Make a bright beautiful LED art piece or sign
Step 1: Gather Materials
You will need:
- An engraver, dremel, or rotary tool
- A 1/8 inch thick 12 inch by 12 inch piece of acrylic (can be found on amazon for around $5)
- A saw
- A towel
- A piece of paper
- A pen or printer
- Soldering iron
- Tape measure
- Hot glue gun
Step 2: Create the Design
Draw or print a design onto a piece of paper and tape it to the back of the Acrylic
Step 3: Engrave
Use the Engraver or rotary tool to slowly trace along the lines from the paper. Go over an extra time to really make it pop.
Step 4: Clean
Use a rag to get rid of the excess and shine it up
Step 5: Test
Put a flash light on the edge of the acrylic and position it so the light is highlighted by the engraved lines
Step 6: The Frame
Let's start building the frame
Step 7: Measure and Cut
Take the sheet of wood and cut it into the shown sections
Step 8: Assemble
Wood glue all of the parts together and use a clamp to secure them. If necessary use a staple gun to hold the parts together. When the wooden frame is done insert the piece of acrylic carefully.
Step 9: Add LED's
Cut two lengths of wire. Solder the positive ends of the LED's to one wire and the negative sides to the other wire.Then use a hot glue gun to glue the LED's to the acrylic.
Step 10: Add Power
Insert 3v of power, to do this, I soldered two AA batteries to the positive and negative ends of the wire. anything around 3v will work. A switch would be useful but I couldn't find one. Now your done.