May 15, 2018

My Orb Project!

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Ever since Sir Ceannric's first post of portals on the Facebook page, I've been inspired. I've incorporated ideas from it into my character's backstory. And because of it, I've liked the idea of making a self glowing orb. So far, the closest I've gotten is whats pictured above, which is an actual picture unedited and taken in a pitch black room. I used a fillable x-mas ornament with a remote controlled color-changing LED, as well as some plastic bead fillings I found. I'm trying to make it more permanent, so I'll post more about it as I work.

 

So the best colors on this project are purple, blue, and red. Another obstacle I'm facing is the seam from the ornament, which is why I'm looking for a way to make it more permanent like using resin or a substitute of some kind. Or doing such a fine sand job on the seams that its unnoticeable. Also with the purple one above I lightly sanded the outside so the clear beads on the inside looked more cloudy. I'll do that for the final version too. I'm also trying it with a much bigger orb (unpictured) but the LED is too weak for it, so I'm trying different lights for it. I'll update more on this project when I can.

 

 

May 15, 2018

I did something similar for the RoS to use as a ward border during the ritual! I didn't use beads to hold the LEDs in place though. I used poly fill which worked pretty well and painted the inside some crazy colors using nail polish. I'm having the same issue with the seam. I also used cheaper LEDs without remotes because I made quite a few.

May 15, 2018

I actually thought about using poly fill as well, but I liked the weight the beads gave it. Still not as heavy as a solid ball of quartz, but thats the goal. Need to get back to Michaels to buy more supplies.

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