could just get a low powered valve head and use it to drive the peavey's speakers bypassing its electronics. In effect just using the peavey as a speaker cabinet. Looking to save spending needlessly but keep my options open volume wise. Any suggestions much appreciated?

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Can I get a good PC setup for filmmaking?

Hello, I'm a film maker and I am currently running Mac system which I can't get along with. I have Final Cut Express and Paint (creating 2D images for background, not animation) as my only film making tools. It's not enough so I decided I'm going to make a PC that would specialize in film making, and maybe feature one touch screen out of the two allowing me to do animation. Basically I want to know what programs I would need to get for serious film making. I'm thinking an editing system that would work well with special effects and maybe on for just cutting and moving clips (if the other program doesn't do that well) I also want a 2D animation system thats simple (don't go crazy) but I'm taking care of the 3D myself (suggestions will be considered) Any ideas?

Question by Josh Seedorf   |  last reply


is it posspble to link lcd/ led mobilephone screens together? Answered

Is it possible to link minor lcd/ led color screens together (mobilephone screens) so they show the same picture or seval from one sorce ? Im working on a special effect suit for larp, and im going to use lcd screens to animate flowing lava ( or so is my plan at least ;) ) But im stuck on how to connect small screens together so they show the picture of flowing lava. If its possible to make them show the same picture, or event better a individual picture each. further more im planning to use more than 200 of these so is im woindring about the amount of power the sorce must output.

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Work for NASA Doing Nothing... Absolutely Nothing

NASA wants to find some special people to pay to lie in a bed for 90 days straight. No moving about, no getting up, just lying there awake for 16 hours and sleeping for 8 hours a day. If you can handle it and this even sounds somehow appealing to you, NASA will pay you $17,000 for it. That's $1,000 a week since there are periods for tests and recovery.The goal is to see what effect microgravity has on the human body. It also sounds like some new form of torture.Don't have 17 weeks to spare? Then maybe the 41 day study is for you. Then again, that study requires you to be on a human centrifuge for an hour a day for 21 days. Yikes! Bed Rest Study Artificial Gravity Project

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Making a cheap cheap projector?

I know that it's possible to crack open a "oldish" laptop or even a new one and remove the shielding around the lcd itself and shine a special light through it that's bright enough where you essentially make a lcd projector. I have a old toshiba satellite 2520cds with specs like a 2mb vid card, 96mb of ram, 4 gig hd, and a 300mhz amd processor. It runs somewhat fast, even for windows xp that I installed on it and plan to upgrade the hd down the road, but I wonder, would I be able to do the same thing with this? The screen is an older lcd that has that "motion blur" effect to it, so would it be worth it? Is there some way I could connect this lcd to my video card on my pentium 2 I have that would allow me to actually watch movies?

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Is Alumisol Soft Plastic food safe?

I'm looking to cast a fake monster tongue out of Alumisol Soft Plastic (Plastisol) for a costume. Obviously it will end up going in my mouth. I can't find any information anywhere about the food-safety of the solid compound. What I gather from the msds sheet is that it's non-toxic, but it's a little ambiguous. The retailer I asked couldn't find any information either. From what I can tell it's usually used to create soft rubber fishing lures, so I'd assume it's environmentally friendly with respect to not releasing toxins into the water, and its listed uses include special effects as well as medical reproductions (Of tissue). Has anyone used this type of plastisol in contact with food or the surface of your mouth before? All help is appreciated.

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Trash movies

Did anyone else notice the flood of extremely bad movies this year? Zombies, Nazi-Zombies, deadly virus that turns people into zombies... And then there are these "creature films".... Sharknado (1 to3 !!!), Three headed shark attack, Sharktopus VS Whalewolf, Lavalantula, Megashark VS Kolossus .... Of course we also have a lot of adventure films in the lord of the ring style... What is it that all these movies have in common? They all take at least 90 minutes from your life LOL Not sure where to start, the bad acting, the boring dialogs, the special effects - some are below high school level. So what is it that makes companies produce such crap? I admit I can quite enjoy a trash movie every now and then, but the level of trash is now higher than anything. Do you think it is the fun of making it that drives the people, desperation to at least make a movie once or what it is? Can't be to satisfiy the people buying those movies ROFL

