Special FX Focus: Make a Cobweb Gun
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You really can make your own cobweb gun at home. I’ve seen all the youtube tutorials, I’ve
tried them all and I’m doubly confirming and going over the specs of the one that works the best
and is actually the cheapest.
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You are going to need a 1-cup
Rubbermaid brand (they are the best, so use
the name brand) container with lid, a decent
power drill (a screw gun may not have enough
power), a ¼ inch by 2 inch long bolt with a nut
and washer, jars of rubber cement, an
aluminum or metal fan blade like for big
refrigerator units and two drill bits for quick use
– a ¼ inch bit and a 1/16 inch bit.
|(Supplies you will need.)
The pics of my results further show why using the rubber cement for cobwebs is the better
option. They really do stick to and past everything you target and even stretch and further stick to
anything that comes into contact with them…like REAL cobwebs. I’ve seen some folks lightly
spray paint them for a dusty look, but I’m telling you that simply blowing some baby or talcum
powder from your hands into the cobwebs gives an even better result.
The build is quick: The ¼ inch bit drills
through the center of the bottom of the 1-cup
Rubbermaid container. The 1/16 inch bit drills
a hole through only one corner of the
Rubbermaid container just underneath the
fastened lid and just atop the ridge/lip of the
container. The bolt goes through the
container, through the center of the metal fan
blade (ensure that your fan blades are curving
up towards the container for the proper air flow
you will want) and then the washer and bolt
are tightened firm (careful not to break the
container) leaving enough threads from the
bolt sticking out to still be a stem for your drill
to lock onto. Fill the container with the rubber
cement, fasten the lid (and I tape it down for
extra hold – don’t cover up your corner hole
you drilled, of course) and after locking your
cobwebbing “bit” into your drill, make sure your
drill is set on reverse, again for blowing the
webs away from you accordingly onto your
targets. You’ll probably need your drill set at
least at half its power. Find what suits you, of
|(Hey, at least my diagram is easier than Ikea's.)
So, there you go! This is the best cobweb making option that I have used and definitely will
use way more often, now. Enjoy!!!
Until next time…keep on creeping on, everyone.
|(Samples shots of the finished product.)
| Duane P. Craig is a practical fx artist and screenwriter in Memphis, TN and you can listen to
Duane on our bi-monthly podcast "Unreal Radio".
|(My prototype after assembly.)