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Unread 04-29-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Need Large Balls

Hey guys! I'm making DW7 Gan Ning and I'm trying to think of ways to make the bells. I don't want to use styrofoam because even covered with Bondo they would be too fragile. Wood would be too heavy, unless I cut an orb in half and hollowed it out. But does anyone have a better idea? They need to be big, tough, and light!
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Unread 04-30-2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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make a ball out of foil, either paper mache it or cover in plater. then either bondo or paperclay n smooth should be super strong!
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Unread 04-30-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Some craft store carry plastic balls like this and they're pretty cheap too! You can just paint it and measure the circumference and make the band that goes around it out of sculpty or something. It's what I did for Kokonoe cosplay, it's kinda old so it's kinda beat up a bit but it looked something like this
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Unread 04-30-2012, 03:24 AM   #4
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When my brother needed big bells for a costume, I used large plastic Christmas baubles - just add the detail around the middle with putty, and cut holes into them with a rotary tool to make them look like bells.

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Unread 04-30-2012, 03:53 AM   #5
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you can just buy bells that size
though id pull out the bell part
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Unread 04-30-2012, 07:31 AM   #6
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Yup, bells that size are $2.99 each, worth buying IMO.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 11:45 AM   #7
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Seconding christmas ornaments if you want a light option.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #8
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Kids hollow plastic ball pit balls could work well, dunno where you'd find them in smaller quantities than 100 though...
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Unread 04-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #9
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Are Ning's DW7 bells larger than his DW5 bells? I got...I think 3" diameter bells, right off the shelf at hobby lobby. But if the bells on his 7 outfit are larger than that, go for plastic christmas ornaments. You can find them in all kinds of sizes, check the internet if the craft stores don't have anything in stock this time of year.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #10
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Thanks so much for the ideas!! Everything sounds way easier than my whole let's-get-wood-and-try-hollow-it-out thing.

I really want to use those PVC balls but I don't want to buy 100 of them, and stealing a few from McDonalds is definitely not ethical. XD

Xelpha, how thin in the plastic of that thing? Those things would be really convenient if I can find them, but I'm worried about if it's fragile. Is it?
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Unread 05-08-2012, 03:09 AM   #11
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Maybe about as thin as a debit/credit card plastic? My cats got a hold of that one and knocked it off my desk and down a small set of carpeted stairs so I think it's pretty durable? It would probably break/crack if you dropped it from waist level on concrete though... But if you're worried about them bumping into each other while hanging around your chest then they would be fine~ ^^
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