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    Wink2 Glow in the Dark Projects and Mods

    In this thread, post pictures of your glow in the dark flashlight mods and other projects. Also post tips, tricks, and FAQ's using glow in the dark paint and powder.

    When posting a picture, please include a short description of the products and procedures used.

    If you need a place to host your pictures, then send them to me at danny@glowinc.com .

    I will start this frenzy with my absolute favorite glow in the dark picture, the Ultimate Headlamp!

    This is about 1 ounce of Ultra Green Glow in the Dark Powder which is stuck to his mohawk using hair spray. The picture is taken with a black light to illuminate his face as well as the glow.

    The story behind this is great. This teenager's mom lets him cut his hair in funky ways during the summer as long as he lets it grow out before school starts. So, he figured he would play a gag on her!
    Last edited by Skylighter; 11-13-2005 at 09:02 PM.

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    Hmm, that's kinda cool but I guess I'm too old for this. ;-)

    I still love my self-made glowtubes. A short piece of clear plastic tube, filled with a glowpowder-epoxy-mix. A small hole drilled through it, and a split ring-attached. I have one on my keys, one on every flashlight I carry and several attached to other items. They also make great give-aways.



    Each is 5 or 6mm thick and about 2,5cm long. Very nice if you're trying to find a light in the dark.

    Chrisse

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    Popcorn Re: Glow in the Dark Projects and Mods

    Glow in the Dark Glass Jellyfish Paperweight



    This peice of art was created by Heath Conner. I dont know how he does it, but he can create 3-dimensional sculptures inside of glass. I beleive he called it a negative mold.

    For glass artwork, Heath buys a special version of Ultra Green Powder called UG Large. It has a large particle size. It is about 10% brighter than our regular Ultra Green. Because of the large sized particles, it is horrible for paint and other "thin" applications. But it is great for any type of molded medium like glass, cement, wax, etc.

    Picture was taken under black light.

    Heath Conner is available as a Glass Artist for custom work. I have seen a lot of his peices and he is very good. He uses our products in a variety of ways. I will post some more of his art next week. In the meantime, he can be contacted at heathconner@yahoo.com .

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    Glow in the dark Enterprise NCC-1701 Model



    Craig Gildroy (cgildroy@genext.net) makes high end models complete with sounds, lighting, and.....glow in the dark. For this project, he used our solvent-based paints: Ultra Green, Ultra Blue, Pure Blue, and Economy Green.

    Lower pictures are taken in darkness (no blacklight).

    I beleive Craig is available to do custom projects. Contact him directly for more info.
    Last edited by Skylighter; 11-14-2005 at 10:37 PM.

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    Here's a few of my glow projects:

    A LuxI mod with GID paint on the Lux's slug (ultra blue behind the optic):



    My latest ArcAAA mod (ultra green paint on the base of the LED):



    My GL3R with GID+epoxy bezel ring & other goodies (the LED tailcap also has GID paint, but I forgot to take a pic of that end):


    My desk had specs of GID powder that spilled out of a bag once, and I have some spots of glowing epoxy on the carpet under my desk, and on the kitchen table. don't let Mrs. GreenLED know! I've also been thinking about painting the light switches but I can find those even with my eyes closed, so I can't really justify the need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED
    Here's a few of my glow projects:

    My GL3R with GID+epoxy bezel ring & other goodies (the LED tailcap also has GID paint, but I forgot to take a pic of that end):


    My desk had specs of GID powder that spilled out of a bag once, and I have some spots of glowing epoxy on the carpet under my desk, and on the kitchen table. don't let Mrs. GreenLED know! I've also been thinking about painting the light switches but I can find those even with my eyes closed, so I can't really justify the need.
    Nice work Green. Details on the making of the bezel ring would be nice, or I may have to tell Mrs. GreenLED about the "glow carpet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beamhead
    Nice work Green. Details on the making of the bezel ring would be nice...
    for the compliments. I followed Darkzero's GID+epoxy recipe, and also added as much powder as I could. The mix almost looked clumpy for a bit; overdid the powder part, I guess, so I mixed in an extra drop of epoxy and it got runny again.

    I had to continue to turn the bezel round and round for a long time to keep the epoxy from dripping out. Even when the epoxy seems to solidify, it slooooowly moves (with gravity). At one point I got a "diaper call", and one of the sides is slightly thicker than the other. Also, I used masking tape along the edges of the ring to keep the edges smooth. You can also use a toothpick to clean off excess while the stuff is curing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beamhead
    ...or I may have to tell Mrs. GreenLED about the "glow carpet".
    I'll have to smite you again for that one!