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August "Go Pro" Sales Event

As part of our drive to get you sporting a shiny new Pro Account, we are holding a special "Go Pro" sales event which will be running through August 27th! What's in it for you besides an array of great Pro features like less advertising, custom PDF downloads and digital patches? If you act now, we promise to immediately hit Eric Wilhelm with a pie when we achieve our goal of 3,500 Pro subscribers!To sweeten this special summer deal, for every 250 subscriptions above our 3,500 Pro user goal, we promise to hit him with another pie by years end (at the discretion of the Instructables feature team). So, if we get 4,500 subscribers, he gets four extra pies!And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, if you register today and post a message below, you will receive 5 extra digital patches to give away (regardless of the plan you sign up for) and a digital kiss from the Instructables staff member of your choice!We currently have 1,502 Pro users as of 8/03/2009. Let the games begin! Upgrade to Pro here.Fine print:1. We must achieve our 3,500 user goal by 5PM PDT August 27th for any pie throwing to take effect. 2. "Immediately hit Eric Wilhelm with a pie" should be translated "as soon as humanly possible." We cannot guarantee he will answer the door in the middle of the night.

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Security Camera For My Dorm Room

I was hoping to find some guidance here about how to make a special surveillance system.   I would like for a web cam(or some other camera of sorts) to monitor my vehicle out front of my apartment though my dorm room window.  I would like for that cam to run independent of a computer, and dump it's video files onto a usb/sd card.  Is this even possible?  I also need help shopping for which webcam would be most suitible(cost effective) for my purposes.  My car is about 20-30 feet away.  I'll attach a pic.(its the red jeep) More Specs: I have an outlet right next beneath the window, so ac power would be great. I have soldering equipment available to me if necessary, but keep it simple if possible. I have 100 bucks to spend. Thanks, Jello-Jigglers

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Good kits?

Off in another thread we were talking about goodkits being a good way to get your feet wet with the practicalities of electronics: how to solder, what the individual bits look like, and so on. I was lamenting the demise of Heathkit - many a engineer in my generation had their first electronics experience putting together one of Heath's kits, using their excellent instructions.So anyway, what kits are available today that offer the hobbyist a "good" and educational building experience? The kits should have good quality PCBs and components, instructions that go far beyond "solder all the components to the board in the places indicated by the silkscreen", and hopefully some amount of theory on how the thing works, and how to troubleshoot it if it's NOT working.I'll recommend:Lady Ada's stuff - I'm not sure I'm wild about online vs printed instructions, but it certainly gives you a good chance to see what you're getting into before you order anything, and it probably permits a higher level of quality in the instructions than it would be cost-effective to have printed.2Dkits Blinkies - a more limited selection, 2dkits specializes in neat little LED badge-like things

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I am looking for a 220v/50Hz to 110v/60hz step down transformer - any help please? Answered

I want to purchase a computerized sewing machine for my wife from the US, however this machine is VERY sensitive, and manufacturer does not recommend running it on different voltage than 110v. I have checked with them, and the required input for it is:2.4  wattage. The amp is .02 and the voltage 120. I have not managed to find a reasonably priced step down transformer which can also transform the frequency - only one, but it costs a few thousands of dollars :)Please, help! This machine is not sold here, not in Europe, not even similar model. One answer I've got from a company specializing in such reliable converters: Since your sewing machine is computerized and very sensitive we do not feel confident that it will work properly with a voltage converter because of the cycle or hertz difference.  Here it is 60 hz and Israel it is 50hz and converters do not change the cycles. your sewing machine may be adversely effected. The machine I am talking about is this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003EPLBMO/ref=gno_cart_title_1 Thanks!

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Can it be made? electro-stim

I am wanting to make a special gift for my man this valentines day.Is it possible to make one of these with things lying around the house, or maybe a local store?This is a device that I can put on my mans "man-hood" and it will send electric waves through it.You can see it here:a ---FRIENDLY--- link here:http://www.therimbastore.com/Novelties05/ElectroPowerbox880.pdf-“Electro sex is a method of sexual stimulation involving the use of low voltage electronic signals to stimulate the nerves in the sexual organs into triggering pleasure and orgasmic response. Utilizing electronic signals to duplicate and increase normal sexual stimulation can have quite a profound effect on the sexual arousal of an individual or individuals. The nerves can be triggered in a way that never occurs, even in the best "normal" sex, or with friction or mechanical vibrators. Nerves are electrical triggers, and by applying electronic signals to activate them, the feelings are incredible.” When you realize that ALL impulses in the human body are electric impulses... it's obvious that you can stimulate an orgasm using the right equipment and tools.

