I'm using 1 1/2" polypropylene under-sink (drainage) pipes for my candles. Stiffer than cardboard or a fluorescent tube protector, but thin enough to let the light glow through. PPE is hard to glue or paint (though whoever made the labels for it sure knew how to make a good adhesive) so I primed it with Fusion paint first. I'm going to take 3 flicker bulbs out of some tea lights (the Dollar Tree and Target ones seem to have the flicker circuit built into the bulb now instead of a separate board) and wire them to run off 2 AAA batteries for added brightness.
Ive never seen that, have to go today so will def check it out. I managed to push/pull off the top 'flame part' of the t-lights. It took 3min or less. The first candle is the hardest bc I thought I would pull the whole mechanism out of the candle & destroy it. Luckily the outer flame part pops off rather easily. Its held in by 2 little clip parts at the bottom that hold it in just inside the rim of the candle hole. They pop off rather easily after you take a deep breath & pop off the first one.
Cant wait to caulk them. I think that looks sooooo much more realistic than the ugly plastic flame part. They also look spookier too.
I think the black candles look the best. I saw where they had black candles for sale & painted the dripping wax part red. It looked fantastic. Of course Im not going to $ for them, I can do that myself. I guess you would just spray paint the candle column first then drip ur wax, then paint that red.
Just finished up about 10 or so groups of candles for my graveyard Saturday. I painted them with Krylon ivory and then washed them with a red/brown color that came out awesome. My candles look like they are bleeding as they burned down. I'll post pictures this week sometime. Can't wait 'til tonight!!! Thanks for the fantastic (and VERY easy) tutorial!!!!!
Yes, and they turn out AMAZING!! I did several groupings to go in between my gravestones last year and they really added that little extra something to the whole ambiance. Your hand will get sore from the glue gun, so get a high temp one to make it easier. This is a great prop to build. I will get some pics of mine up this week.
I love these.. just made some myself. I used the foam pipe insulation you get from lowes instead of the expanding foam. Much easier and cleaner. I just buy the size that fits perfectly inside the pvc pipe and cut it to the length you need. It fits snug and holds the tea lights. Its a few bucks for 8 ft View attachment 130839
Back in 2015 I posted a tutorial to do a devils gate. It’s basically another application of the hot coals prop that has been around for a while. I’ve used the basic idea to build a variety of props over the years.
I just a new video of how to do a demons portal. It uses the hot coals...
Hey all, I was a super-active poster here starting almost 20 years ago when I was a kid. I recently started cleaning out some stuff from my parents house since my wife wanted to start gathering halloween stuff together since we are about to have our first kid. Low and behold the animatronic...
I am trying to do a hollusion for trunk or treat at my kids school and am struggling with how to keep the light from blinding people as they walk my. Any one have any ideas?
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Note: This is a repost of an old tutorial whose links to pictures were broken with the software update at HF.
Eyes, eyes, eyes. Why do so many prop builders focus on making perfect eyes? Well, it's the first thing ToTs look at to determine if it's a fake monster or a live actor. You could at...
I'm not really sure that this qualifies as a tutorial, as it is really more of a guide. However, there is not a section titled 'Rough Guidelines and Thumnbail Outlines from Hacks', so I'm posting it here instead. With any luck, it provides enough information to get into trouble...