Introduction: LaserGloves!

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Hi there!

If you're reading this, you should know that this is my first instruction ever on this site :)

In this tutorial I will show you my somewhat new lasergloves, made 3 hours before this was written.
Perfect for the party or just showing off your friends.
It's shake-able, meaning you can wave your hands in the air like crazy, and they won't come apart. (!)
Haven't found anything like this on the web, or on instructables, so finally i'm first with something :P

Update: A movie with it in action!

Step 1: What You Will Need . . .

Picture of What You Will Need . . .

First off all, you will be needing a pair of gloves.
They should not fit too tight, nor too loose, just that perfect.
Gloves of choice is up to you, but i will be using a pair of simple black gloves you can find in almost any clothingstore.

Then you will be needing :

1. LaserModules. 10 of them, bought on ebay for 14$.
Mines are 5mW, and 6mm in diam. One for each finger.
They are also adjustable in the focus, so test them out before permanently attaching them to the gloves.

2. Resistors (85 ohm) You will be needing 2 for both hands.
3. Batterypack 9Volts. You can use a pair of 1,5V's batteries to get 3 volts out. But i will be showing it in 9V. (also 2 of them)
4. Some Stretchy fabric that's fairly strong and won't break or bust when exposed to heat or if stuck on something.
5. Cables, cables, and cables :)
6. Shrinktube.
7. Hot glue.
And loads of tools.. like a scissor and a heat-gun or lighter ( Be very careful with this stuff )

Time and Patience is also recommended!

Step 2: The Wiring.

Picture of The Wiring.

First off in the making you will be needing to test so that your lasers work, getting your wires hooked up before installing them in the gloves will give you a sence of how it will end up like.
Also making sure the focus is perfect.

Don't bother doing nice soldering on this step (or skip it completely)

How i've wired is very simple:

I've got a 9V battery.
Each Laser needs 3V, (3.2 actually, but driving at 3V works fine)
Hook 3 up in a row to get 9V for three of your fingers.
Then 2 in a row with the 85ohm resistor to get the 2 remaining fingers working without burning the modules.

Remember to have fairly long wires for this, because when you pull off the gloves, it will stretch.

On the batterypack there's a handy switch for on/off function, so if yours don't have it, you will have to add it somewhere.

Step 3: Making Rings for the Modules.

Picture of Making Rings for the Modules.

Now we need to have a base for the lasermodules to sit on.
We can't glue straight to the gloves since it won't give a solid base for them to operate from.
So grab your stretchy fabric and make yourself a ring for each finger.

Use a scissor to cut each of them, otherwise you'll end up like me.

Here's a tricky part.
If your gloves are like mine, you can measure right round them, cut and make a ring with the hot glue.
If you measure straight on your fingers, you need to leave a bit of space so you won't stop the blood from flowing into your fingers later on.

When you have your pieces cut.
Burn the edges of the fabric so they won't mess up later. Be very careful when using open flames! Always have something to extinguish a possible fire when doing this. !

Step 4: Making Rings!

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Whip out your trusty gun, and squat some drooling sticky goo on your rings to make them stick together.

Doublecheck so they fit over the glove(s) without stopping the blood.
If they do, throw away and try again.
I had to do this twice, and it's very hard to get that certain spot where it's holding onto the fingers without stopping bloodflow.

Stack them up nicely and check again.

Fits like a glove :^)

Step 5: Putting Ring on the Finger.

Picture of Putting Ring on the Finger.

Now here's one of the more painstakingly longer parts.

Now you have to glue the rings onto the glove without gluing the glove together. if you do that. Throw away and buy new gloves. (!)

A handy trick is to put the ring on first, without having the hand in.
Then put some hot glue on the inside of the ring.
And insert a Soldering-vaccum-sucker-thing-ish. . This works perfect for me atleast, since it's almost my size exactly.
This way the glue won't stick through the fingers and glue them together, and you won't burn your fingers badly.
When inserted in the finger, rotate it back and forward so it won't stick to the soldering-sucker.

Step 6: Attaching the Modules.

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Now when that burning part is over, another crucial part is here.

Now you attach the modules to the base-rings in the center of the ring, and make sure it's pointing straight forward. or atleast where your fingers are pointing.
Make sure that you don't get any hot glue in front of the lens, or it will mess up the beam when it's on.

Rince and repeat 10 times.

Step 7: Housing.

Picture of Housing.

There we go, 10 modules in place all good to go for the next step.

Now we have to make covers for the modules, I used the same stretchy fabric for it as I used for the base.
It should go from about half of your finger over the top and down on the other half, doesn't have to go all the way round.

Don't be shy with the glue on this part, since if you use too little, it might break off easy and that won't be fun.

Rince and repeat 10 times on this part aswell!

Don't forget to burn the edges somewhat aswell, so they won't mess up.

Step 8: Connecting It All.

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We are almost there!

Now this is the part where you have to very careful.
You have to solder it together now while all modules and cables are attached to the glove.

Have an extinguisher close if needed.

Put on the shrinktubes before you start soldering, because you can't put it on afterwards!
Don't forget the resistor on the 2-module connection. Gray-red-Black. Is the code for 85 ohms.

Put shrinktubes on every solder since you want to protect it all you can!

Step 9: Attaching the Batterypack.

Picture of Attaching the Batterypack.

Now you are almost done!

Now we just have to attach the batterypack on the gloves so they won't swing around the place while you go ape-s%"#.

Make another handy ring but this time for your wrist.
This can be hard to do singlehanded, (i managed) so ask someone for help if you can't do it yourself.

Glue it like you did with the rings, except don't glue the top since the batterypack sticks below there, and you want to be able to switch batteries when it's empty.


