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Pokeball Prop (w/ process) by effektdmentality Pokeball Prop (w/ process) by effektdmentality
Pokeball prop made using a modified version of this tutorial: [link]

Materials:
1 - 3" clear plastic DIY ornament
red and white spray paint
black gloss acrylic paint
A black disc of some sort (I used a 3/4" black button)
A smaller white disc of some sort (used a 3/8" plastic screw head protector)
Masking Tape
Glue (I used hotglue)

Steps:
1) Mask the outside of the ornament with tape, then spray the inside of the ornament, one side white and one side red. Painting the -inside- instead of the outside of the ball helps in two ways: the plastic ball stays super glossy on the outside, AND the paint wont wear off from use, because it's protected inside the ball instead of on the outside. The original tutorial used a thick layer of acrylic, but I found spray paint to be faster and more even in coverage. Just use multiple thin coats until the paint is opaque.

2) Glue the ball together. If you haven't already, snap off the small plastic loop at the top of the ornament; this might leave some small stumps of plastic, but the button should cover them.

3)Mask off the band along the seam with tape, and paint in the black band using gloss acrylic paint. Let dry then peel off the tape.

4) Once dry, glue the discs to the top (now the front) of the ball. The ornament originally had a plastic loop at the top for hanging; hopefully by now you've snapped the loop off, so use the button to hide the rough plastic where you broke the loop off. I used a screw head protector and a black button, but you can use other disc like shapes, just make sure they're not too small or big.

Simply change up the design on the inside of the red half if you want other kinds of Pokeballs (Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, etc). For things like stripes, shapes, and letters, you may need to hand-paint them in (be sure to reverse the design or lettering if you hand-paint on the inside).

I WILL TAKE COMMISSIONS ON THESE AS WELL. $5 a ball, $4 each with an order of 4 or more.Send me a pm if you're interested!
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Ep1cne55 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where could I get the ornament
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a way to make these functional props, i.e. able to open & close? I'm really looking for something like that for a Team Rocket Grunt costume.
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effektdmentality Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose I could glue in a small hinge. However, they kinda pop together, like plastic Easter eggs. The bottom half has a smaller lip that snaps into the top half. I also don't have an idea as to keeping it closed under the button, although there could be some kind of magnet installed in it. What kind of things would it need to contain, if any?
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, you know, candy, items, small pocket-sized fighting monsters.
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effektdmentality Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I'll see what I can do.
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm currently working on the videogame version of a Team Rocket Grunt (back from the old-school Red & Blue days), so I want to be sure to have all the little details right.
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