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The Golden Snitch
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Learn the ancient craft of Golden Snitch making

flying snitch

Perhaps you should wear gloves to make your Golden Snitch. After all it is usual for the snitch maker to do so, so that he or she does not touch the ball during manufacture. The snitch remembers who first touched it. In most cases this is the seeker who catches it, and it would do to have it confused by the touch of its maker.

william chases golden snitch

This snitch is very easy to make. It's made from two table tennis balls glued round each other and spray or painted with gold paint. I have tried three different types of gold finish: Brilliant Metallic spray (the best), gold marker pen (not bad) and regular gold spray paint (too dull for me). I didn’t try gold leaf, but I imagine that that would look amazing. If you want you can distress your finished snitch a slightly by painting some black acrylic paint on to the finished (and completely dry) snitch and the wiping it off so that the black stays in the cracks and corners. For me I think that the brand new shiny snitch looks better… I mean, doesn’t it look so cool.

golden snitch on velvet

Your full, How-to-Make a Golden Snitch instructions are available in both A4 and US Letter format PDFs and can be easily downloaded by just clicking on size you want to download.

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We can't wait to see the pictures of what you’ve made. Kids love it when the things you made together are published, so go on upload a picture of what you made. It's easy, just go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and we'll put one of them right here in the project picture gallery.

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yoyomax12's The Golden Snitch
Posted by yoyomax12 - My Golden Snitch. I used paper wings crimped and painted gold.Spacer
tristanzdad's The Golden Snitch
Posted by tristanzdad - Our second Dadcando project. My son loves his Snitch!Spacer
onegirl's The Golden Snitch
Posted by onegirl - I didn't follow your process exactly, but was inspired by it. The snitch had to open up - it contained the "clue" poem that the kids would need to start them off on a hunt for their spellbooks. Spacer
Escere's The Golden Snitch
Posted by Escere - I forgot to do the reverse image part... but that's ok.Spacer
juliet's The Golden Snitch
Posted by juliet - This is my second snitch model, made according to your instructions.Spacer
juliet's The Golden Snitch
Posted by juliet - this is my first model of a snitch which I made with a table-tennis ball and some gold easter-egg wrapping. For the wings, I stuck a tooth-pick down the center of the ball and taped paper wings to it Spacer
mustang2044's The Golden Snitch
Posted by mustang2044 - For the Wings i used craft feathers and trimed them to the right shape.Spacer
antigherkin's The Golden Snitch
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Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, they’ll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ‘Dad - can we make something?’ Unless you follow a ready made project plan, working out what you are going to make is sometimes the hardest part of the project, and if you don’t know what you are making at the start, you invariably end up with an unrewarding mess at the end.

At the planning stage, you are governed by four things: The available materials, your tools, your and your kid's ability and the time you have. advanced making post-it note The good news is that there are making projects to fit any mix of abilities and facilities. Your materials will be a mixture of junk lying around the house, and the odd bit of some special stuff that you can buy very cheaply. The equipment that you need can almost be limited to a glue gun, some spray paint and a permanent maker. That just leaves your skill level, and to be frank, you don’t need much to make a nice model or toy with your kids that they will love.

When you have decided what you want to make, the first thing to do is get yourself some reference. Search the web and have a look at pictures of the real version of what your kids want to make. Print some off to guide you. home made Ratchet and Clank ray gun

This ray Gun was based on a weapon in one of my children’s favourite games console games, Ratchet and Clank.

Once you have your reference pictures, have a look at what materials you have. Old plastic bottles, boxes, and bits of card are the obvious ones, but get creative. Think of all the things you have in the attic, shed or garden. An old plastic football, a bit of garden hose, a toothbrush, or a piece of aluminium grille are all great starting points for a neat project.

The great thing about making something from a console game is that it gets the kids off the game and into some really imaginative play, running round the house or garden, while still feeding into the world of their game.

advanced making TARDIS door sign If you can, use the computer design and print out label and graphics that will enhance your model. Dadcando's TARDIS project is really finished off by printouts of the Police Phone Call Box sign, and the smaller door sign, and on this project, we have already drawn up and laid them out to make the job really easy.

But you might need something more than just junk, if you are going to make really realistic models. Foam Board is a superb model making material, which will enable you to make just about anything which has a box like shape. The TARDIS and K9 were both made almost entirely from Foam Board. For things that have curves, where no plastic packaging is suitable, you’ll have to resort to Polymorph, papier mache, or Plaster of Paris bandage.
advanced plaster of Paris bandage roll To use Plaster of Paris bandage, simply cut it into 300mm (1 foot) long sections off the roll and pull through a saucer of water. It’s very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. It’s great for scenery, very satisfying to use and easy to paint with water based paints when it is dry.

advanced LED usage To add the finishing touches to an advanced model, nothing works better than a bit of light. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brilliant for this. They are low power, low current drain (meaning that they last a long time on the same battery), they can be very bright and are small, so they can be put almost anywhere in a model or homemade toy. You can find out more about LEDs in the Useful Stuff You Need section on dadcando.com.

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