Introduction: Create an Awesome Shard Light

In this video Instructable I will be showing you how to build a really awesome shard light!

To create this shard light you'll need the following materials.

An LED light strip:

A piece of 12mm thick MDF
A 12x12 cm square of 1mm thick hardwood
A sheet of veneer
Two pieces of plexiglass
A 12v DC adapter,
two short pieces of wire,
and a decent length of thin two core wire (a cable from an old set of headphones is perfect for this).

You'll also need the following tools...
A fine toothed saw,
a fine knife,
a metal ruler, a pencil, and a right-angle ruler
a clamp,
some wood glue and a brush to apply it with, and also some silicon based glue though a glue gun will also be suitable.
You'll also need a soldering iron and solder,
Wire strippers and some scissors,
A drill with a small bit,
And lastly some finishing oil.


knex r awesome (author)2015-11-06

sounds cool, I hope I get to build it soon

alibrando.borboroni made it! (author)2015-03-30

i made too, but without cable! fantastic project! thanks

fiftikhar (author)2014-01-09

Can u please upload it on some other site? Unfortunately youtube is banned in Pakistan :(

shalow (author)fiftikhar2015-01-07

I know this is probably around 12 months too late, but if I was you I'd get my self a vpn, or use the tor browser. (the tor browser requires some fiddling to get flash working though), alternatively I believe tunnelbear have a free version with 500mb of data.

gattler (author)2015-01-07

wow! that is AWESOME!!!

fasterhorses (author)2014-12-21

Does anyone have a link to written instructions instead of a video?

customsj (author)2014-01-15

I've done something similar in the past and forgot about it until saw this! So made a new one for my girlfriend but etched my plexiglass and put 45 degree chamfers on the edges of the shards using a table router! Thanks for the right up! :)

Trooper555 (author)customsj2014-11-25

how did you etch it so nicely

bell an (author)customsj2014-07-11

this is beautiful

jmacangus (author)customsj2014-03-15

But the part about using the table router is a bit dodgy

jmacangus (author)customsj2014-03-15

Thats pretty sick

DIYPerks (author)customsj2014-03-13

That looks amazing!!

bcavaciuti (author)customsj2014-01-17

wow this is incredible very cool though i wouldnt want to trip and fall on that o.O

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-09

wicked cool and pretty

Trooper555 (author)2014-10-16

Yes and honestly it would prolly look cooler.

teamyoyo (author)2014-04-20

Here's my version. Unfortunately no one around me sells veneer in anything less than $100 3m2 sheets so I had to steal a part from some shelves. I did however get it to light up different colours using a 5050 strip which puts RGB on one diode. On front is a remote receiver. The receiver did work inside the base using the acrylic to bounce the remote signal inside but it only had about 50cm range. It looks really good fading through the colours at night.

DIYPerks (author)teamyoyo2014-04-21

Looks awesome, especially when lit up!

alter2000 (author)2014-03-16

Great idea! You could also try it with glass, or even quartz (clear or 'ghostly', not translucent), then it would be a proper crystal shard light.

zydromatrix (author)2014-02-16

Wow Amazing! simple yet so great..

Soulthief (author)2014-01-30

Great project with awesome results! This was one of the best Instructables I have seen yet!!!

patsheldon (author)2014-01-24

Ohh so pretttyyy! Thanks for sharing!

Cambenora (author)2014-01-20

Coll. This is reminiscent of the lighting used in "Stargate Atlantis"

Ryan Hebron (author)2014-01-18

cool, and nice job

bcavaciuti (author)2014-01-17

awesome wanna try this with a sword shape or maybe a broken dagger :D

JRPeyesatsne (author)2014-01-15

The futuristic style reminded me of Mass Effect.

evanjreds (author)2014-01-13

Beautiful light! And your voice.... it ranks up there with Morgan Freeman. Can you narrate my life?

nolan79 (author)2014-01-13

Great project
Ill give it a try
Also great details

chinmay.das (author)2014-01-12

Nice Project and very well Described... :)

Jake Maverick (author)2014-01-11

very, very nice....i have those lights and most of the bits already, so definately goign to make one....or two, or twelve....

some thoughts though.....does veneer stick to resin ok? thinking of mass production, make a mold of the base and cast them......i believe those lights also work with a 9 volt pp3 battery and as they're small strips should work i reckon.....just a question of how long the battery would last, anyboddy tried it?

and final thought.....flcikering LEDs, i'm wondering maybe those led strips around the edge of box rather than underneath...and flickering directly under...of course u cd make options via've given me lots of ideas as well now, and i'm already booked up for the enxt 12 years with things inside my head i want to thansk for that! ;-)

bennylee3883 (author)2014-01-10

Very nice. Love this project!

Housedog (author)2014-01-10

That's one of the best Instructables I've seen yet!

Very cool.

MKernan (author)2014-01-10

Really neat project! Thanks for sharing.

TheUnknownVariable (author)2014-01-10

Awesome that is so cool

Mihsin (author)2014-01-10

For my night lamp,I cut a splahing dulfin out of plexiglass and fixed it atop a light source.
I'll do yours aswell. Thanks

hpb (author)2014-01-09

Very nice! is there a reason you left the glue on the veneer to dry before sticking it to the MDF and then heating it with the iron? Wouldn't sticking it right away be useful and do away with the iron all together?

DIYPerks (author)hpb2014-01-10

You could glue it directly on I suppose, but ironing definitely gives a flatter finish because the veneer is squashed onto the surface. It also means that you don't have to find a way of keeping the veneer in place whilst it dries.

opalsno (author)2014-01-10

thank you for showing how to make a light shard, i hope to be able to make one myself now i have somewhere to start from.

joeman (author)2014-01-10

Agreed, Great 'How To'! Going to break out the Welder and attempt to make one of these out of Stainless and Copper!

glamourshootr (author)2014-01-09

Really nice "how to"

ootsae (author)2014-01-09

Very nicely done, I'll add a bit of color to mine.

Naween (author)2014-01-09

Will you get the same effect if you used a patterned piece of clear or colored glass such as those used in stained glass windows? I don't know if the composition of the plexi is what makes the edges glow or not.

DIYPerks (author)Naween2014-01-09

It depends. The edges of the plexiglass light up because the light can shine through it unimpeded. If you wanted to light up a few different pieces in a stained-glass style, the light probably wouldn't transfer to the next pieces that well.

What you could try though is either make sure that each coloured piece has at least one LED shining directly into it, or use a single piece of plexiglass and stick some coloured film on it to give it a stained-glass look. Make sure you cover the edges too, so that the light will shine out with the corresponding colours.

Pothuset (author)2014-01-09

Very inspiring

modfi (author)2014-01-09

It's awesome!!! Well Done.

Amydeee (author)2014-01-09

Awesome project!!! I love the look and can see a lot of possibilities. Even thinking of using stain glass which would be stunning.
thank you!

lordxellos (author)2014-01-09

Great instructable! thank you!

jlynn31 (author)2014-01-09

What is a MDF?

Pixelmonster (author)jlynn312014-01-09

DIYPerks (author)jlynn312014-01-09

MDF stands for medium-density fibreboard, and it's basically a 'fake' wood made by gluing wood particles together.

bhough (author)2014-01-09

Would the light shine through if you were to mount buttons through the glass. (Drill in hole in the glass and insert the switch through)?

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