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FOG MACHINE VORTEX
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First, select from the film images included with your image projector, one with a background color you would like the vortex color to be (we used blue). The image film is the transparent part inside the outer circle that has the actual image on it. Now, you need to block the picture part of the film image with a paper circle so that it does not show in the projected image. The paper circle needs to be about a quarter of an inch smaller than the film (image) portion.

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Using a ruler, measure the diameter of the image film within the outer circle. Ours measured 1-1/8", so we needed a 7/8" paper disc to cover the actual image. Now draw the circle (7/8" in our case) on a piece of black book paper, using a compass. We chose black book paper because it is thin, yet still opaque, but you could use any similar material at hand. Carefully cut out the circle from the black book paper.

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Vortex-07.jpg (11228 bytes)Using double-sided tape or glue, carefully stick the paper circle onto the center of the transparent film image. This should leave a one eighth inch (1/8") border of the background color exposed. Be sure to place it on the back side on the disc, not the side that says "THIS SIDE FACE UP". This way the paper disc is not directly exposed to the light bulb.

After you have cut the paper circle, placed it and affixed it to the center so only a thin line of light can be see, put the adapted film image back inside the image projector and reassemble the projector unit.

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The first two pictures at the right shown how ours went together. The inner core of the light is housed in a weather proof canister but as with most products that make that claim, we still take ours in if it happens to rain.

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Place the fog machine up high with the image projector just above it so that its light shines down through the fog at the angle your visitors will approach as shown in this icture.

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As a final touch, we place a CD player and speakers behind the fog machine playing an eerie sound effect.

As with any fog related effect, wind is the enemy! Even a light breeze will disrupt the look of this effect. If its windy, you might want to use this in your haunted garage.

 

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