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I have a bunch of those cheap rubber rats and some birds that work fine during the day but all but disappear at night. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make their eyes shine in the night? I guess there is glow in the dark paint but that seems very 2-D. I have also seen glow in the dark beads but the ones I have seen are pretty dull. Has anyone seen any 2mm to 4mm simple red or white glass eyes that might work? I don't think LED lights will work without drilling and creating a lot of work, but if there is a simple way to do those I would be open to it.
 

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Seems like you've covered quite a few options and noted many of the cons with each. A couple of other possibilities I can think of would be to set up a small LED light or two near the prop which might help highlight it. A single LED would likely run for days on a couple AA batteries and provide a bit of 'spot' lighting or you could tie it into a small low-volt transformer for extended use. You might also consider lighting with either UV blacklight LEDs, or other blacklights around the scene, then possibly using a bit of phosphorescent paint for eyes. That would likely 'pop' a lot more than simple GITD paint or beads. One other thought - if you can find small 'uranium glass' beads - those give an eerie green glow under blacklight, so might be another option, especially if looking for more of a 3D effect.
 

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I have a bunch of those cheap rubber rats and some birds that work fine during the day but all but disappear at night. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make their eyes shine in the night? I guess there is glow in the dark paint but that seems very 2-D. I have also seen glow in the dark beads but the ones I have seen are pretty dull. Has anyone seen any 2mm to 4mm simple red or white glass eyes that might work? I don't think LED lights will work without drilling and creating a lot of work, but if there is a simple way to do those I would be open to it.
You could try balloon lights and change them out as they fail. They start out really bright, then dim down and will stay at that level for quite a while. They 9 bucks for a bag of 50 might be worth a try.
 

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You could try balloon lights and change them out as they fail. They start out really bright, then dim down and will stay at that level for quite a while. They 9 bucks for a bag of 50 might be worth a try.

I've used those balloon lights in the past (for balloons) and had great luck. I set two on the mantle once after Halloween, and they burned for over a year nonstop. Dim, yes, but they were still visibly lit. I'm not sure how you'd use them on the rats and birds though. Neat idea. I've disassembled them and it's just the LED, and a couple batteries. Smaller than a marble, but not the 4mm you may have in mind.
 

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I've used those balloon lights in the past (for balloons) and had great luck. I set two on the mantle once after Halloween, and they burned for over a year nonstop. Dim, yes, but they were still visibly lit. I'm not sure how you'd use them on the rats and birds though. Neat idea. I've disassembled them and it's just the LED, and a couple batteries. Smaller than a marble, but not the 4mm you may have in mind.
True. I was thinking they are really cheap powered leds already setup with a battery, that last a long time. But you'd still be stuck with having to fit them somehow. Perhaps they could be used to backlight the rats/birds so they don't disappear in the dark then? Wouldn't be the same as glowing eyes but might have a good although different effect. Sorry if I sent you all down a rabbit hole.
 

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I think the UV paint is probably your best bet, BUT you'd have to run a blacklight with an extension cord to really make it work.

No blacklight - one of these might items work...
Glow beads, just stick 'em on with glue.

Glow gravel. This looks pretty cool, and charges up in the sun.
 

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Hunters use 'reflective tacks for trail-marking' (that's your Google serch phrase). They are super-reflective, and should be easy to apply - might be too big, but you might be able to trim them down with tin-snips.
 

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I have a bunch of those cheap rubber rats and some birds that work fine during the day but all but disappear at night. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make their eyes shine in the night? I guess there is glow in the dark paint but that seems very 2-D. I have also seen glow in the dark beads but the ones I have seen are pretty dull. Has anyone seen any 2mm to 4mm simple red or white glass eyes that might work? I don't think LED lights will work without drilling and creating a lot of work, but if there is a simple way to do those I would be open to it.
I used clear marbles to create a vacant dead eye look that reflected light beautifully
 

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I saw a thing where someone used a cyalume glow stick inside of a toilet paper tube. Cut a couple of eye shaped holes and seal up the ends with duct tape. Hang them in trees or put them in bushes.

Edit: I plan on using some scrap PVC pipe and blackbombing them.
 
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