Home Made Pressure Plate...

A while back I mentioned that I’m not much of an electrician, and this tutorial pretty much puts the exclamation point on that thought. I’m pretty sure there should be more than just cardboard and aluminum foil needed to generate power of any kind, but that’s literally all that’s needed to power the Pressure Plate that Rick Osgood made in this tutorial. It’s a great way to save a few bucks and still get a trigger for your props!...

LED Lunacy

I’ve got a confession to make.  I’m clueless when it comes to basic electrical circuitry.  In fact, pretty much all of the concepts of electricity other than don’t stick your fingers in the outlets seem to be over my head (ok, well, don’t stick your fingers in the outlets while your standing in water, yeah, I got that one too).  So when it came to buying the components to make my own Homemade LED Spotlights my inexperience with a few basic LED concepts was a definite confidence killer.  The worst part is that up until this point every written tutorial I’ve seen on this has been a complete snoozer.   Thankfully, CreepyCreations have posted a really simple to follow tutorial that outlines all of the essentials you’ll need to purchase the correct resistors to power your LED’s without fear of them blowing up on you.  The tutorial is really well made and it’s really simple to follow....

Simple Laser Vortex Construction...

I’ve always wanted to post a link to a tutorial on how to build a laser vortex but I’ve not been able to find one that wasn’t either too detailed to the point of confusion, or lacking in detail, which is equally confusing.  Luckily, UrDaddyO31 posted a short video detailing the design of the laser vortex he used for his prop.  It’s not so much a tutorial, but it does lay out the design he used which was originally created by kimcfadd who has them for sale on HalloweenForum. This ultra-simplistic design incorporates a mirror mounted on a cpu fan.  The cpu fan and the laser are mounted to blocks of wood and as the cpu fan spins the mirror projects the circular laser effect which will become your laser vortex when you add a little fog.     ** Warning: Lasers can cause serious and/or permanent eye damage.  Never look directly at a laser or point it directly in someone’s eyes.  Consult Safety Recommendations for Laser Pointers for more...

Master Fog’s Homemade Fog Chiller...

Some tutorials are harder to write about than others.  This is not one of those.  The tutorial that the guys over at Master Fog have created for their Fog Chiller is perfect.  I can’t believe that I’ve already wasted this many words setting this wonderful tutorial up, but if you’re in the market to make a huge low lying fog chiller, then look no further, the instructions are below.  Oh, and be sure to stock up on plenty of Master Fog’s Ground Clouds or Creepin’ Fog juice .   http://youtu.be/a6HIO6dAGyY   Items needed to complete this include: 30 gallon trash bin Power Drill 4″ hole saw (or utility knife) 4″ pvc Y fitting Small fan 20′ ducting Duct vent Duct tape Ffog machine Low lying fog fluid  ...

Heat Exchanger Fog Chiller...

This may just be the ultimate homemade fog chiller, but it’s going to take some skill and effort to find out just how ultimate it is!  It uses the same basic concept as Froggy’s Vortex Fog Chiller, but does so much more efficiently.  Put simply, this chiller will continuously pump ice cold water through the copper piping ensuring that they remain ice cold at all times.     As the fog is sent through the stove pipe which houses the copper piping the fog is chilled and hugs the ground.  It’s the same process that occurs in a car radiator, whereby the airflow over the surface of the radiator cools the hot radiator fluid.  The real benefit of this design is that you can shoot hot fog through this all day long and it won’t run out of “coolant”.     The tutorial originates from Chuck Rice, however, I find the images on the Kickthefog version to be most helpful.  Whichever tutorial you choose, good luck, this one is definitely going to test your...

Pico Volt Prop Controller...

As soon as I had finished my first motorized prop using a wiper motor I immediately started wondering how I could slow down the speed of my motor.  Sure, the motor had a low speed and a high speed setting, and I could control the direction of rotation depending on how it was wired up, but I wanted to go beyond those settings.  What if I wanted to bring my motor to an almost standstill speed?  And what if I wanted to reverse the rotation mid sequence without having to change the wiring?   OUT OF LUCK… Without a Pico Volt prop controller from FrightProps that is….  This thing is great, it allows you to change speed and rotation all from a simple speed dial, and record up to 60 seconds of a sequence, which will loop indefinitely.  If you switch the rotation of the speed dial it will start to go in reverse, if you slow it down and hold steady, so will the routine.  Perfection in a small form factor.   Oh, and if you’re like me, you’ve already started wondering if you can control lights with this tiny piece of magic, and the answer, of course, is yes.  You can use it to dim your LED lights, or program and repeat any lighting effect you want.     If you need full control of your wiper motors, then by all means, pick this tiny device up, you will not be...

Micca Speck

Every now and then you come across something that is too good to sit on and you’ve got to share it with as many people as possible.  That’s exactly how I feel about this cool piece of tech that Bigant from HalloweenForum posted about.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive media playback device for your props that’s capable of auto playback/looping and has an incredibly small form factor, then look no further, the Micca Speck is everything you’re looking for.  Its capable of outputting 1080p video and supports MKV, AVI, MOV, M2TS, MPG, and MPEG file formats (just to name a few).  Just plug your USB hard drive or SD card in and select the video or image you want to output.  It comes with an IR remote control, a USB cable, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable for video output (you’ll have to provide an HDMI cable if you need to output via HDMI).  The best part, it’s only $39.95 at Amazon, and anybody that’s ever looked into media streaming devices for their props knows what a great deal that is....

Froggy’s Vortex Fog Chiller...

  Fog machines operate by moving fog juice into a temperature controlled heat exchanger that vaporizes the fluid and produces the fog.  Since heat rises, the fog that is produced usually ends up hanging anywhere from the top of the fog machine to the top of the ceiling.  I’m convinced that anyone who’s ever purchased a fog machine had dreams of an entirely different effect with the fog hanging low to the ground creating that creepy looking mist that Hollywood has spoiled us with. The solution of course (short of utilizing dry ice) is to chill the fog before it is emitted, and Froggy’s Fog has just the solution with their Cold Fusion Vortex Fog Chiller.  This beauty stands just 19″ off the ground and is capable of holding up to 20 pounds of ice.  You WILL need to provide your own fog machine for this to work, then just set it so that the fog emitted enters the opening on the Cold Fusion unit.  The fog will be cooled as it passes through the Cold Fusion unit until it is emitted as chilled fog!  Simple and effective.    ...

Lights Alive

If you’re looking for a lightning simulator, Light’s Alive offers three state of the art models to fit your needs.  All three models have 1/8″ stereo jacks and are capable of Sound to Light output.  These units support LED, Incandescent, Halogen and Fluorescent lights.  All models come with a 5 year warranty, audio CD, and the option of an upgrade path. The FF-101 ($149) features 1 lighting channel capable of handling up to 1,500 watts in normal or dim lightning and sound to light modes. The FF-201 ($240) offers 2 channels capable of outputting up to 3,000 watts in stereo lightning, lightning + dim or sound to light modes. The FF-511 ($389) is the most feature rich model and offers up to 5 channels in stereo or double stereo, producing Lightning and sound to light, and includes a dedicated dimming...


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