a moderate level of electronic knowledge will be required
soldering is required. this project is simply to complicated to be electrical taping wires together.
Here is some instructions
and Here is a dirt cheap iron.
if for some reason you still want to twist or tape your leads together then... well i just don't like you now.
please don't sell these as your own. (or if you do at least link my profile)
Step 1: Write a Circuit Plan
heres some i used:
a vibrator (motor with weight attached to it)
heres some ideas that i wanted to do but never got around to it
a digital keychain picture viewer. you could display a animated GIF of some sort of scanner display
a Tilt Switch or accelerometer. gravitationally activate components.
or you could just stick with a light box.
OR you could be a lazy bum and take my circuit plan (see below)
Step 2: Gather Materials
assorted pots (potentiometers) (around 3,000 ohms to 10,000 ohms) and switches (hopefully cool looking.)
about a 1' section of 1.5" PVC pipe (sch 40) (the handle)
aluminum/copper tape or sheet metal for the light box.
knobs for the pots
BUTTLOADS of hot glue (alot)
high power LEDs of assorted color
2" PVC end cap
2 AA battery holder
vibrator (no not that kind you pervs, see below) (optional)
spray paint of some kind (whatever color you want your handle to be)
shrink tubing or electrical tape
PVC cement. or MORE hot glue or just tape it shut with your aluminum/copper tape
drill (drill press would be best)
and array of drill bits (.5" is a must)
Soldering iron (most of these thing like with most movie props are optional, however if this is going to be electronic at all you NEED TO SOLDER!! its not as hard as it looks, if you can drive to a store and but these parts then you can SOLDER!)
hot glue gun (if its a cheapie 4 dollar one then this project will be its last. its going to be hard on it)
alligator clips to test connections (optional)
eye protection (again REQUIRED!!!!!!!)
hack saw or giant PVC cutter.
sharpie (or some sort of marker)
vice (not required, just helpful)
heat gun if you chose shrink tubing above
Step 3: Painting the Pipe
Step 4: Cutting the Pipe
Step 5: Drill Control Holes
Step 6: Insert Controls
if you have some sort of square switch like i did (see below) then you probably discovered this vexing little problem. drill bits work best when circular *OOPS*. well there is no fast way to do this, i just traced around the hole i want to cut and drilled LOTS of little holes and ground out the rest.
And now whip out your hot glue gun and glue everything in (unless its on of those switches with a nut you can tighten) go ahead and glue in your vibrator and/or buzzer.
hot glue your light cubes/cylinders on the end and/or sides (when gluing to sides you must first drill a small hole for the wires to come through)
Step 7: SOLDER!!!!!1!!!11!!!!!!!111!!!1!11!!!!one!!!!!2!!
Step 8: Close 'er Up!
Step 9: YOUR DONE!
or make a horribly cheesy internet movie with this prop. if you do please send me a link (it would be most amusing)
rate please? plz?