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I've been experimenting with different methods for putting hair on puppets. Being as I have 150 to do, and I want them to be able to take a closeup well, I thought I'd try Flocking. Flocking is when you attach a positive electrode to whatever you're planning to stick the hair to, paint an adhesive where you want the hair to stick. Then use a negatively charged tube filled with the strands of hair to "shoot" the hair onto the surface. It will stand on end, only the tip sticking into the glue. When the glue is dry, you turn off the machine and comb and style the hair anyway you want.

I've done this before but now that i'm in my own little shop, I don't have the cash for one of the big industrial flocking machines. I want to try and make my own, I know it's basically just a high voltage, ultra low amp generator, does anyone know where I could get more info on building one? Does anyone know if a home made Van de Graaff generator would work? if I attached a lead from the collecting dome as a negative and get the positive from the brush wire. I don't know if a Van de Graaff changes polarity, or has enough volts to work.

Any help would be appreciated....

thanks, Tim (all flocked up) Baker
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msdawe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Unfortunately I have no experience in this subject. But the internet is a wonderful place, browsing for hours is your best chance if you don't know anyone hah. (:
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I crawled all over the interwebs but didn't find a solution.. have had some good ones here tho :D
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rogue-designer Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
hmm - one of the mad scientists at the steampunk forum might know this better.

I think you'd be ok voltage wise (depending on the size of the collection dome.. bigger is better).

But I don't know if you'll get a polarity reversal.
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, someone here said a powder coating transformer, i think that ought to do it, it's so simple (as long as the amp don't knock the stuffing out of me ;-)
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rogue-designer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
yikes... yeah, the amperage might be a bit rough. Make sure you're safe.
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Morvian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
I've watched videos of people playing with Van de Graafs where the persons hair stood straight up, and damn near ripped metal blinds off the wall from 4 yards distance when he waved his hand. :D Be careful if you mess with one.

As for building a flocking machine, you could always do a google patent search for one. That'd give you a general overview of how they work and a couple diagrams to go off of. If anything else, it's might be a decent starting point.

[link]=puVmAAAAEBAJ&dq=electrostatic+flocking+machine

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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) but don't worry, they have lots of volts but no amps, pretty safe. I dont' think the ones i could make cheaply would have enough control tho :(
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blackaller Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Dude you're badass and no kiddin'
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, but not badass enough to figure this damn thing out, tho someone here sujested powder coating! so simple I can't belive I didn't think of it. It's just an electrostatic gun setup but all I need is the transformer. I can make the rest with one trip to the hardware store :D
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blackaller Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
As I said, b-a-d-a-s-s.

I directed today for the first time. Just a low budget commercial, but it felt so good. I think I will do more of that.
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