Be sure to take a look at the Albus Dumbledore Elder Wand I entered in the "Make It Glow" contest... http://www.instructables.com/id/Professor-Dumbledores-Incredible-Illuminating-L/
I have two sons, 21 and 9 - yep, a bit of an age gap, but one of the few things they have in common is the love of Harry Potter (...and Star Wars, me included)...and of course now I am hooked on this wand making thing too...so I will be making many more I am sure. Thanks for the sickness "Kaptin"! lol
So let's get down to this "Making it Glow" challange with a illuminating Harry Potter inspired wand. This was not difficult and there really is no way to mess up if you take your time. Now it does involve soldering, but I am a complete novice at soldering and still pulled this off. So do not cut yourself short, give it a try!! Hey I am new to this stuff too, no excuses! You can exclude the LED/battery pack section and still make an awesome wand.
- 2 or 3 sheets of heavy drawing paper ( a lighter weight will still work)
- White glue
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Acrylic Paints and brushes AND a few damp paper towels
- LED ear piece night-light (I got mine from Harbor Freight for a buck or something close)
- extra length of wire
- Soldering gun with flux core solder wire
Step 1: Making the LED assembly
Now let's get most of the soldering outta' the way. For me this was kinda easy, I did NOT have to make a switch or battery holder...it was already made. I bought that green LED ear piece you see lit in the pictures at Harbor Freight for a couple bucks. If you can find something like this or similar then you are golden.
You'll want to take that "i-sight" LED ear piece and seperate the LED from the battery pack. I just took a pair of pliers and gently pried the LED from the battery pack....careful, don't break the wires, they don't have much slack. now snip the from each other as shown in the photo.
You will be left with the LED and the battery pack with red and white wires like shown in the picture. I clipped that in half so I could extend it the wand's length. You'll wanna' strip a bit of the plastic tubing off the wires to expose them for soldering...
SOLDER the battery pack FIRST! Do not attach the LED yet, set it aside for later. Soldering is DONE for now. Moving on...