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Free video instruction on making glow-in-the-dark star ceiling murals
Room with star ceiling mural. Link to introduction to star ceiling 	mural web page.
(1) Introduction to Star Ceiling Murals
Star map. Link to star map web page.
(2) The Star Map
Glow in the dark milky way. Link to web page on making glow in the 	dark milky way.
(3) The Milky Way
Overhead projector. Link to star map projection web page.
(4) Star Map Projection
Glow in the dark star. Link to web page on making glow in the 	dark stars.
(5) Stars
Glow in the dark nebula, galaxy, and moon. Link to web page on 	making glow in dark celestial objects.
(6) Introduction to Celestial Objects
Glow in the dark galaxy. Link to web page on making glow in dark 	galaxies.
(7) Galaxies
Glow in the dark nebula. Link to web page on making glow in dark 	nebula.
(8) Nebula
Glow in the dark moon. Link to web page on making a glow in dark 	moon.
(9) The Moon
Leo and Cancer constellations. Link to web page on closing notes on 	star ceiling murals.
(10) Closing Notes
Laser board/shadow wall. Link to web page on making a laser board.

(11) The Laser Board (or What Do I Do With This Left Over Glow Paint?)

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Materials List

The table below lists the materials needed to make a star ceiling mural.

 

  Glow in the dark powder
 
Amount needed:
 
4 ounces Aqua, 4 ounces Blue, 2 ounces Violet, and 2 ounces Green
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
30 dollars for 4 ounces, 20 dollars for 2 ounces
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for Glow In The Dark Powder for suppliers
 
 
Comments:
 

All the powders used in these videos were purchased from GloNation.com. I have always found this company’s glow powders to be high quality and reasonably priced. Another supplier is GlowInc.com. This company’s products receive very favorable customer reviews but I have never purchased from them because their powders are twice as expensive as other suppliers. Regardless of where you purchase your powders, GlowInc’s website is well worth exploring. They have several technical articles on glow in the dark materials, and they maintain a lively and informative discussion board where star mural artists share techniques.

 

Just in case anyone is interested, the emission spectra of the glow in the dark powders used in these video can be found on this link: Emission Spectra

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  Black light (24 inch Fluorescent):
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
20 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Department stores, lighting stores, or search “Black Light” on the internet.
 
 
Comments:
 
Larger and smaller size fluorescent bulbs are available, but I find the 24 inch model has a nice mixture of power and handiness.
 

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  Elmer's Glue-All:
 
Amount needed:
 
At least five 4 ounce bottles
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
3 dollars per bottle
 
 
Sources:
 
Any office supply, hardware, or art store
 
 
Comments:
 
It is often more economical to buy one 4 ounce bottle and a one-gallon jug to refill the small one. Yes, you may end up with half a gallon of glue left over, but your household will be well stocked with glue for decades to come.
 

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  Stiff bristle scrubbing brush (for splatter painting the milky way):
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
3 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Any hardware store
 
 
Comments:
 
The one shown in the video tutorial was purchased from GloNation.com, the same supplier that sells the glow powders used in the video. It works fine but similar brushes from hardware store will work just as well.
 

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  Paint brushes (standard children's art brush set):
 
Amount needed:
 
One or two medium and small brushes
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
5 dollars for a set of several brushes
 
 
Sources:
 
Any store that sells kids' art supplies
 

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  Stiff bristle artist's paint brush with a round head
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
5 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Any art store or internet art supplier
 
 
Comments:
 
Synthetic bristles work perfectly. No need to get a genuine hog bristle paint brush. If the bristles come to a sharp point, cut them with scissors to make the end flat, as is shown in the tutorial.
 

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  Acetate overheads (also called transparency film):
 
Amount needed:
 
About 10 sheets, depending on the size of your ceiling and your starmap.
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
30 dollars for a box of 100 sheets
 
 
Sources:
 
Office supply stores, or search the internet for Transparency Film
 
 
Comments:
 
Be sure to get the correct kind for your printer, either a laser printer or an inkjet printer. The acetate type that is made for “plain paper copiers” seems to work in laser printers but not in inkjet printers. If you have friends that work in an office or as a teacher, you may be able to get a few sheets from them for free.
 

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  Overhead projector:
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
50 – 150 dollars for a used one.
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for Overhead Projector for suppliers
 
 
Comments:
 
I found Craig’s List to be a good source for used overhead projectors. If you have friends that work in an office or as a teacher, you may be able to borrow an overhead projector for a few days for free.
 

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  Syringe (flavor injector):
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
10 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Cookware stores or search the internet for “Flavor Injector”
 
 
Comments:
 
Be sure to get one with screw-on needles at the tip.
 

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  Cardstock paper (index paper), white, 110 pound, 8.5 x 11 inch sheets:
 
Amount needed:
 
At least 20 sheets.
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
15 dollars for pack of 250 sheets.
 
 
Sources:
 
Office supply stores or search the internet for Card Stock for suppliers
 

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  Elmer's Craft Bond spray glue:
 
Amount needed:
 
One spray can
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
5 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Art or office supply stores, or search the internet for Elmers Craft Bond Spray
 

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  Polycarbonate safety glasses:
 
Amount needed:
 
One pair
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
5 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for Polycarbonate Laboratory Safety Glasses for suppliers
 

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  Salt spoon:
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
5 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Cookware stores or search the internet for “Salt Spoon” for suppliers
 
 
Comments:
 
Smaller is better
 

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  Flat white enamel spray paint:
 
Amount needed:
 
One can
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
4 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Any hardware store
 
 
Comments:
 
"Flat" white means non-glossy white.
 

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  White soft body (medium viscosity) acrylic paint:
 
Amount needed:
 
One 2 ounce jar
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
6 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Any art supply store
 

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  Stencils of zodiac images
 
Amount needed:
 
As many as desired on mural
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
Many stencil images are free on the internet
 
 
Sources:
 
A very good website for free stencils is SprayPaintStencils.com. If you don’t find the exact stencil you need there, an efficient method to search the entire internet for stencil images is this (using the constellation Capricorn as an example): From the Google main page, click on the Images link. In the images search word box, type Capricorn Stencil. After the image results appear, you can narrow the results to show more stencils in this way: On the left of the image results, there is a list of search parameters. From this list click on Line Drawing. This should refine your results to show dozens of line-based images, mostly in black and white, that can be used for stencils.
 

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  Glow in the dark stickers/decals
 
Amount needed:
 
As many as desired on mural
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
Varies with size and number of decals
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for Glow In The Dark Decals for suppliers. The company Dezign (website = DezignWithAZ.com) offers many large artistic glow in the dark decals. Another good source is EyeCandySigns.net
 

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  Foam core board:
 
Amount needed:
 
One 60 inch x 40 inch piece
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
15 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Office supply and art supply stores
 
 
Comments:
 
Poster board works also but is not as sturdy as foam core board
 

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  Violet laser pointer (5 milliwatt)
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
20 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for 405 nm Laser Pointer for suppliers
 
 
Comments:
 
Less expensive ones are available, but they may be low quality. Laser pointers above 5 mW power can be purchased on the internet, but they can cause eye damage and are illegal.
 

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  Ultraviolet LED flashlight (51 LED bulbs)
 
Amount needed:
 
One
 
 
Approximate cost:
 
20 dollars
 
 
Sources:
 
Search the internet for 51 LED Ultraviolet Flashlight for suppliers.
 
 
Comments:
 
UV flashlights can also be used to detect pet urine stains on carpets and scorpions, both of which are fluorescent for some reason.