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Internet High Five Lighted LED Brooch

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Talk to the hand.  Seems like a lot of people give the Internet High Five graphic as an enthusiastic response to something.  How do you do it in real life?  Well, how about a pin or button that is the Internet High Five hand and all you have to do is point to it and smile.  And while we are at it, make it backlit with an LED, 'caus that's what we do around here and a lot of people are germaphobes.

 
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Step 1: Get your stuff together...

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You will need:

An LED electronic candle (flickering tealights)

A plastic hand - IKEA Patrull safety bumper caps

Pin backing clasps - found in the jewelry findings/notions at the craft store

Hot glue gun to put it all together

Hacking tools like a utility knife, screwdriver, wire cutters

CAUTION: Know how to use your hot glue gun and handle hot glue only when cooled or you will burn yourself.

Step 2: Hack electronic candle

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I am using the electronic candle guts because it has all of the functionality I need to light up my plastic hand shape.

The battery, switch, and LED are all in one unit.  Bonus is that it flickers so it animates the light a bit.  Only drawback that it is a bit dim so it doesn't really light up the thick translucent plastic hand.  I guess you can switch out the LED for a brighter one.

Crack open the electronic candle by prying open the cover.  Insert a utility knife in the seam to crack open any glue.  This one is held together by a post and mating post on each side of the case.  It is snap-together construction so it is easy to pull apart.

I also pulled off the silicone "flame" diffuser.  You can use it if desired but I only wanted the small bare LED.
canucksgirl2 years ago
That's very cute! Looks like a Mickey Mouse High Five. ;)
caitlinsdad (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
This is a Mickey Low Five.
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He was too slow.
Or too low?
caitlinsdad (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
he missed the side to side with the Fn door
Why that doesn't have hundreds of thousands of views, I will never know.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kryptonite2 years ago
it is over 9000 though.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kryptonite2 years ago
facepalm
This day just got considerably better.
Kiteman2 years ago
If you want the hand to glow more, you could make a thinner one out of polymorph, or cut one from a sheet of transluscent plastic.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
True, but this is pret-a-porter hacking
Haha, I once got thrown out of McDonalds for that...
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
It was not a happy meal?
You know those straw tooters you can make? That really annoying noise they make?

Now imagine the sound if some kind person made them for every child in a busy burger joint...

omnibot Kiteman2 years ago
You rock!
Kiteman omnibot2 years ago
Thank you.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
So you invented the vuvuzela craze...dang football fans
super fun!
Hi Caitlin!
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