Introduction: L.E.D. Pendant

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In this instructible I will show you how to make a "crystal" pendant that glows three different colors.
This is a great idea for a costume.
If you have any ideas or suggestions im happy to hear them.

Step 1: Step 1: the Supplies

What you will need for this project is:

1"x1"x4" piece of plexiglass
about 25-50' of wire (I used phone wire)
an LED from a cd player from a PC (must have three prongs on it)
an Altoids tin
two push button switches
three 'AA' batteries
piece of aluminum or any other metal

The tools needed:

a drill
a sander
a saw
a soldering iron
wire strippers
and always wear safety glasses when cutting anything!!

Step 2: The Wiring

Picture of The Wiring

This is a diagram for the wiring inside the Altoids tin.

To reduce the clutter of wire I braided it so it would be easier to work with and cover.
Heres a link to show how to braid.

Step 3: The "Crystal"

Picture of The "Crystal"

The crystal is made by cutting a piece of 1" plexiglass into a piece that measures 1" wide by 1" tall by 4" long.

Then take a sander (I used a belt sander) and grind the edges down to make it look like this:

Then drill a hole about an inch into the top in the center for the LED.

Step 4: The Finished Pics

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This is the final look of the "crystal" pendant.

Comments

Dzwiedziu (author)2009-03-19

I'ts a very good-looking idea but, aside from the color changing diode, the altoids/AA PSU is waaaaaaay to big. With button-batteries you should fit everything into the cover.

berky93 (author)2009-03-17

I've heard of smaller versions of this being made by actually grinding down the sides of the LED instead of a cover for it. but you have to be careful not to grind down too much and damage the parts that matter.

FireDragon (author)berky932009-03-17

i've seen that but there is no grinding of the LED which makes it last longer

pitty (author)2009-03-17

Hi Great Idea look really cool. Have you ever thought of using a led that automatically changes color like this one. http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=ZD0246&CATID=33&form=CAT&SUBCATID=635

FireDragon (author)pitty2009-03-17

never thought of that thanks!

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