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This is an instructable on how to make a LED Handie. I call this a LED Handie because you can hold it in your hand without much effort and it's handy. You can use the Handie for anything that you want...A little decoration, a nifty little toy, something to spook your friends by hiding it in their shoe, stuff like that. This instructable doesn't cost much... You just need a LED pen (certain type...look at next step), paper clip, and some silly putty...
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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All you need is:

1. A LED pen--find these at fundraisers, dollar store (i think), and online. Buy LED pen HERE

2. Large paper clip

3. Some silly putty or something sticky like that.

Step 2: Start Taking Apart the Pen

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Pull off the front section (the pen part) of the pen. Pull hard it will slide out easily.

Unscrew the back section of the pen (see picture #1).

Now you are left with this... (see picture #2).

Now slowly pull out the black capsule with the LED light in it (see picture #3).

GO ONTO NEXT STEP

Step 3: Making the Handie

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All you need is the LED part (see picture #1), a paperclip, and some silly putty or something sticky like that.


Assembly--part 1

Get out a large paper clip and cut it like in picture #2.
Once you have cut the paper clip, you want the biggest part of it.

Once you have done that get a piece of silly putty or something like that and stick the biggest cut off piece of paperclip into it (look at picture #3).

Take the silly putty-paper clip thingy and push it into the spring...the cut off part of the paper clip should be able to stay in the spring without you having to hold it up (look at picture #4).

Now push the paper clip a little bit more up the spring and stretch the spring a little bit farther down the paper clip. The LED light will light up and then it will be stuck so that your free to wave around the LED light without having to keep on pressing the paper clip against the battery to keep it lit.
(see pictures #5 & 6)

Step 4: Have Fun!

Now you are done!

Uses for Handie:

Put it in someone's shoe and see the look on their faces when they see that their shoe is glowing blue.

Use it as a mini flashlight.

Stick it on the wall with the silly putty on the end.

Think of more things to do with it... It's handie!

HAVE FUN!
Nice Instructable!
:-). ya as stated below, use a resistor in ANY rig with LEDs cause it will make them last!
What the heck is a resistor? How do they work? Where can I buy one...I'm about to go to ACE hardware or Radio Shack for more LEDs so please tell me what they are!
Resistors drop the voltage down and limit how much current can go through.
Radio Shack's website has them, just ask someone at the store to see if they have them available in the store.

PS: I suggest that you figure out what size you need first. Here's a calculator to help you out.
Oh and I tried to put a resistor on but the LED battery holder is in the way of the LED light..
thanks!
DonQuijote7 years ago
German people call 'Handy' a mobile phone..... odd, but i like it...
Cool instructable, but you should add in a resistor to prevent the LED from burning out quickly.