Hack a cheap usb toy into a Color-Changing Crystal Clock!

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I saw this cool “Dream Cheeky Webmail Notifier” gadget online and knew I had to hack it . Most places sell it for $15, but I happened to find this one on ebay for $6. It's powered by usb; a clever bit of circuitry lights up a smart-led in the device when you get an email. It even has a wide range of colors to choose from.

I didn't need a webmail notifier though, so I decided to turn it into a really unique clock. I also wanted to improve the aesthetics, so I bought a hollowed out quartz crystal (the kind used to make novelty lamps) on clearance at my local mall for $6. I’ve used these kind of crystals before to make led lamps, so I know how cool they look when they're lit up. You could use something else though, like say an antique lantern, if you can't find a crystal. The sky's the limit really.

I've made two of these clocks now, one for home and on for my desk at work. I used a bandsaw to make a base for one of the clocks out of a piece of purpleheart, but that's not necessary. It looks great just on it's own.

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Step 1: Materials

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You don't need much for this project. Just the Webmail Notifier, a hollow crystal (or bottle, or lantern, or mason jar, ect.), and a small piece of heavy gauge wire. 

Step 2: Building the Clock

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First, unscrew the back of the Webmail Notifier.

Then unscrew the circuit board from the plastic back. The usb cable runs through the back, so you will either have to break the back or cut the wire and re-solder it.

Finally, bend the wire into a friction holder for the circuit board. This will hold the circuit in the crystal. Just run the wire through one of the screw holes in the circuit board and shove it into the crystal. Be careful though, the circuit board is delicate and will break if you're not careful.