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Tombstone video projection

Discussion in 'Halloween' started by OzAz, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. OzAz

    OzAz Senior Elf Generous Elf

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    The other Halloween project this weekend, a tombstone for projecting video onto.
    My distressing/ageing didn't work out very well and for some reason the grey paint has "eaten" a small section :(
    Not too worried though, as long as the video projects onto it OK.
    Looking at using the new video from Hi-Rez Designs or similar and using the small 'Bunnings' projector I stupidly bought.

    As last year the ToTs had left before it got dark, I may put this out each night for a week or so before Halloween as a 'teaser'.

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    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    Does that foam cut neater than plain old white polystyrene ?

    I put a sign up 2 weeks beforehand to specify a 6pm start.
     
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    It cuts fairly neatly, @LawrenceDriveLights recommended using a jab saw I used a wallboard saw (similar) and it cut fairly neatly. Light sanding got rid of the few rough bits.
     
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    Great idea. Might be something I could use my crappy LED projector for.
     
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    logandc99 Dedicated Elf

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    Yes this stuff cuts really cleanly, Using a stanley knife to score about a quarter of the way through and then you can just snap it and it breaks cleanly. Or use a a hot wire cutter to cut into shapes and make the cracks etc (or use a soldering iron).
    I used the stuff for my tombstone ice fogger.
     

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    djgra79 My name is Graham & I love flashing lights! Generous Elf

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    What type of paint did you use @OzAz ? Spray paint eats away at that stuff but sometimes that might be the effect you're after!
    My main cuts I used a jigsaw but otherwise a stanley knife. I then used a single blade of a pair of scissors and wiggle it down to make it look like a crack. Hit it with a heat gun very lightly to seal the crack and make it hard for the paint to stay on. You could also use a file or rasp to chew off chunks against the grain around the edges if you want a more aged, crumbly look to the stones. Again, hit with a heat gun to stop little bits falling off post painting.
     
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    After seeing OzAz’s post, my younger boy and I decided to try the projection from
    Hi-Rez designs. We’ve been making tombstones. The projector is a very cheap crappy LED one but should be good enough. The names stay up longer on the tombstone - I just cut down the video to get through a few quicker.

    View: https://youtu.be/thHtSr-0rQY
     

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