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Looking to brainstorm about a Jacob's Ladder-style prop weapon - Grendel's Fork Answered

I have a friend who is a big fan of Matt Wagner's Grendel comics, and I thought it would be fun to make him a prop version of Grendel's signature "fork" weapon. I can handle the construction of the staff and the blades, but I'd like to get some thoughts about the special effect - a Jacob's Ladder-style electrical arc between the blades. Obviously, I'll need to modify the pictured design a bit so that the blades are electrically isolated from each other - no "tuning fork" configuration. My first thought was to just get a commercial "stun gun" and attach one contact to each blade, but I'm hoping the 'ibles community can help me come up with a better idea. Desired Specs: Hollow, black anodized metal staff. 6' length, 7/8" ID. Separates in the middle via a screw-threaded coupler. Has a threaded socket in one end and a black plastic plug in the other end. (It's an extra upright from a utility shelf unit) Blades - not purchased yet, most likely 440 stainless tanto blades (dulled)  7" to 10" plus a 3" - 4" tang. Unit must be self-contained - no power cord visible i.e. to an external battery pack or wall wart. A removable recharging cable would be OK. Arcing must be triggerable via a switch on the staff. I don't need to actually shock anyone, I just want a flashy visual effect. Simulated arcing would be perfectly fine as long as it looks good. Needs to be sturdy and fairly impact-resistant. It won't really be used as a weapon, but it will undoubtedly get played with a lot. Anybody have any suggestions?

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Led light & switch

Hi, I've purchased a wooden toy kitchen, for my daughter. I want to add a couple of special effects to it, for realism. There's one part I don't know exactly how to do and I don't know the correct terminology for the parts I need. So any advice would be greatly appreciated. basically, the pretend oven part of the kitchen, I'd like to add a push to make, illuminated switch to the panel that houses the pretend dials. I want this switch to be connected to a battery, hidden inside the play oven & upon pressing it, not only does the switch itself light up, it powers some red led lights. This is so when my daughter presses the button, it'll light up red inside, to give the impression it's hot, the oven has a Perspex panel, so the red light will be noticeable. I'm unsure how many led lights I'd need, it's probably 1 cubic foot in volume & doesn't need to be overly bright. So what type of push button switch, what types of LED & how many, what batteries and what other components would I need?   Sorry for the lack of knowledge & thanks for any advice.

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Magnet Challenge winners!

The votes are in! Congratulations to the winners of the Magnet Challenge!Magnet Challenge winnersShake it like a Tic-Tac! by MrMunkiMagnetic Stirrer by g0pherMagnetic Fingertip Gloves by vatosupremeMagno-Sniffer (Magnetic Sniffer Probe Whistler Thing Using A Hall Effect Sensor) by pronteonVersatile and Low Cost Digital Counter by trebuchet03MAGNETIC SCALES by puffin_juiceOK, I said there would be only five winners, but there was a tie and I hadn't specified how I would break ties, so I'll just get another ATC 1000 Helmet cam!Also, I found another Digital Spy Camera under my desk, so I'm making a special category to win this prize: To the user with the most judges' votes among all his magnet projects. This goes to FrenchCrawler for The "Improved" Ferrous Gatherer :), Coversational Magnet "Toy", "Mine" your own ferromagnetic metal (slivers)..., and Portable, Pocket Sized ROMP. While closely related, I can't quite make a case for them all being part of a single, multi-part Instructable. The entries to the Magnet Challenge were so good that we're going to send Instructables patches to everyone who entered! Thanks to everyone to who entered and to the people who helped judge the challenge: arwen, canida, fungus amungus, intoon, lebowski, and rachel.Original Magnet Challenge instructions here, Magnet Challenge Group, information about the SpyCam here, and an Instructable using the ATC Helmet Cam here.

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How to make a MicroWave Based Termite Eradicator?