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    Au Re: Glow in the Dark Projects and Mods

    "A Light for Life" Glow in the Dark Candles



    These candles were made by a non-profit organization called "A Light for Life" which can be found at www.alightforlife.com . This company generally suggests these candles as gifts for hospital patients.

    These gel candles contain Ultra Green Large and Pure Blue Powder. The "changing" candle has both Ultra Green Large and Pure Blue in it.

    Although not shown, Glow in the Dark Sand and Rocks also work very well in candles.

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    Glow in the Dark Fishing Lures

    These fishing lures were manufactured by Michigan Stinger http://www.mistinger.com . They use almost all of our glow paints and apply them with an airbrush. This is one of the very few times you will see Zinc Red and Zinc Orange used in a retail product. Glow Picture taken in dark, without black light.
    Last edited by Skylighter; 11-19-2005 at 02:02 AM.

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    Glow in the Dark Flying Wing




    These were made using standard Ultra Green and Pure Blue Glow Paint. This is a foam flying wing made for remote control night flying. Project and photos done by robb atkins [robbratkins@msn.com].

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    Cool stuff!!

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    very interesting! love gids. not sure about the hair!

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    greenlight, post your projects!

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    Glow in the Dark Handheld.....um......Flashlight



    This is another peice of pyrex style art from Heath Conner. He has a technique that allows him to embed a hollow area filled with glow powder, in this case Pure Blue. Heath can be contacted for custom projects at: heathconner@yahoo.com

    [Update: Shortly after I posted this pic, Heath emailed me to say that the Ultra Green, Ultra Blue, and Pure Blue powders work in his process. But the Zinc Red, Zinc Orange, and the Daytime products melt from the heat.]
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    Glow in the Dark Gun Sights



    This was done with Ultra Green Solvent Based Paint. Picture was submitted by Tony C. (email address withheld until I get his permission)

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    Glow in the Dark Model of Star Trek's Doomsday Machine



    This model screams of CPF, incorporating glow powders and multiple LED's, some flashing, some steady.

    His technique for applying glow powder:
    "Using the airbrush, I sprayed different colors of glow powder mixed in Testors clear lacquer and thinned with lacquer thinner. Some glow powder was also directly sprinkled on. Blue, aqua, green and red in appropriate places were used. The nose of the Doomsday got a good dose of very bright aqua glow paint. The front of the ill-fated USS Constellation got a rubbing of red glow powder around the front sides of the ship. Finally all the powders were sealed with Future Floor Polish."

    I found this model on the web and sent an email to its owner asking his permission to post on CPF. He replied and said "Sure, I am a member of CPF and was reading it when your email arrived." Come to find out, this model was made by our very own TrueBLue.

    An extremely detailed website with build instructions and plenty of pictures can be found at: http://www.culttvman.com/billy_lehne...ay_machin.html .

    TrueBlue also has several other models at that site. If you are into Star Trek models, I suggest you ask him to send the pictures of his collection. They are fairly intricate.
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    Glow in the Dark Batmobile Model


    Glow in the Dark Fast and the Furious Honda Civic Model


    Bill Spencer creates models with very intricate details. He uses glow paint as you would a light on a real car. You typically can not see the paint itself, only the reflection.

    Batmobile:

    For the batmobile, Spencer used Pure Blue Solvent Based Glow Paint. He first covered the underside of the ribbed hood with metalic foil to protect the plastic from the solvents in the paint. Then he painted a layer of the Pure Blue. The light from the Glow Paint illuminates the engine compartment. He also applied some to the wheels.

    Honda Civic:

    The bottom of the Honda was done by mixing the Economy Green Powder with epoxy.

    Both models can be found on Spencer's extensive modeling site at www.spencer1984.com . He was also featured on Starship Modeler at: http://www.starshipmodeler.org/galle..._batmobile.htm .

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    These are some fun projects. I have one I wish someone would figure out how to make (I have no way to mold plastic and no GID plastic to mold).

    What I would like is a cap that would slide over the bezel of a flashlight (like a beamshaper) but the part pointing out would be crenellated (Castellated, whatever) like this http://ah.bfn.org/a/DCTNRY/b/battle.html

    The idea is the little points would extend slightly out into the beam and be charged by the light when it was on. They would then glow when the light was off. I could then find my damn lights in the tent at night when I'm out camping. However if I wanted the light for some tactical purpose the whole thing would just slide off and I could stick it in my pocket.

