Hi I need to get motion sensors to stop working in store bought Halloween props and have it run all the time its turned on? Can anyone Help Please???
Posted by TotalTnT 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hi, I am working as a crew member for the musical Little Shop of Horrors. We need to trigger a confetti blast, a strobe and a sound clip to play with an 8th of second of each other. I was thinking of using a paintball gun (without paint balls) hooked up to a solenoid (or motor with a cam) linked to a computer controlled relay. The plan would be is to use a some wading to launch the confetti out of the gun and have the strobe only blink once right as the sound was triggered. Also we are not allowed to use real pyrotechnics because the madison fire department sucks (safety first, i know). So I guess we could use ether a paintball gun, or an air compressor that is located off stage with a really long line. Also it needs to all fit on a cart the size of a bed side table. So, how should we control them? Computer controlled relay or something else? Also if possible we would like to make the whole thing go off remotely. Either using RF or inferred. Worst case scenario is a small wire that singers/dance wont trip over and die. All suggestions and comments are welcome!! Please comment with any ideas no matter how simple of difficult!! Thanks in advance.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joe Rowley
Posted by joejoerowley 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Anyone have any smple airsoft props that can be made from things around the house? I made this last year:http://s423.photobucket.com/albums/pp314/Wraith45601/Chillicothe%20Airsoft/?action=view¤t;=Picture131.jpgYou can lock out the timer which makes for some interesting scenerios. (Locate the player with the key)
Posted by wraith39 9 years ago
I have a new book out that should be of interest to prop makers, cosplayers, and anyone else interested in learning more about this type of fabrication. The Prop Building Guidebook covers materials and methods such as carpentry, metal work and welding, plastics, molding and casting, sculpting, fabric and sewing, painting and more, along with safety procedures, shop setup, planning and budgeting. At 383 pages, with over 575 color photographs and illustrations, it is the most comprehensive guide to prop building ever published, and it does so using professionally-produced props from well-known films and theatre productions. Nonetheless, it presents techniques usable for all skill levels and budgets. The book's webpage, http://www.propbuildingguidebook.com, has information on where you can buy it (you can get it online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other major online retailers). The website also has how-to videos and bonus chapters, all of which is free to view and read even if you do not buy the book.
Posted by Eric Hart 5 years ago
Hello everyone! Every year for the halloween contests we the staff have to draw some lines between props, costumes, and decor items. This year we've decided to draw the lines similar to where actual theater companies draw their lines. Believe it or not there is a prop union, costume union, and set union. It helps to give us some firm definitions of what item goes into what contest! This year props will be defined as the following: "an item that is often held or carried but not permanently attached to any sort of costume piece to add to or create a character." A quick definition is do you hold it in your hand? If the answer is yes, often, especially for pictures, then it's a prop. Examples below! If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! Want to enter the Prop contest? Check it out here!
Posted by MsSweetSatisfaction 4 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hello Instructables community users, My name is Jezen Thomas and I'm here to ask for help with designing and creating some stage props to be used during a music performance. I'm not necessarily asking for free blueprints, although I'm clueless as to where I should start and I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. The first prop I need to produce is a giant telephone. I'm not 100% sure yet if I want it to be a modern styled mobile phone, or a vintage circular-dial type phone. I know aesthetically it's a big difference, but I'm sure thematically either would be just as effective on stage. I would like the phone to be similar in size and design to the giant mobile phone used on the old British comedy show, Trigger Happy TV. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can see exactly what I mean here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWRJtIY5to Again, any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance, and best regards, - Jezen Thomashttp://www.jezenthomas.co.uk
Posted by jezenthomas 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I don't have that much confidence in getting this to work, but as an idea I thought I'd share it: I have a concept of a rotating-barrel automatic-chain-gun, that I can do no problem. BUT, to simulate muzzle-flash, I'm thinking of feeding butane/air down the barrels (blow-lamp type device) and igniting it. Initially, I think of slip-rings or similar and a camera-flash unit for ignition, motor drive on the barrels. Any advice? L
Posted by lemonie 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Im making a film about a boy who loves danger and i cant find a really good cheap prop to use
Asked by sazmam 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hi all, I need to figure out how to make a giant inside of a computer for a school project for my kids class. I can get a 2"x4" frame for the entire space, but need ideas of how to decorate the inside of this giant box. Any brilliant ideas on how to do this thing on a shoe-string budget? Thank you all for your brilliant ideas. I am a worker, not creative!
