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Hi All,

This is my second instructable: Arduino chandelier from mini jars. My first one was my : Cuckoo Alarm Clock from Hard Drive.

I wanted to give my room some special design, with mooth lighting so when I had the option to use RGB leds and a Arduino board I decided I needed my own making a chandelier.

Step 1: Intro: Gallery

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Before we get started we are going to need a little bit of motivation, take a look at these pictures and realize what you will be making.

This project very tedious and time consuming. Any time that you get frustrated while making this project, take a deep breath, come back to this step, take a look at the pictures and remember what you are working towards!

Step 2: Materials List


Here is what you need to make your chandelier:



  • Acrylic sheet
  • Spray paint
  • Copper wire
  • Insulation Sleeving
  • Mini jars (50 pcs)


  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Hot glue and it's gun
  • Super glue
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • ...
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Thanks :) , i have a little problem when i try to download the eagle file this site show's up ??!!

when i click on the file :( ?

Thanks in advance

funelab (author) month ago

Just Right-click in the download link and click "Save link as" line ==> Have fun! month ago

i was asking where did you used the Octal Bus Transceiver 74hc245d SMD

and what does SMD means ?? :)

Thanks in advance.

funelab (author) month ago

"Surface-mount technology (SMT) is a method for producing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted or placed directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards(PCBs). An electronic device so made is called a surface-mount device (SMD). In the industry it has largely replaced the through-hole technology construction method of fitting components with wire leads into holes in the circuit board. Both technologies can be used on the same board for components not suited to surface mounting such as large transformers and heat-sinked power semiconductors." from Wikipedia.

It's just the package of chip, sorry for late reply.

Thanks no problem :) , i have a little problem when i try to download the eagle file this site show's up ??!!

mconde42 months ago
So leaving the copper wires exposed is safe? they won't like over heat or corrode? idk I'm just wondering Bc they look so thin. lol
funelab (author)  mconde41 month ago

Copper wire coated with a very thin layer of insulation, low-voltage (5V) & low-current (15mA) is very safe. The copper wires break easily if there is a strong force.

sboasso3 months ago

great project... one thing: the copper whire is coated true? where i can get a spool like yours?

Also looking into doing this awesome Instructable! Any idea on the thickness of the wire? Also, you could use different coloured copper wire:

funelab (author)  sboasso3 months ago

Yes, copper wire coated with a very thin layer of insulation. It is used in the construction of transformers, inductors, motors,... You can search on Ebay with "Magnet wire".

LupaWulfe982 months ago

Approximately how long did this take you to make??

funelab (author)  LupaWulfe982 months ago

About a week to design and assemble it.

Was this working continuously or just a few hours a day?
funelab (author)  LupaWulfe982 months ago

Hey, just make it when you have free time, about 3 to 5 hours a day. This requires patience and your skills, make it and then you will see your time is worthy!

ghervoix2 months ago

Wow I love it ! Very very nice job !

funelab (author)  ghervoix2 months ago


tominjose2 months ago

Where did you got those rgb led?

funelab (author)  tominjose2 months ago

Just search on Ebay with "RGB Tri-Color LED", you should order 50-100pcs to get the cheapest.

tominjose funelab2 months ago

Ok thanks

LoopyMind3 months ago

Did you order those mini jars somewhere? Or are they store bought?

funelab (author)  LoopyMind3 months ago

I just bought these jars from my friend's small shop. And this shop isn't online. Thanks!

Moonlight12123 months ago

What used SMD resistance? 121 and 100 ??

funelab (author)  Moonlight12123 months ago

It is SMD resistor 0805 size.

What is ...

R SMD resistor = Ω?

G SMD resistor = Ω?

B SMD resistor = Ω?

funelab (author)  Moonlight12123 months ago

For 5V power: Red LEDs use 120 Ohm or 150 Ohm resistors, Blue & Green LEDs use 100 Ohm resistors.

Thank you! anyway... I want to know Led grouping.

teach me, plz...

Led grouping.jpg
sabu.dawdy3 months ago

congrats and WOW

funelab (author)  sabu.dawdy3 months ago

Thank you!

first up I think this entry should be disqualified. why are they accepting such complicated and magical creations!! haha. just kidding bro. this is some awesome work. led magic is totally out of my park so I can only gawk at this. much deserved win. if I ever attempt this I will demand for international recognition and a state holiday. :)
funelab (author)  hardlydavidson3 months ago

Haha, thank you! you are so funny, just make the awesome projects and post it on Instructables, ỵou will get international recognition and a state holiday. :)) Have a so much fun summer!

shazni3 months ago

Congrats! I just knew you would win :-)

Please may I know where you got the small jars from? I would like to add this to my 'TO DO' List :-)

funelab (author)  shazni3 months ago

I just bought these jars from my friend's small shop. Also, congratulations you have won contest!

sunshiine3 months ago

This is beautiful! My kind of light! Thanks for sharing your hard work it has been noticed! Have a splendorous summer and enjoy those lovely lights, I have that for sure.


funelab (author)  sunshiine3 months ago

Thank you sunshiine! You too!

Akin Yildiz3 months ago

I respect your insane patience and explosive creativity, this is just incredible sir...

funelab (author)  Akin Yildiz3 months ago

Thank you very much! Have a nice summer!

phamandp3 months ago

so amazing!

funelab (author)  phamandp3 months ago


Nighter3D3 months ago

Ok. may i ask your opinion on this little matter:

"The 74HC595 is being overdriven":

The 74HC595 IC rated to be able to source/drain a maximum of 70/-70ma in total. Yet people use it as a led-driver for many Leds that go over this rating quite a bit. this has gotten people to either say the IC can handle it or that it is to get fried soon.

I got this theory that the Rating isn't really specific enough in regard to the actual power. That because of the voltage drop caused by the load (Leds+resistors) the actual current the IC can drain can in-fact exceed the rating as it is a current at a lower voltage (thus a lower power in Watt).

What do you think? its a thing that has been on my mind since Ive started designing a Numitron clock that uses these registers as cathode driver.

funelab (author)  Nighter3D3 months ago

74HC595 and resistors and LEDs are wired serial, so the current through each LEDs equal to the current through each pins of 74HC595, 10mA-20mA max. Also, I use PWM method to control the LEDs, means that not all the LEDs turn on at the same time, 74HC595 still so full of electric current for LEDs. Thanks!

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