Hello All, I need help in constructing a microwave based termite eradicator using parts from a old working Microwave oven. I understand that this is a project involving serious voltages and the effect of Microwaves is also there so without compromising safety how this can be done.The idea is to eliminate/ kill all termites which have affected some parts of cupboards (made out of Ply board), without having to remove or reconstruct the same. We create this gadget and keep the magnetron or the required electronics inside the cupboard near the affected areas and after due precautions, it is powered on from a long/safe distance, only for a few seconds, which I believe would be good enough for eliminating most termites. This method repeated at say 3 months would ensure termites would not attack the furniture ever. Eradicating a colony may not be possible in our area as there are large open spaces all around and exact location of their origination is difficult to locate. Beside repeated chemical treatments is not yielding the desired results. I have read at a number of website specializing on termite or pest removal about the microwave technology for the same. I hope we would have enough guidance here and this kinda project would help a lot of people getting rid of a huge menace in their living spaces. GSK

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Halloween: Angel Wings, Werewolf Costume, Jack-o-Lanterns

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Oct. 26, 2007 Welcome back! Our favorite holiday of the year is almost here and we're celebrating with a special newsletter! Here are some great Instructables to provide some inspiration for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest. Be sure to take some photos or video of your creepy creations and enter to win some awesome prizes, including a trip to Maker Faire 2008! For those who are in the Bay Area in California, come by our Halloween Costume Ball tomorrow night! We want to see your costume! And for those who are near Boston, check out the Show & Tell at MITERSnext Friday, November 2. So what are you waiting for? Check out these Instructables and get started! How to make a pair of Angel Wings In this Instructable I will explain how to make a pair of wings which could be used to dress up as an angel, bird, or anything else with feathered wings!posted by T0BY on Oct 23, 2007 Realistic Werewolf Costume Create your own werewolf costume! Moving jaw, padded body, lots of fur!posted by missmonster on Oct 20, 2007 How to convert an old swingset into a guillotine prop for Halloween Reuse an old pile of lumber that used to be a wooden swing set for a nice prop for Halloween.posted by Strapped-4-Cache on Oct 14, 2007 Life-size Skeleton Pumpkin Carving! I've been doing these skulls for several years, but recently I got the idea that I could make a whole skeleton out of pumpkins.posted by mcraghead on Aug 21, 2007 Over $5,000 in prizes! How to Apply Elf Ears Want elf ears on your head? Then show this Instructable to a friend because you can't put them on yourself!posted by jforbess on Oct 12, 2007 How to make a cardboard costume helmet Helmets are usually one of the hardest and most expensive parts to make for a cool Halloween costume so here's a simple method using cardboard.posted by Honus on Oct 4, 2006 DIY Girl Pirate Costume HOW-TO Do you feel that the Girl Pirate Costumes you find in the stores are too expensive and not original? Well, make your own!posted by threadbanger on Oct 25, 2007 Solid-state Halloween controller and how to build a Haunted House Halloween is my favorite holiday, so every year I create some sort of a haunted house - all for the neighborhood kids, of course!posted by ewilhelm on Oct 1, 2006 Pirate Cannon - A working replica of a naval cannon that fires pneumatically Halloween has been a pirate theme around here for a while. I had the sword, I had the treasure chest, I needed a cannon. posted by Part Time Chef.com on Nov 4, 2006 Special FX: Almost-free Squirting Blood Effect This instructable will show you how to make a Swiffer WetJet mop into a sweet squirting blood effect. posted by that_one_guy on Jun 23, 2007 Tips for Halloween pumpkin pictures Carving a Jack-O-Lantern is fun, taking loving pictures of the spooky glowing face is even more fun. posted by ewilhelm on Oct 31, 2007 Win a free trip to Maker Faire 2008! Laser Vortex Use a laser pointer, small motor, and a mirror to create an effect similar to what you might see at Halloween Horror Nights but on a smaller scale and much cheaper.posted by mever on Oct 18, 2006 Be a Ghostbuster for Halloween! This is an over-the-top costume, but come Halloween it is oh sooo worth it. People go absolutely flippin' nuts when they see the whole getup.posted by Honus on Oct 4, 2006 Realistic Wound FX In this following you will see how to make a simple, yet realistic and reusable, latex wound effect on a tight budget. posted by Pull and Twist on Jul 17, 2007 Biohazard beer barrel A cheap and easy cooler that belches fog into your party. posted by zieak on Nov 1, 2006 T-Rex Rooftopper Make your own roof explode with this gigantic invader. posted by hirerob on Oct 31, 2006 Nazgul Mask for $15-20 This is a quick, 2-hour project I pieced together for one of my students who requested a Nazgul King mask for a production he was working on. posted by Drakz on Oct 27, 2006 How to build a Five Foot Tall Jacob's ladder This classic climbing arc completes any mad scientist's dungeon. Don't touch the electrodes: they're at 12 kV! posted by ewilhelm on Dec 13, 2005 Travelling Mexican Wrestling Ring If you're dressed as a wrestler, you need to wrestle. And if you need to wrestle, you need a ring to wrestle in. posted by rachel on Nov 19, 2006 Now go build something spookily awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Zombies, and what are your plans and ideas for killing them?

