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Topic: Skulls for Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 2, 2014 03:34PM)
I think it would be fun for Halloween to replace the balls with little skulls, but I'm having trouble finding the right size skull. The ones I have could work, but are a bit too small and too light.

Anyone tried this and have a source for little skulls?
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Oct 2, 2014 04:09PM)
One would think they would not only have to be the right size, but soft as well. If you're into the three-shell game, Stevens sells the shells as little skulls, two types:

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 2, 2014 09:03PM)
Why don't you just get some cheap, air-dry modeling compound like Crayola brand, and make yourself a set?


You can build the stuff around a small ball bearing or lead shot for weight.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Oct 2, 2014 09:31PM)
Have you tried going to one of the seasonal Halloween stores? They usually have rows of bins full of small tchotchkes, like skulls. You may find something there...
Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 2, 2014 10:56PM)
Guys, thanks for the excellent suggestions.

I'm planning on buying the shell game at some point.

I'll consider building my own with the white Crayola stuff. I've checked the local places, haven't found the right size yet. May need to recheck a spot.

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Oct 3, 2014 06:48PM)
Two years go I got a bag of them at Dollar Tree. A bit large at about 11/4" but suitable for many effects.
Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 3, 2014 11:01PM)
1 1/4 is just about what I'm looking for. I'll just have to keep an eye out!
Message: Posted by: Payne (Oct 4, 2014 04:28PM)
Try Archie McPhee's. They have a wide assortment of little skulls. I'm not sure if you can get them online. But they have some pirate skull pencil toppers that would work. Though you'd have to buy four sets to get a proper set of matching ones.

I also found some skull pencil toppers at Target a couple of years ago. Check party supply stores or this person says they have them http://www.eraserfactory.com/products_detail.asp?id=1094&cataid=158
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Oct 4, 2014 05:23PM)
Payne, I completely forgot about Archie McPhee's. They do pretty much have just about everything cool.


I did a quick search on their site for "skull" and surprisingly came up dry. But look around. They do have a heck of a lot of stuff in there...
Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 4, 2014 05:32PM)
You folks are great.
Message: Posted by: scottjenkins (Oct 10, 2014 12:45AM)
This is for the shell game, but they're sweet. Ray showed you the Steven's link, but here's a little more info.
Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 10, 2014 09:38AM)
Scott, great minds think alike. I actually bought those this week and posted a review last night: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=567690&forum=109
Message: Posted by: shellgame-al (Oct 11, 2014 01:24PM)

Just to let you know, the Dead-Man Skull Shells have all been reworked. They are now stained and look much better than before.
Also have many more added working features. The link below will give you more detail and pictures.
They are probabally one of the most deceitful shell sets I now make.



Message: Posted by: Ryan_McSwain (Oct 12, 2014 12:03PM)

Those look amazing, and I hope they sell well for you. The bottom ridge is still my favorite--I had to retrain my brain to work without it.
Message: Posted by: Shagbeard (Oct 12, 2014 12:24PM)
This sounds great for anytime goth style.