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07 Dec 2011 - 12:2375538
Sooo working props anyone?
I want to make this;


And I want it to be all lighty and such

And it would also be awesome if I could change the colour from green to pink at... well... a flick of a switch.

However I don't know where to start. I've made some LED stuff. At school.

So, some help with where to start, what I'd need and approx. costs for it...

Although, if someone knows someone who can make it, that would be VERY much appreciated


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07 Dec 2011 - 20:2575561
I'm thinking heat shaping a clear plastic tube to that shape then getting 2 stripes of LED lights, one green one pink and hide the componants in the soild metal bit, however I don't know how to set them, possible youtube/google might help you there

Hopes that helps :3


08 Dec 2011 - 14:2875587
Yow that looks pretty hard to light up.

The easiest way I can think is to make the question mark shape first eg paper mache onto chicken wire frame..Fill out and smooth using Polyfilla..Paint it green and then finally paint over with glow in the dark paint.
eg
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Glow-Dark-Luminous-hobby-paint-Bright-Green-/280603655976?pt=UK_Crafts_DrawingSupplies_EH&hash=item415547ff28

If you want proper light up effects you could use a string of Leds or use Glow Wire but both would need a main body to fit inside to pad out the shape. Thats the really hard part - making a translucnet body in the shape of a question mark with space inside to fit the Leds or Glow Wire inside.


10 Dec 2011 - 02:2675667
hey, it's hard to tell how it's structured, do you have another reference photo?

I'm going to assume its like a "neon tube" type idea , where the centre of the ? is see through and hollow. The way I'd probably do it is using EL-Wire. get some type of rubber tubing that's bendy, something like this. Get some sturdy wire, preferably silvery, probably get this from somewhere like B&Q or Homebase.

Thread the wire through the tubing with the El Wire, and bend it into shape, try not to bend the El wire too much as its resilient but not greatly resilient but the corners aren't really that sharp so should be ok. You could thread two different colours of El wire through and just switch one inverter pack on and the other off or have a switch that does it for you.

The sturdy wire should help it keep its shape, just build this into the base box and away you go.

Hope that makes sense, I'm tired and it's late if you have any questions feel free to ask on here or PM me



Last edited by Kata-san (10 Dec 2011 - 02:27)
10 Dec 2011 - 18:2475688
@Kata-san. Not really unfortunately. That's the concept art they had available for it. It's basically a shaped neon tube like you're presuming though.

Yeah, I get what you're telling me ^___^ Annoyingly that link does not have green, but thankies. I know what I'm looking for and I've found another webbie which has it on ^___^


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10 Dec 2011 - 23:4175702
Quote NixieThePixie:

Annoyingly that link does not have green, but thankies.


Oops green is usually one of the common colours. Glad you found an alternative though.

I'd be interested to know how you get on.


26 Jan 2012 - 02:4477957
Quote NixieThePixie:
I want to make this;


And I want it to be all lighty and such

And it would also be awesome if I could change the colour from green to pink at... well... a flick of a switch.

However I don't know where to start. I've made some LED stuff. At school.

So, some help with where to start, what I'd need and approx. costs for it...

Although, if someone knows someone who can make it, that would be VERY much appreciated


If I might throw in a penny's worth of thoughts.....*IF* I was doing this, I would have the question mark cut out of one sheet of "Light Transmitting Perspex" (Green) and then light the whole thing from beneath with a very strong light source.....


26 Jan 2012 - 12:0977971
by the way, what is this object?


14 Mar 2012 - 15:0780739
Quote ModelFX:
by the way, what is this object?


Oh, it's a Riddler trophy from Batman Arkham Asylum/City


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14 Mar 2012 - 16:2480745
Question.

How long do you need it to glow for?

I know this will not sound sensible, but for a solid block colour it would be my option.

You'll need some clear plastic tube. Make a "frame" of the question mark to bend the tubing around, or use a large cylindrical object to bend it around. Using a hairdryer you warm up sections-(FYI- Fill the tube with with fine sand before you start moulding so it doesn't flatten when you bend it)when the tube gets soft bend it around whatever you're using to get the shape and let it cool.

Now that you have the question mark shape, seal off one end and assemble the rest of it.

When you need to use it as a prop, get a pack of green 6 inch Glowsticks, the non-bendy ones. They're like half an inch thick and you can activate them, cut them open then pour the liquid into your question mark. The liquid stays active for 8 hours, drain and clean then use again.

As a side note be careful with the sand in the tube. If you're not careful the silica in the sand will fuse to the plastic. If you can find an alternative to the sand, maybe brake fluid or power steering fluid if you really wanna do it like Jae does it (they stand up to heat and pressure very well) but sand, or any kind of solid powder should be fine.


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