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Illustrator help - creating a microphone mesh

Hi all, I'm a complete novice with Illustrator and have a microphone illustration that needs a mesh like top added for more realism (similar to the mic here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/sid=040418160342064135219082856146/g=live/s=mics/g=live/s=mics/search/bigpid/base_id/42113/

I've tried to make a mesh out of multiple groups of segments and tried using the "minus back" option in pathfinder but it kept telling me I had to select at least one filled path, so I created the mesh using the box tool and I got the same error.

Any ideas?
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weedCommented:
Gonna be a tricky mesh to create because no two wires are the same and they all overlap. I think i'd bypass trying to make it real, and stylize it. Is that a possibility?
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feign3Author Commented:
What do you mean by stylizing it?

By the way, I already have a 'mesh' created. I just took about 50 line segments spaced evenly, grouped them, duplicated them, turned the second group a bit and put it on top of the other creating sort of a basket weave. I know what you are saying about all the wires being different and it's ok if they are the same, it doesn't have to be exactly like the example..... in fact, I think that's what you may mean by stylizing.

Any idea how I can use that mesh I created an blend it with the head of the micrphone?
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weedCommented:
Ok, place the shape you want to crop to over your lines. Then select the lines AND the circle, and use the Divide pathfinder function.
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habibpcCommented:
make teh style you like with lines and what ever it looks better.. like a net... the size must be not so much smaller or biger than the mic. sellect the grouped object. press Ctrl +G. drag and drop it into the styles window.
(the mesh could be made in photoshop too - drag and drop works aswell)
create the mic head stye with pen tool and select it, drag and drop thestyle you made in your styles window to the shape (mic head)
select the shape and go to  filter | drop shadow. play whith the options.

I made it may self, this way takes 5 mins and looks the same az the microphon. illustrated mic!

allahdad.com is also made by adobe illusterator.

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