Picture of LED Throwie - Instant Messanger Tube
You've got something to say, and you want to stick it on metal and let it be seen with an LED glow. Well, your in luck. Today I'm going to show you how to make LED Throwie - Instant Messenger Tubes to get your message spread in the physical world.

see the LED Throwie - Instant Messanger Tube in action at http://abehman.com

Now, I can t take all the credit here

The LED Throwie

"Led Throwies (An LED throwie is a small LED attached to a coin battery and a rare earth magnet , used for the purpose of creating non-destructive graffiti and light displays.) were devised by James Powderly and Evan Roth working together at the Graffiti Research Lab during a fellowship at Eyebeam OpenLab in 2006. The technology, like everything from the OpenLab, is open source and in the public domain. LED Throwies were designed as a new kind of graffiti art to be used on ferromagnetic surfaces like steel. Part of GRL's original campaign involved distributing throwies to a group of people, who were then encouraged to throw them onto a metal sculpture called Alamo, located at Astor Place, Manhattan, New York City."

Step 1: What you need!

Picture of What you need!
Here's what your going to need
  • 10mm Super Bright LED (preferably diffused)
  • CR2032 3V Lithium Batteries
  • Rare Earth Magnet
  • Tape
  • Transparency Film
  • 8.5 x 11 Paper (with your message)
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codongolev6 years ago
I don't really like the message on there..... but as an important enlightenment leader said, "I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!" 20 points to whoever can guess who said it.
Zapp Branagan
actually, my history teacher said it.
Zapp Branagan is your History Teacher
well then zapp branagan's history teacher is peter griffin.
I was going to say something here but I won't. Everyone to his own.
2008. so long ago... I now know that posting about politics on the internet is like putting your arm into a starving lion's cage after covering it in meat and doing gazelle calls.... someone may come take your arm for it if you're not careful.
Frag codongolev5 years ago
I believe you did. Who else would be posting from your profile. Duh.
codongolev Frag5 years ago
technically, I typed it. win.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall ackshully said it first~ I win !
That quote is often misattributed to Voltair. If it's him you were referring to, I'm right and I get 20 points. If I'm wrong, please enlighten me to who you were quoting.
yes, it is Voltaire. and why do you say missattributed? I I'm ill informed, I'd like to know.
I thought it was Voltair too, but then I saw this:
lskidmore4 years ago
its tempting to make a response....with Bush or McCain...........
lskidmore4 years ago
Yea that sounds like a simpler/cheaper way
cjrush10095 years ago
does it HAVE to say OBAMA?!?
at least it doesnt say "OSAMA"
How about "GW BUSH" wouldn't that be just as ridiculous?
cyrozap6 years ago
Try not to make an Instructable with political stuff in it. You have every right to do so, but some people will criticize you for it. I am not criticizing you, but there are some people who will not like you for your political beliefs. They are called "radicals," and both major U.S. political parties have them. Sorry for the gloomy comment. Otherwise, cool Instructable! :)
m3harri cyrozap6 years ago
I agree look how much effort is being put into politics instead of this cool and nifty idea.
ilpug m3harri4 years ago
cool AND nifty? two for one :P
LOL, they are called "patriots" because they know what is really going on behind this steel curtain knows as US politics. :P
oh come on unless you ARE behind the "steel curtain" no ne really know what is "going on " politics are an unwinnable war! happiness nd long life to all those laidback!! cheers!
... radicals kill people for political/religious reasons criticism is human...
So Jesus killed people? Last I checked, he was pretty radical...
win :)
Um, LED Throwies are a form of graffiti which has stemmed many different forms of street art that deal with political views. In fact graffiti itself is now used to spread political messages. That's like saying I made and instructable about Wheatpasting and people don't expect me to put some kind of propaganda in the instructable.
adambehman (author)  cyrozap6 years ago
Got it... Thanks... I know, I think a debate was on and I was looking at the LED throwing GRL post at the same time. Thanks :)
sdudley5 years ago
I like this instrucable too...

Can we "throwie" him out of office? 
sdudley sdudley5 years ago
Correction... "instructable".
em.one5 years ago
hey great work, how long does the batterie last?

dobbylvr6 years ago
I love this! great work... yay for obama!
cyrozap6 years ago
Just had a brain-blast. Tape is handy but will eventually fall off. Instead of taping the leads of the LED to the battery, you could use a "conductive when cured" epoxy. You can find some on ebay. 20 points to whoever can guess where "brain-blast" is from.

(I feel like a failure for even knowing that.)

(and sorry for shouting.)
Haha nice
+20 points to you
Ladilola6 years ago
Maybe instead of a sheet of plastic one could recycle a plastic bottle?
nollij Ladilola6 years ago
That sounds like a much cheaper way! Just cut the ends off a plastic bottle... of course, it needs to be one that has a paper or plastic wrapper on the outside that can be removed, otherwise your message will be obfuscated by the printing on the bottle.
actualy, why cut the ends off... just need one end to feed the message into... and depending on the size of the battery, it may fit into the smaller hole on the side. Perhaps just glue the magnet to the outside instead... I like this idea... just make sure you rinse out the bottle, and wait for it to dry... nobody likes a wet message!
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