    If someone is interested in the idea I could make a paper mock-up of what I'm talking about.
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    Sounds like Zespectre needs some glow paint.

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    Zspectre,

    You may want to check out a company called Alumilite (http://www.alumilite.com) which makes a hard plastic molding compound for hobbyists. You can add the glow pigment directly to that plastic.
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    20K Leagues Under the Sea Glow Nautilus Model



    These realistic Nautilus models were made by Craftsman Rob Martin. These are only two of the fleet that can be viewed on his website at: http://www.rc-sub.com . I beleive glow was applied by mixing Ultra Green Glow Powder with glue. Bob tells me that he is currently constructing a new, larger Nautilus with glow.

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    Nice stuff! I especially like the Negative mold glass thingie... wow!

    Hi Danny, found my way in here. I've read the Darkzero threads and others and I'll see if I can find 2 ton epoxy around, if not, I'll just go for nail polish. I guess white based would be the best (dunno if they put UV filters though, is it written on the label??), but when painted on a black torch, it's too obvious.

    I was thinking more of clear nail topcoat (dunno if that will glow well or at all), maybe will try a small amount with my girlfriend's cosmetics.

    I might end up painting a strip of sticker and sticking it around my torch? I was also thinking of something like Chrisse's glowring thingie, stuffing some of the GID sand or powder in a small plastic tube and attaching it to the torch one way or another.

    I was also thinking in line with zespectre's idea of painting the insides of crenelations or the inside of the bezel outside the lens (if it's protruding enough), so that it gets charged everytime the light turns on.

    Will post pics and stuff when the powder arrives and if I successfully get anything done!
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    If you are going to mix glow powder into nail polish, use clear nail polish, not white.

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    This is a crude paper mock up of what I had in mind for the crenelations. The whole thing would ideally be one piece of GID plastic and could just be slid on or off the light.
    A more complex version might have a screw-clamp bit so it could be tightened or expanded to fit different lights.



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    LEDcandle, don't bother mixing the powder with regular clear nail polish. It's icky, gets clumpy, dries horribly, etc. Do your wallet a favor, skip the mess and go straight to glowinc's glow paint. It's really easy to use, and its mediums were designed to work together with the glow stuff. No gunky, settling materials, drying nail polish, etc.

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    how 'bout a link?
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED
    LEDcandle, don't bother mixing the powder with regular clear nail polish. It's icky, gets clumpy, dries horribly, etc. Do your wallet a favor, skip the mess and go straight to glowinc's glow paint. It's really easy to use, and its mediums were designed to work together with the glow stuff. No gunky, settling materials, drying nail polish, etc.
    ack, I can't... I'm in Singapore and there was the hazmat warning on the site. I'm sure it could be 'sneaked' to me one way or another, but it's a slight risk?

    So I decided to go for the powder and do it over here. I would have gone for the paint straight otherwise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEDcandle
    ack, I can't... I'm in Singapore and there was the hazmat warning on the site.
    I came across that problem myself
    "For international orders of paint, we have a minimum sale requirement of $1000 per order and you should expect shipping costs above $250."

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    The plastic containers that Bausch & lomb contacts come in (not the storage cases) make great molds for epoxy + glow powder. Then you can flex and pop out a nice glow "tab" which you can drill a hole and use as a necklace, or lanyard attchament, or marker and glue to a wall/etc. You can epoxy 2 back to back to make a nice uniform one.

    You can mix blue with a little aqua to create a brigther glowing blue that still looks pretty much blue. Green tends to be brigthest, but I noticed after time aqua tends to stay brighter than green.... night all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEDcandle
    I was also thinking of something like Chrisse's glowring thingie, stuffing some of the GID sand or powder in a small plastic tube and attaching it to the torch one way or another.
    I've experimented with a few ways to make those tubes, and filling them with a powder/epoxy mix seems to be the best way. Simply filling them with powder doesn't work very good. Only the first layer gets charged this way, a waste of powder and it doesn't glow for long. I think it was skylighter who said it would be better to use sand for this method. Well I had no sand and a lot of powder left, so I went with the mix-method. It works good and you don't have to find a way to close the ends of tube, to make sure the powder/sand doesn't fall out.

    Chrisse

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