Asked by tinkj 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
These Fallout 3 weapons by Ryan Palser are sweet. The attention to detail is fantastic and the whole project is awe-inspiring. Check out the Flickr set for many more shots of the props and the build process. A3-21 Plasma Rifle via MAKE
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
For Halloween, I'm planning on making a large stone angel statue, and I'd love to have the head move back and forth. Thing is, I need to be able to control when the head moves, not just have it swinging back and forth randomly. Any ideas on how to do this? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks so much.
Posted by alirson 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hi All: Last year I built a "glow wall" for a Halloween prop using a fluorescent black light from Wal-Mart as the light source. See the following link for the glow wall description: http://glowinc.com/glow-in-the-dark/shadow-wall.aspx This worked great! The only bad thing was sitting by the switch all night to turn the lamp on/off for the kids. This year I'd like to add timer that would turn the light on for ~30 seconds and then off for ~30 seconds. Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks for the help! amb
Asked by amb 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello, I am currently trying to decide how to build a large "cryo-pod" prop for a theatrical production. Essentially, it has to be a large tube that I can install some kind of a door/hatch in. It must also be able to fit a person inside it. I have a lot of ideas for making the circuitry and decorations, but I am not sure how to build the chamber itself. The budget is extremely limited. We are talking about 30-40 dollars maximum. I was thinking of building a tube form and using papier mache, and sanding it smooth on the outside to create the cylinder. This method would take a very long time. Alternately, I was considering obtaining some kind of flexible sheet good and placing it over a frame. Does anyone have an experience in building large cylinders like this? Any recommendations on construction materials or techniques?
Posted by RebelWithoutASauce 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I'm looking to create a hinged leg to use in a "Jake the Peg" Halloween costume prop. If you've never heard of Jake the Peg, here's a link to the famous Rolph Harris skit. I know he's using a false hand on the right side (his right) so that he can control the extra leg, but I'm unsure on how to create the hinged effect. (It's the bending of the leg that makes it so realistic!) I was thinking of using something like a bike handlebar end with a handbrake lever to pull a cable that would draw the leg up, but how would I get it to spring back to the straight position? (And when it's in that position, it would need to support some weight like a cane) What should the leg be made of? There has got to be a better way to do this. The illusion is fantastic, but there are no articles anywhere on how it is done. Thanks for any help anyone may have.
Posted by JimsShip 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hey every body I was just looking for a new project to start working on, and then it came to me I would leave it up to the internet. well what I want from y'all is just give me some ideas on what kind of props from video games or movies y'all would like to see. Thanks Riverswamp
Posted by BadZombie 4 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I have a small prop that is a bat that hangs from fishing line and flies in a circle. The wings got damaged, so I took it apart to look at the little motor. The bottom half of the bat body (see photos) has the battery case with the wires and motor on the other side, it also has led lights. The motor works fine when I turn it on and the lights work too. Can I use this for anything? Any ideas would be great. The motor is small and I dont know what kind it is, but the gears turn very fast. I thought it would be too small for anything, but the bat is actually quite heavy, so I should be able to use it for something Thx
Asked by projectworkout 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I've asked quite a few questions regarding prop building, as to try and get back to my project. Major issue is the VOC of body filler and fiberglass resin. However, I think I found a soultion to it. I was curious as to how hard epoxy wood filler is once cured. Is it something that (god forbid) if coated onto something, and said something is dropped, will the epoxy be damaged? How hard is it work with (ie, can I heat it up to make it 'thinner')? Thanks in advance!
