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I started with the plastic top from some blank CDs

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Divide the surface into quadrants. I used a lens hood that came with my lens to trace out the hole for the lens. Put about 10 LEDs per quadrant

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Drill out the holes and cut out the middle

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Paint it. Make sure you use a spray paint that works with a soft plastic

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LEDs in all the holes

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All the LEDs need to be soldered in parallel and not sequence. Working with a 9 volt battery i split the LEDs into groups of 3. Take the positive and negatives from all the groups and solder them togeather.

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Should look something like this

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Added a push button to turn it on/off

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Battery clip

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The hood from my lens is just epoxy'd into the center. Also added an inch of a chopstick with epoxy to the right side for stability when pressing the button

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The final product was a little too bright so i added a potentiometer to adjust brightness

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All done

Step 17: Test

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