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Electrostatic flocking is a technique used by effects artists to create the realistic short fur on animatronic animals. Adhesive is applied in sections and the short hairs are drawn to the area by grounding the object you are flocking and aiming the flocking wand at it. Hairs are stored in a small container in the wand and are attracted to the skin. The hairs stick end on and stand straight up. before the adhesive in that section dries, the artist then smooths the hair in the direction of natural growth for an extremely realistic effect. Animatronic animals created with this technique are often used in scenes where they are placed next to a real animal of the same type. The effect, if done right can actual fool people into thinking a prop animal is real.

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