Plans? Ideas? Instructables? Bullets, ammo, makeshift guns, what are your plans? Hygiene, Food, escape routes? Can you suggest guns (THAT YOU HAVE USED!!!)? Here are my plans... Im saving money for a Walther P22, possibly buy a silencer, (They are illegal to use in my state, I belive not to own one.) I will be stock piling ammo for a 20 gauge scattergun, .357 rounds, .38 special rounds, .22 rifle rounds, plan on buying a cheap .223 rifle for picking them off. Also buying sights and scopes for a 20 gauge shotgun, a .22 long rifle, and a .357 magnum. Whenever my brother or parents drive me around places, I look for friends houses, some who have guns, Ideas to signal that im human, geographically and easily defendable homes and areas. I look for random scrap wood and metal, and I try to find out who will be able to take the stress. I try to meet people in my area. Still in the process of stock piling water, and getting those canned peaches I love so much. Im saving wood pieces, trying to find heavy sheet metal, just as gadget-evilusions said. I have actually begun to devise gadgets, weapons, landmines, makeshift munitions, ammunition, and other anti-zombie things. Plans on quick-welding lawnmowers to the front of a car, 2x4 plus nai equals effective weapons, chemical warfare angainst the Brooks zombie, and others. One of my main projects is printing and laminating topographical maps from google maps and applying section numbers to them. I have told my friends when the day comes, Ill be knocking on your door to save your butt. Im planning escaoe routes, and am in the process of building a two person raft. Pyrotechnics for signaling and otherwise are in effect. Everyone, get ready for Z-Day, and please, tip the chef! (Beacause, you know, chefs have big knives...) ~RoAr

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A Perplexing Plurality of Privacy Policies

Near the bottom of many of the pages found on Instructables.com, there is a section labeled "About Us", and underneath that heading there is a list of various links,  titled: "About","Advertise","Press","Contact","Jobs","Legal","Help", and "Privacy Policy" The problem is this:  The link titled "Privacy Policy", does not always link to the same URL. On some pages it links here: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp However on other pages it links here: http://usa.autodesk.com/privacy/ One of those pages is the simple, honest PP that Instructables has had for as long as I can remember, going back to the distant bygone era of at least 2008, by my recollection at least. The other page is, what I am guessing is, the privacy policy "inherited" from Autodesk, back in 2011, which was a long time ago, but not that long ago. In contrast to the old Instructables PP, the newer Autodesk PP seems to me to be a little bit more labyrinthine.  You know:  you follow a link, then you follow another link... http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=14175119 http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=14175119#9 http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=13252943 and that leads to an op-out form, which contains the plural question: "Would you like to receive information from Autodesk, our affiliates, or partners including information about new products and special promotions? Via Email?Via Phone? Via Postal Mail?" And there are three little [Yes][No] radio buttons for those. For some reason, maybe it's just the voices in my head,  I don't even want to know what happens to anyone who submits that form. I mean its probably mostly harmless.  Probably.   But, still, I don't want to touch it. Anyway... my point here is that even though no one ever actually reads the privacy polices, it would be nice if all the links that say "Privacy Policy" on Instructables point to the same page.  I think it  would look more consistent and sane that way. Moreover, it would be extra special nice, if the PP page all Instructables pages link to is the nice, simple one, on the Instructables domain, here: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp And maybe everyone here could just ignore that other PP on the Autodesk domain. I mean, that's my suggestion for solving the consistency problem. In fact there exists a clause in the Instructables PP under "Business Transfers", and the language in that sort of infers  the Autodesk PP may be in effect.  That is, assuming everyone knows about Instructables being owned by Autodesk. What I'm saying it that you could just leave it up the members who read the Instructables PP, to conclude that the AutoDesk PP may be in effect,  that might be good enough, and interested persons could look into that can of worms, on Autodesk's domain, on their own if they want to. In conclusion:  Just change all the links titled "Privacy Policy" to point to: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp and call that good.  Because the alternative, links to plural PPs across different domains, is confusing, and kinda looks inconsistent and bad.

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