Asked by DoctorWoo 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Love this site. I have great fun with my son making many cool things. This site has also made me more aware of junk I used to just throw out that can be used to make cool stuff. Just had to finally say THANKS for the awesome site and contributor's. All my best. //rick//
Posted by rickdf 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I've done some digging, and I keep getting mixed answers on this. I have a pepakura helmet I have been working on, and recently, I had the back end of it warp on me. I applied rondo (which is roughly 70% figerglass and 30% bondo) It warped while I had it sitting in my car on a rather hot day, so my hopes for fixing it are high. However, I have already taken a heat gun to it (which did make it very flexible) to reshape it. However, it always returns back to it's original misshaped form. Am I just no applying enough heat to it? Or have I basically accidentally created a memory material? Thanks in advance!
Asked by DoctorWoo 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Hi all, I'm building a prop dynamite stick that will "explode" onstage. It will be standing upright on a crate (so I can hide mechanisms in the crate) and will suddenly explode. I have a pyrotech license and can use gerbs to make a small fiery explosion but I'd like to SAFELY make the stick of dynamite explode into several pieces (foam???) without any risk of hurting anyone in the audience (this is because an actor will find and collect the pieces of dynamite later in the play). I'm seeking thoughts on how you guys might approach a build like this. Cheers! Damian
Asked by damianzuch 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I just finished making a prop for halloween that involves melting down pine sap to make rosin. Everything went as planned except it slowly becomes misshapen if it is above 70 F does anyone know of a way to keep the rosin hard?
Asked by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I have a HEATH-ZENITH motion detector that I wired to an outlet for my shipwheel prop. Everything works great except it only works at night. Is there a way so that it will work round the clock?
Asked by dolphconn 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hello everybody I was wondering if y'all could help me out. I made a blog and now I can't keep people interested, I don't know if it is the content I am a prop maker so that's most of it. or if it is the lay out, if any one has any suggestions please let me know here is the link. http://zombiedeerprops.blogspot.com/ Thanks, Riverswamp
Posted by BadZombie 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Thanks for all the people that have supported me with my robots builds over the years and offered some very encouraging comments. I am always willing to help out with ideas where I can and will continue building things for many years to come. Unfortunately a few individuals have chosen to target me and my work taking my work and calling it their own. The work they are using is clearly being lifted directly from this site. This leaves me with no choice but to delete my account. For those that are interested I am sure you have already visited my website where you will be able to keep up to date with my work. Podpadstudios.co.uk
Posted by DELETED_podpadstudios 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
So my office goes –ALL OUT- for Halloween. Everyone dresses up, each team chooses a theme, and decorates as if they’re filming a blockbuster movie. There are prizes, sure, but everyone just wants bragging rights for a year. In the 3 years I’ve worked here, my team has won 2 out of 3, and I’ve won best costume at least once (had to throw that out there; bragging rights, ya know). Anyway, this year my team and I really want to do Honey, I Shrunk The Kids theme with a huge ant, huge grass, etc. But I am unable to find any instructions or similar projects online to help with ANY of these things. I am needing: instructions and/or ideas. Get creative for a moment and give me some ideas that we can use to turn our gray, cubicled area into a HISTK set. Thanks in advance!
Posted by mmryan720 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I've been working on a pair of working Daft Punk helmets for some time now. I am working on the electronics for it now, and I'm designing a systems to let me wear the helmets drivers and batteries without having to have a backpack that would cover up the hard work I did on a jacket (shameless plug is shameless). Anyway, I've settled on a custom vest with pockets to store all the needed bits and bobs. However, if I wear just the vest (from the plans I have so far) I get the feeling someone might think it's some sort of bomb. While I have no intention of removing my jacket (as to try and keep the inner working under wraps) I am concerned that if I do remove the jackets, someone might get startled at a convention. As I have never personally been to a convention, and I plan to start going on them much more, I was curious if anyone has dealings with stuff of this nature. And, if they do, if there is anything I can do to ensure nothing as bad as someone yelling "bomb" at me (maybe get it checked as a weapon?). Either way, this is something I need to consider before I actually start making the control vest, so if I need to modify the design, I can. Also: I do know that most conventions have certain guidelines to them. Again, I have yet to go to any, and plan to go to them more often. Due to this, I want to know what the most strict set of rules would be, and follow those. Although, the strictest I have seen is peace-bonding weapons, nothing regarding clothing. Thanks in advance!
