You might remember my first set of lights that I put on my dad's skates. Well those weren't bright enough and they were a lot of work because I didn't know how to make PCBs. In this i'ble I'll cover how to make your own custom PCBs in under an hour! Keep in mind, if you've never made a PCB before it isn't hard at all! This would be a good beginner project to get started with making PCBs. All it takes is a trip to an office supply store and to a radioshack! See, I never got around to making PCBs because I didn't want to have to go to the store and buy etchant and stuff, you know what I mean. Eventually I just made myself do it and it was the best electronic skill I learned for a while! So quite being lazy and go get some PCB material!

Below is the link to my first RGB skate-shoe lights, which doesn't require making a PCB.


I hope you enjoy this i'ble and please cast it a vote!

Step 1: Ingredients:


  • Arduino
  • ATtiny2313 or similar IC
  • 20 DIP IC socket
  • Breadboard
  • Jumper Wires
  • 4x AAA battery holder
  • 4x 2N222A NPN transistors
  • 4x 1kΩ resistors
  • 4x 100-150Ω resistors
  • 5x red LEDs
  • 5x green LEDs
  • 5x blue LEDs
  • 5x yellow (or white) LEDs
  • Heat Shrink
  • Non-conductive material, such as cork board.

Materials for Etching:

  • Copper Clad
  • Etchent
  • Iron
  • Laser Printer
  • Photo Paper (the same shiny paper you would get your pictures on from a pharmacy)
  • Paper towels
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Rag
  • Plastic Tray
  • Steel wool soap cleaning pad


  • Dremel or Drill (Dremels work better because they are much lighter and have way higher RPMs)
  • 1/32 bit for Dremel or drill
  • Soldering Gun
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Electrical Tape
<p>awesome . i like it :)</p>
<p>Very cool!</p>
<p>Great job! Love the super-bright skate lights!!! </p><p>Just heard that Radio Shack is closing lots of stores. :(</p>
<p>I voted. :)</p>

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Bio: ¿Qué tal? I'm 16 and enjoy learning about electronics. I am self-taught. I love programming my Arduino and soldering circuits. My newest hobby is ... More »
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