Halloween is the maker holiday event of the year. It’s your chance to put all those maker skills and stockpiled materials to use. If you’re looking for evil ideas and scary inspiration look no further. Got an idea of your own? Send them to Stett Holbrook at: sholbrook [at] makermedia [dot] com.
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Vacuum forming is the perfect technique to make repetitive objects—like a Halloween mask!
DiResta: Vacuum Formed Mask
In this video you see a technique I use with my students. I give the assignment to create a mask form for the Vac Former. To make it durable and strong I use plaster and to keep the sculpt fluid and natural I use a soft clay. When using a negative mold as you see here in this video, you will always get a perfect form each time. You can see that I use a thin styrene to show the fine details in the plaster that originated in the soft clay. Enjoy.
- Soft clay
- Spray paint
- Vacuum former
In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy.
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DIY Hacks & How To’s: Automate Your Haunted House With a Motion Sensor
When working with special effects, the most important part is timing. So for this Halloween, I am doing a series of projects that use simple DIY sensors to help you automate your Halloween setup. So far we have covered pressure plates and proximity sensors. This week, I am going to show you how to use motion sensors to activate your special effects.
There are a lot of small motion sensor modules that will connect directly to your microcontroller. These output a HIGH signal whenever they detect motion. You can read this with a digitalRead function and then have your microcontroller activate any number of special effects. You can either use a commercial shield or make your own.
If you want to activate AC devices you can also modify a motion sensor that is already designed to work with AC. In this project, I took motion-activated security light and I turned it into a motion-activated AC outlet.
There are a lot of ways that you can use a motion sensor to help you automate your Halloween setup. Then after Halloween, you can use it to automate your house.
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