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Unread 08-22-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Making a Shadow Ball

Hi, I'm planning to make a shadow ball for my Gengar Gjinka cosplay and was looking for some advice. I was planning on painting a ball of tinfoil purple and hanging it in a ball of black criss crossing pipe cleaners.

How does this idea sound? If you have a better suggestion (Low cost) I'd love to hear it as well!
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Unread 08-22-2015, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hmmm....as I was reading my first thought was perhaps a Styrofoam ball with a mix of varying colors of purple fabric. Have said fabric ripped rather than cut (to give it a less clean look), ooh...and purple Toole. Make sure to paint the Styrofoam ball a dark purple or black? But put a few layers of modge podge over the ball because paint (spray paint at least) tends to eat away at the Styrofoam.

Well...that was just my thought...-shrug-
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Unread 08-22-2015, 11:35 PM   #3
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Tinfoil will not take paint. Styrofoam, however, will work pretty well if you coat it in primer, glue or a few base coats first.
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There is a vibe here that says "We're in this together! Through thick and thin fabric! Through cold water washes and burning hot irons! Though we might super glue ourselves to our projects, cut holes/gashes/oh-god-mom's-gonna-kill-me into the dining room table, we will stand strong together. Unless there is a 75% off sale at the Fabric store. Then you're on your own. And get the hell out of my way." <3
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Unread 08-23-2015, 09:55 AM   #4
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I'd get a could plexi/acrylic half sphere and fill it with swirls of organza in different shades of the colors I need, then glue the two sphere halfs together. Could also incorporate the ball of tinfoil by hooking it up on a string and gluing the string to the ridge (so it looks suspended in the middle) before putting the halfs together, but I'd see if I could somehow seal it so it has a slightly more even appearance, and then putting some translucent glass paint on the ball so it looks like a core.
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Unread 08-23-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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I like the sound of a clear acrylic ball, no idea where I'd get one though
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Unread 08-23-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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Upon doing a little research into ordering one online, the only place I can find that has half-spheres larger than 4" is this place. Making it out of transparent Worbla is an option, but a pricey one. You could find/make a mold and cast your own out of resin for less than it'd be to make it out of Worbla, but that takes time and a little expertise.

There's always getting lucky at a thrift shop, maybe at a car place or home improvement store. Unless someone else on this forum has either a better idea or an idea of where to find one of these?
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I like the sound of a clear acrylic ball, no idea where I'd get one though
Clear plastic ball ornaments from Hobby Lobby.

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-%26...nament/p/28521

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-%26...ament/p/155875
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So how would you go about painting these? I would probably want to do them in swirls as if they were mixing together, but I cant really afford to go buy a lot of stuff. I dont suppose water based paint would work?
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I wouldn't recommend painting it as much as just stuffing the organza inside. Have you ever looked at the way rumpled up organza bounces light? All you'd need is like a quarter yard of it, it'd probably be less than $5 for three colors if you go that route.
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Could try one of those clear bouncy balls that range from the size of your hand to about the size of a basketball and then paint it various colors add on other stuff to help with the look of it.
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how to make it?? can you post the photo step by step?
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how to make it?? can you post the photo step by step?
Here's a video that can help, feel free to add or omit steps as you see fit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-UKmnN_DgM
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Paint it with stained glass paint that you can also pick up at Hobby Lobby or a craft store, Stained Glass Paint also comes in a spray, Stained Glass Spray. That way you keep the transparency but have the color, especially if you plan to toss a light in it.
As for the light, if you want to be super cheap with it use one of those little battery powered tea lights, you can find them in most candle sections of stores, battery Tea Light.

Or as ilafatyu said, just stuff it with organza, it bounces light beautifully. Look at this tutorial here, you don't have to use the plastic like they do, it's more to show you how gorgeous organza is for shadows. Magic Power Prop Ideas for Cosplay.
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