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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/08/15

Thursday, October 8, 2015

DIY FAUX BARBED WIRE!

   This diy was found at www.stolloween.com  I thought this was a pretty cool diy  and also pretty easy to make.  No haunt is complete without some barbed wire.




This is a very easy way to make some convincing rusted looking barbed wire to enhance your props or costume and the best part is that it’s safe and inexpensive.

This prop does not involve the use of a papier mache (gasp!) but it does make a nice enhancement to your papier mache props.

The Faux Barbed Wire is made from twine, craft foam and black latex paint.





When starting this project I referenced a piece of real barbed wire and found that the barbs were approximately five inches apart.











The first step is to grab a piece of twine that is twice as long as you would like final piece of wire.

If you want 10 feet of barbed wire then start with 20 feet of twine.

Any type of thick twine will work but I prefer to use polypropylene because it holds together and doesn’t shed fibers.








Take your piece of twine and tie the two loose ends together then start tying loose knots at five inch intervals until you have placed knots along the entire length.










Next the barbs are created using a sheet of craft foam.

Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut thin strips of foam, the thickness of the strips will be the thickness of the faux metal barbs.

Cut the strips into two inch sections, these sections are longer than what is needed but extra length makes them easier to handle.











Take two of the foam strips and place them through the center of the loose knot, make sure they are centered within the knot then tighten.








When the twine is tightened the foam strips will be bend creating a convincing looking barb.

Trim the barbs to the desired length, remember to cut each end on a 45 degree angle to create a sharp looking point.









Once all the barbs are in place and trimmed the entire length of wire is dipped in flat black exterior latex paint.









Using a pair of rubber or plastic gloves remove the wire from the paint, use one hand to “squeeze” the excess paint from the twine.

The length of wire will need to be stretched taunt for drying, I attached one end to a hook in a tree and placed the other end over a stake placed in the ground.

Twist the twine several times before pulling it tight to give a convincing barbed wire illusion.

After the black latex paint has dried, the entire length of wire was dry brushed with a mixture of brown and red acrylic paint to give a rusted appearance.








Now you have a section of faux barbed wire that is easy to make and best of all safe and convincing.







11 HALLOWEEN PHOTGRAPHY TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER PICTURES!!





   With Halloween just around the corner, the cameras are certainly going to be flashing away with all the amazing pictures that will be taken of all of the little ghouls and ghosts  in their costumes, to the amazing houses decorated to scare those little ghoulies and ghosties.  Years before your photos just ended up looking a little less than amazing.  This year you are bound and determined to capture those precious memories with some "professional" style.  So hers some tips on how to achieve great Halloween photos this year.


  •  Finding A Point of Interest- make sure you know what the focal point is of your picture.  The focal point will need to be the attention holder of the photo.  The item or person you will see first when looking at the picture.  Once you have determined the focal point make sure it is absolutely perfect.  It may be hard to achieve that with children, but pick the older child, place him in the middle of the other children, standing tall and then tell him to "BE STILL" and keep smiling.  His steadiness will make him the focal point.

  • Filling In Your Frame-To add that added punch to your photos make sure you fill in as much as possible into the picture.  To achieve a nice tight shot with people is to make sure you add as many as your frame will allow.  To fill in your frame an object the best way is to zoom into the object closer so you can remove any excess blank background.






  • Create New Angles-Did that pumpkin you shot last year look like the same one you took a picture of three years ago?  It's hard to make a picture of an object, that plain, stand out.  Try to create different angles to take the pictures from.  You should not have a problem getting that pumpkin, or any other object, to stand out in a way it never has before.

  • Candid Shots-The best way to get a photo shot of a person or multiple people is to catch them off guard.  Do some of your photos when people are not looking directly into the camera.  Have them talk to one another, playing with a pumpkin or putting on their costume.  When you have them look directly into the camera you more than likely will get the "deer in the headlights" look.  However, with a motion shot they will not have to worry about looking "just right".

  • No Flash-Sometimes the flash will cause red eyes or one point of interest to be more brighter than the other parts of the photo.  Either set your flash to outdoor setting, or kill the flash completely.  If you still need the flash, say you are in a dark setting and have to have a flash to pick up on the objects try to diffuse the flash with some cellophane.







  • Black and White- When going to print out your pictures, in stead of doing them all in color, get a few done in black and white coloring.  It gives your pictures a classic look and they become timeless.

  • Light From Below-When we just snap a photo, we usually capture the light from over head either with the sun or with a lamp light.  This way is always predictable.  To create a spooky, Halloween feel to your picture, place light on your objects from below.  When you are working with people have a flashlight put off light from below their faces.  When you are shooting a picture on an object like a pumpkin you can use a glow-stick to cast off the glow from the bottom of the pumpkin.

  • Creating The Red Eye-Contrary to what I have said about losing red eye look in Tip 5, sometimes a red eye photo for Halloween is much needed to create the devilish Halloween look.  If you want the person in your picture to have the "devil eyes" to enhance their costume then make sure the room is completely dark and have their eyes as wide open as they possibly can.  With this process you will most definitely use your flash!









  • Shutter Speed-Try to delay your shutter speed.  Either by setting it for 2 seconds or creating multiple shutter pictures like one right after another.

  • Bend Your Knees-Not every picture you take will be at your eye level.  Your children may not be the same height as you are and that pumpkin sitting on the ground is not at your eye level.  To get a great picture create the point of interest at your eye level by either bending down or even laying down on the ground.

  • Have Fun-Halloween is the time for fun and pretending, so make sure you have fun while you're capturing these lifelong memories.  Relax and don't expect every shot to be perfect.  Sometimes the best photos come fro the "oops" moments that you wish didn't happen.  Also try to do these tips the night before Halloween or a couple days before.  If you practice at taking your Halloween pictures, then when Halloween day rolls around, you'll be ready to snap away like a pro.