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Mood Lighting: Lanterns & Candles

Posted in Props, Videos on September 30, 2010 by bojo

I finished the second of my lanterns. This one was much more painstaking, so I don’t know that I’ll make another like it. Gave it a copper finish. Here it is:

And I came across LED tealights 2/$1 so I bought four packs and my wonderful parents picked me up a 6-pack as well. Still need another handful to complete ALL these crazy candles.

Bonus: Mini-Tombstones… will these become invitations? Buffet card holders? Hmm…

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Foam Board Lantern

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , on September 25, 2010 by bojo

Based REALLY, REALLY loosely on Dave Lowe’s O’Treaty Lantern [ http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2010/09/otreatys-foamcore-lantern-part-one.html ] with one of my faux candles ¬†inside, this is a down and dirty attempt at a foam board lantern. The top is Velcro’d on so I can easily turn the LED tea light off/on. I may try a more elaborate top on the next one, more like Dave’s, maybe. Not bad for taking less than 2 hours from start to finish! ūüôā Like the candles, it will only get better with each iteration.

From Toilet Paper to Pillar Candles

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , , on September 6, 2010 by bojo

I loved the idea of PVC pillar candles using flickering battery tealights, but I didn’t want to spend the money on the pipe or try to cut it myself. I went looking for something easier and found this how-to on Dave Lowe’s blog from 2008 [http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2008/09/08-halloween-20-making-flameless-candle.html]. I love the no-cost approach, but I wanted a cleaner pillar look.

Here’s a video of the first 2 finished:

I’m not crazy about these tealights, so they’ll probably get replaced, but you get the idea. Overall, I’m pleased with the look.

What I did (Probably the hard way):

1. Trim the tubes into different lengths and slice them down one side to open them up.

2.¬†Hot glue in some foam board “shelves” for the tealights to sit on.

3. Reassemble the tubes at the width that will fit the tealights & hot glue them closed.

4. Decopage some newspaper strips around the tubes to hide the seams (I first did them horizontal and then long vertical strips on top). Let dry.

5. I hot glued some glass beads (the kind that go in a vase) to the bottom inside for weight.

6. Hot glue the wax drips (Dave’s post says it best — patience… but there’s really no wrong way). Let dry.

7. Spray paint… I think it would probably work best to start with them upside down¬†on your painting surface and get the paint all around the bottom side of the drips… let dry… then turn them on the right side and paint them again and let dry.

8.¬† I mixed some craft paint to get a color like the spray paint I used and painted then inside of the tube above the foam shelf AND painted the tealights so they match the “candle”.

9. Turn on your tealight and set it inside the pillar.

It’s not high-quality, but looks decent in a dim room. I’ll probably swap out these tealights for some better-flickering ones. But for right now, I haven’t bought a single thing to make them. I had everything on hand already, so they were basically FREE, which is great.

Videos for a Halloween State of Mind

Posted in Halloween Related, Videos on February 28, 2009 by bojo

America’s Next Top Zombie Idolzombie

Check out this five-part online series from VH-1, “hosted” by Carrie Keagan.

America’s Next Top Zombie Idol
Clever. And a nice stab (pun intended) at reality shows. Good stuff…

Depeche Mode: Wrong

Wicked. Like the song, too.