Asked by DoctorWoo 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
HI I'm Bill-Citrus! I'm almost 15 and I design, build, and film with props and costumes! I have learned a lot about these things for about 4 years now, and I was hoping that YOU guys, in this wonderful community, could help me learn more! I love to help people. I love to get suggestions. I love to share knowledge. so if anyone has a good idea for a protect, please post it! Support a fellow maker and share what you know! I am always making new things and could use some good input! LET THE SHARING BEGIN!!!
Posted by billcitrus 2 years ago
I'm looking for something to make a crushable rock. I've seen in movies & series where a strong man would crush a rock, billiard ball or even a bolling ball. It was suggested "Flower Foam". Is their another name for this crush to powder like foam or, is there another type of stuff to make this crush to powder effect?
Posted by elkaddalek 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Yo everybody!! After E3 we have a better look on the Game. As you all know i made my fair share of video game props. I have hopped on early replication props! i have already recreated the pins and the melee weapon thunderball, with instructable in progress... I am also starting this discussion in RPF style, cus RPF is not very easy to use for me. Plus Ubisoft related project are not to hot there.... Bascially i wish to build a RPF culture here!! as a bank of reference and exchanging ideas for build!! Anyways please join me in the discussion for the latest reference and ideas!! let me start with som photoshop design i did!!
Posted by mchau2 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
This isn't a political post - just an observation. I took note of the phrase "makers of things" during Obama's inauguration speech. Go Makers!"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."
Posted by zieak 10 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I'm currently looking towards making something like weapons, armors, etc., specifically those with origins from movies, cartoons, video games, etc. Other than the ones everyone does such as Halo, Iron Man, knight armor, etc. what other armor, weapons, or accessories are a must-make or just plain awesome? Think along the lines of something like the Batman gauntlet, except from movies (or something) that are old but still remembered and cool. Also thinking of a long term project of a chiken-walker mech costume, exoskeleton costume (NOT Iron Man), or AT-RT. What do you think?
Asked by D00M99 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
There's a lot of costuming content on this site, and from what I can tell there are only two channels that currently contain these instructables; halloween and props. Some of the costumes aren't really "props", and "halloween" (1.) includes all kinds of non-costume related things and (2.) doesn't really cover costumes for cosplaying or larping or whatever other reason you might have for dressing up. I love costuming and I want to suggest a channel specifically for costumes, costume accessories, and the like. That way if anyone wants to look at costume ideas they don't have to sift through hundreds of ways to decorate your house for halloween. ::EDIT:: It appears a channel has been added for costuming since I asked this question. Thanks Instructables!
Asked by The Rambler 7 years ago
Hey Everyone! I am kind of an amatuer prop designer and I've recently been taken with pocket sized coil guns. My question is quite simple: I would like to know what disposable camera (brand) contains an LED indicator that flashes/turns on when the capacitor is fully charged? I've seen one such disposable camera used in this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Coil-Gum/ I would love to know the exact brand or alternatives. I would really appreciate any and all help and would love to post the resulting product.
Posted by notnowmyheadhurts 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Hello, I occasionally make simple props for a guy with an events company. He is the most unorganised man that I have ever met but manages to pull it all together in the end and I love the chaos of working with him. This time he wants a Landspeeder; he is going to buy an electric car of some sort and we will strip it and build on it. At first I thought that he wanted a faithful replica and showed him this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij4l2l1LsmI It was the only useful thing that I could find on the internet and shows a replica that took a professional six weeks using fibre glass. He agrees that we will not manage that in the timespan and that the measurements will depend on the car that he has not bought yet. I know that he will just turn up and say " we have a weekend to do this; any ideas ? " It's the nacelles that I am interested in; as a quick build, I think three plywood discs, wooden strut supports and a metal skin, as shown; and then use that shape as a base Any better ideas or better still, is there anything out there in the world that could be appropriated; like a plastic IKEA planter for example ? Thanks FOH He also wants a hover motor bike in the same weekend.
Asked by FriendOfHumanity 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Asked by DELETED_Fuogger 9 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I want to make things out of steel and then coat them in an oxidizing agent of some sort so that they are covered in surface rust and look really aged.
Asked by kreationism 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago