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do you use for your ghosts?

I found just regular white material from the fabric store just isn't wide enough. So I bought some cheap ($7) full sized white flat bed sheets.

Any other suggestions before I start cutting them apart?

They're short ghosts 35 inches from the ground to the tops of their heads.
 

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cheesecloth............several pieces on our fcg

and on a static prop I have a white sheet w/cheesecloth draped around the shoulder area and hanging down the arms
 

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i get mine from walmart............they usually have a big box of it in the fabric section you can buy by the yard............however the store i went to was out so i got 3 yrds in a package

you can also get it from hobby lobby...........and i'm sure any fabric store
 

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cool, thank you.

I'm going to soak the sheets in the Rit whitener stuff to see if I can get it to stand out more in the lights.

I LOVE halloween!
 

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i throw all my sheets/cheesecloth in the washer w/a package of rit whitener and dry as usual
 

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I use a combination of wedding gauze (I think it's called "tulle"...?) for the areas that I want to be transparent and ethereal, and cheesecloth for the areas that I want to be textured, torn up and stringy looking. Once you use the Rit Whitener on the cheesecloth, it glows the exact same color as the wedding gauze
 

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I like tulle as well, it glows very well with out treatment, and also has a lot of body. But then again, you can't beat the scariness of cheesecloth! You can get both at wal mart. I use 10 yards on a ghost.
 

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The stiff tulle is good for bunching up into areas of more solidity, like torsos or arms, while the really thin filmy stuff is good for draping, such as outer layers of shrouds. At JoAnn, you find a whole bunch of different weights and "hands" of that sort of fabric all in one section (the wedding dress section, more or less).

Warning: if you use a lot of the stiff kind, and not very much of the drapy kind, you stand a good chance of your ghost looking a lot like a wedding dress. If that's the effect you are going for, well, now you know how to get it. ;-)

And of course you can shred the edges and cut holes and tears in ithe tulle to make it more battered and scary looking. I like to keep any spare tulle wadded up in a tight ball, so it comes out wrinkly, which gives the ghost texture and interesting lighting effects under the black lights. But it never quite gets that organic stringiness that cheesecloth does when you distress it.
 

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just a heads up that my local walmart doesn't carry bulk cheese cloth anymore and all they have is the 3 yard packets. I think I read that some other folks were finding the same thing in their area.
 
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