DIY Spy Gear

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Things You'll Need

  • Colored chalk
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Clear tape
  • Card stock
  • Sunglasses
  • Circular mirror, 1-inch diameter
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hardcover book
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Lemon juice
  • Container
  • Paintbrush

Whether you want to be like James Bond or Sydney Bristow of &ldquo;Alias,&rdquo; you must begin your spy career with the proper gear. Spy on your brothers and sisters or start your own secret organization with friends. Spy gear can help you find fingerprints, watch a suspect unnoticed or hide valuable evidence from prying eyes. Make your own spy gear with objects found around the house, but keep your gear hidden when you&#039;re finished to prevent other spies from discovering your secrets.

Fingerprint Dust

Place three to five sticks of the same color chalk into a resealable plastic bag.

Smash the chalk with a rolling pin until it forms a fine powder. Repeat with other bags and different chalk colors.

Every fingerprint is unique to its owner.
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Sprinkle the ground chalk over an object. Blow away remaining chalk dust to reveal fingerprints.

Press a piece of clear tape over the dusted print. Peel away the tape to remove the print.

Apply the tape onto a piece of card stock to save the print for further analysis.

Spy Glasses

Apply a small dab of glue from a hot-glue gun onto the back of a small, circular mirror. The mirror should measure no more than one inch in diameter.

Press the mirror against the inside lens of a pair of sunglasses. Position the mirror at the outside edge of the frame.

Install another mirror on the opposite side of the sunglasses. Allow the glue to dry.

Put on the glasses. Glance far to the left or right, and the mirrors will show you what is going on behind you, allowing you to spy on people without their knowing.

Secret Book Safe

The thicker the book, the more space for valuables.
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Open a thick hardcover book so that you are a few pages from the front.

Trace a rectangle around a page in the book. Make the rectangle at least 2 inches away from any edge of the book. Use a ruler to make straight lines.

Press the ruler along one of the lines. Run a utility knife down the line. Apply pressure to cut into the pages of the book. Repeat along the other three lines of the rectangle.

Cut down through the pages of the book until you almost reach the bottom. Clean up the inner edges of the cut rectangle to reveal a space inside the book to store hidden items.

Fill the rectangle with valuables; then close the book. The closed book will resemble a standard hardcover.

Invisible Ink

Lemon juice is invisible when it dries.
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Pour lemon juice into a small plastic container with a lid.

Dab a paintbrush into the juice. Write a secret message onto a sheet of white paper to send to a fellow spy.

Hold the paper up to a lightbulb or over a candle for a few seconds. The invisible ink will turn brown, revealing the message.