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Master of my own Universe
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Very simple yet very effective. The eyes of the portrait appear to follow you wherever you go!

Materials required:

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) Ball
Picture for the portrait
Frame
Foamboard (board with foam layer between paper)
Spray Mount Adhesive (e.g. Elmers)

Tools required:

Hot Glue gun
Sharp Knife (Xacto or similar)
Black Permanent Marker

First of all you need a picture to use for the portrait. This will need to have eyes just smaller than the diameter of a table tennis ball

Alternatively, you can print out the following picture:





Click here for 8" x 11" size

Click here for 11" x 17" size

1. Cut the ball in half



2. Cut a piece of foamboard to the same size of the picture

3. Spray mount the picture onto the foamboard and allow to dry

4. Carefully cut out the eye area completely.



5. Draw a black dot, about 1/2" diameter in the inside of each of the halves of the ball, in the centre of each



6. Glue each half of the ball on the reverse of the mounted picture.



7. Mount the picture in the frame.

8. Hang the picture on the wall and be amazed at the eyes following you !!





For this example I used what I had to hand, which was a 8" x 11" print but a 11 x 14" frame. To solve the problem, I made a mount to hold the picture that would fit the frame.

I would like to thank Chad of Chateau Grrr for producing the Dr Ick picture for this how to, and he will be adding additional images for the more moving eye portaits in the near future.
 

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Has anyone tried this trick inside a carved pumpkin? Might be kind of cool for those of us who do not have an inside haunt...
 

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Master of my own Universe
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Haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking that this might work on a skull or head. As it is just inverting the eye you will still be able to use a pupil to make the eyes realistic.

I have made a second portrait using a more realistic portrait and eyes with pupils and the effect of the portrait is creepy !
 

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Honestly, I don get how the eyes follow.. v_v
Have you ever been to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and seen the Busts that seem to follow your every move? This is the same effect, however it is only the eyes and not the entire bust that is following you.
 

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Crunchitize Me Cap'n
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Have you ever been to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and seen the Busts that seem to follow your every move? This is the same effect, however it is only the eyes and not the entire bust that is following you.
I get the idea, I just don't understand how the eyes follow you.. their just painted ping pong balls?
 

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I like the pumkin idea, I've got some fake ones I can try it out on. I think I'm going to plant some in the front yard this year. If they get big enough, I can just carve them where they sit.
 

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