What can you eat that wiggles, jiggles, and glows? Why, LED Jigglies of course! In this Instructable, I will show you a very simple way to make an exallent party treat. This Instructable could be the base of many awesome ideas, this is just what I have done with limited LED knowledge (I only know how to make LED Throwies).
Warning, though LEDs in Jello looks tasty, remember that LEDs are, in fact, NOT edible. I am not responsible for anyone thinking otherwise. If you must see how cool these look in a dark place, I do not recommend bringing them into a windowless bathroom before serving to guests.
Step 1: Materials
Here's what you need:
- Jello Duh.
- Jello mold.
- LED batteries.
- PAM (optional).
- Plastic ziplock bags.
Step 2: The Jello Recipe
This will vary with different Jello packets. The recipe on the back of the box is your friend. Obey or face horrible failure. You will be making Jigglers, not the speed or regular recipe. These next few steps will cover for the 1/8 package.
Step 3: Preperation
This is optional, you can spray PAM into the mold(s) for easier extraction. Dipping the mold into hot water and following the edges with a knife worked just fine for me. Friends don't let friends spray PAM on their Jello, it's just not natural.
Step 4: Heat and pour the water.
Follow the instructions on the back of your box for Jigglers. Boiled water is the best, but I used water from the instant hot tab. 2-1/2 cups was not enough for my grand plan, so plan B insued.
Step 5: Makin' Jello
Mix in X amounts of Jello packages and stir untill completely desolved. Pour the Jello into your mold(s) and refrigerate for X amount of time. For the 1/8 package, this was two packages and three hours.
Step 6: Preping the LED
Now we need to make and Jello proof the LEDs. You are essentially making an LED throwie, minus the magnet. Once you have taped the LED to the battery, cut off a corner of your plastic bag. Place the LED into this corner, so that the actual LED bulb fits snugly into the sealed corner. (See pictures). Then twist it off, tape it shut, snip off any excess and fold it onto the battery.
If you are making multiple Jigglies, it would be far more efficient to wrap them in some plastic wrap (Saran Wrap etc.). (Thanks to Patrik for that advice.)
Step 7: LED Jigglie Time!
After the Jello has firmed a bit, slide in the LED. I waited a bit too long, so the "fractures" didn't have time to "heal". This still creates a cool effect with the fractures in it, though.You can do this any way you want to, depending on the mold. Because of the size of mine, I slid the LED in sideways, towards the center. Place the mold with the LEDs back into the fridge until the desired firmness is reached. Remove the Jello from the mold, and you're done. If you didn't use PAM, dip the mold into a pan of warm water or run a knife along the edges.
You now have a cool looking, edible, party centerpiece. Just be sure everyone knows that LEDs and batteries are not edible.
There are many possibilities for this, feel free to post any you come up with. You can use RBG or blinking LEDs, etc.
Your view is much appreciated, and I hope you are inspired by this Instructable.