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Nov 01, 2010 12:17 |  #1

Howdy Everyone

I thought it would be a good place for the DIY photography set builders out there to join forces in one thread!

I love building sets, and luckly i have a large Prep bay / spray booth that i can use

Im currently looking to make a 'Snow Set' with falling snow over santas grotto

The fake snow is my hardest problem, making it safe for models and cheap

So far i have thought of:

Bean Bag Refill Material - Not realstic enough

Instant Snow (Add Water) - Realistic But Expencive For Even 100g

Fake Snow Shop Window Decoration - Very Realistic But £50+ for 4Kg

Cotton Fibers - Not realistic For Falling Snow

My next ideas were ripped up plastic bags uses for shopping or white bin liners, again ripped up into very small 'Flakes'

My only Concern is the static causing the shreadded plastic to stick to everything!

has anyone else got ideas?

Also please share your 'Set Builds'

Cheers Cosha


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Nov 01, 2010 12:20 |  #2

Potato flakes.... with maybe some glitter mixed in. i know a theater company that uses this and it looks great!


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Nov 01, 2010 12:31 as a reply to  @ Dermit's post |  #3

You sir have made my day!

Is there certain way to mix glitter with it?

my google resaults show very yellow flakes but turning them into while flakes would be great too!

Does the flakes fall like snow?


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Nov 01, 2010 12:37 |  #4

i also just remembered from working in a garden shop, we used to sell perlite for mixing with soil, a white fluffy non toxic rock!

very light weight too!

http://www.perlite.net​/ (external link)


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Nov 01, 2010 12:45 |  #5

Cosha wrote in post #11204679 (external link)
You sir have made my day!

Is there certain way to mix glitter with it?

my google resaults show very yellow flakes but turning them into while flakes would be great too!

Does the flakes fall like snow?

It falls very much like snow. The way the theater group used made it fall was they had some contraption made with large diameter PVC pipe. The pipe is cut in half lengthwise, then stacked one inside the other with holes drilled in them. Then the potato flakes are poured into the half pipe with the holes mis-aligned to prevent it from falling yet. Then they have one pipe attached to a motor that slowly rocks it back and forth which brings the holes in alignment off and on to let it fall evenly.

Not sure of the mixture of flakes to glitter. But they do not use the silver glitter, they use the more white shinny kind.

Yes, the flakes are off-white and a little yellow. But when lit right the yellow does not really show too bad, they look more white than yellow. But maybe some brands are whiter than others.


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