Enjoy, and party hard!


chocolatefrog made it! (author)2017-10-04

Great fun to make, now been stolen by my friends little girl. Thanks for the post, CF

bryton.cook.9 (author)2014-09-02

dufva, hey im not very good at making this sorta stuff so i was just wondering if maybe u would sell me one and mail it to me?

gianni leake (author)2014-04-16

Dufva i get very confused with resistors, you used 85 ohm resistors but i cannot find and on ebay, could you help me out please?:)) i love your instructable by the way:D it gave me many ideas:D

Dufva (author)gianni leake2014-04-23

Certainly i can help you!

If you don't find any 85Ohm resistor, you can use one that is close to it. e.g. 92, but it will not be "as bright" if it had been a 85 ohm's
There's one for 85 ohm :)

JPEZIE2004 (author)2014-04-09

When u said cables,cables, and cables did u mean 3 cables.

JPEZIE2004 (author)2014-04-09

Have u made any other inventions other than these gloves.

JPEZIE2004 (author)2014-03-07

Um dufva I'm 9 yrs old so please no harsh language .
If you can, can you tell me what the supplies are I don't know what those are pics of

Dufva (author)JPEZIE20042014-03-08

The supplies are made in a list from 1 to 7.

If you don't understand what everything is, maybe someone older than you (parents maybe) Can help you out!

zkus (author)2013-02-26

I made a 3d printable laser ring inspired by this:

Dufva (author)zkus2013-02-28

Neat :D

Carlos Marmo (author)2013-01-26

Very Nice!

Dufva (author)Carlos Marmo2013-01-31

Thanks! :D

sidesw (author)2013-01-30

can you post a link for the supplies

Dufva (author)sidesw2013-01-31

Sure i can =)
But the only thing i bought online is the Lasermodules:

The other things you can find in stores near you I believe.

karnold70 (author)2013-01-25

great idea, using the solder-sucker for the fingers; so how about using a soup can for the wrist?

Dufva (author)karnold702013-01-25

Not a bad idea :-)
I think any can would do, but max size would be soda-can I think.

giocad (author)2013-01-24

very nice... I like your project. I'm enjoy

Dufva (author)giocad2013-01-24

I'm glad you enjoy them :)

zkus (author)2013-01-24

Do you have a video? I would love to see it in action

Dufva (author)zkus2013-01-24

I do have two videos actually, but haven't uploaded them yet, will do it later today !

darrennie (author)2013-01-24

Oh Man that is so cool. Very, very nice first ible. I can hardly wait for your second.
Now if you will excuse me I must go buy some lasers. 8D

Dufva (author)darrennie2013-01-24

Thanks :^)! .. Get plenty! :D

chardwick (author)2013-01-24

Very very cool! I might use adhesive-backed velcro in place of some of the hot glue. That is if I ever get a chance to do this 'ible! ... too many favorited already :(

shadowyblade (author)chardwick2013-01-24

Yeah. I have about 120 favorited instructables. Same here. And I have a pretty busy life anyway.

Dufva (author)chardwick2013-01-24

Thanks :D
That should work aswell, but i really love my hot glue >:)
Haha, you will get to them some day!

tn. (author)2013-01-24

holy yikes, this is great! a fancy techie-type instructable i can actually see myself accomplishing!

i have two cats and a border collie mix plus i walk a lot at night (i live in canada - if you're in sweden, you know what that means: 6.2 minutes of sunlight!) so these gloves would not only be great for entertainment but also for safety - i have a head lamp that i use but it puts a glare across my glasses so i have a choice: i can walk blinded by dark and get hit by cars who can't see me in time or i can walk blinded by light and get hit by cars i walk in front of bec i didn't see them.

with these gloves, my hands would be warm; drivers would see me; and my dog would get a LOT more exercise on our walks!

Dufva (author)tn.2013-01-24

Haha, i'm glad you found it!
And yea I understand EXACTLY what you mean, those 6,2 minutes is rare during winter :-)
I have 3 cats and a dog, and they sure don't give those red dots a break!
The lasergloves is "legal" here in sweden, since it's 5mw per module, and anything stronger is not allowed outside your house.
So i think it could be a great idea, just dont point at any cars driving past :)

onemoroni1 (author)2013-01-24

Very cool and simple idea. I like the simple series circuit and to save on resisters I think if I were to do this I would just add a sixth light to each hand. Gives me ideas for Halloween.

Dufva (author)onemoroni12013-01-24

I tried to make it simple, but still to add in some electrical fun with it :)
Freddy costume with laser-knifes? :D

bsumner1 (author)2013-01-24

I like the idea of this and have a few thoughts
First is why have the laser on your thumb, you could do one on each finger and be able to use two 6v power sources (or one 12v but two 6v may be smaller and more concealed). Also this would eliminate the need for the resistor and any possible heat it would put out.
Second, what about a second set of larger gloves with the tips of the fingers cut off placed over the first. This would hide all the parts and you could even do some simple stitching to keep it all together.
Third, I have concerns about the longevity of the hot glue, at least for the securing of the modules to the first ring. Could some kind of stitching be done instead to secure them and be more durable.
Lastly, what would be your thoughts on cleaning? I am doubting that the modules could handle getting wet very well.
I think this has a lot of potential and could be fun in a cosplay costume or some other use like that. Just wonder if any of these ideas would help.

Dufva (author)bsumner12013-01-24

That is true, but I wanted one for each finger, including the thumb.
I could even use two 1,5V batteries to make 3V, then just hook one wire up for each laser.
But since i have .. 50(?) 9V-batteries laying here, i might aswell use them :D
When you say find a pair of bigger gloves is not a bad idea, I thought of it myself before, but couldn't find any bigger, it's like one-size. But i could maybe be able to strech another pair out sufficiently.
And i have no doubt with the hot glue, since It's covered in it. (I put under the whole piece i put over the module, and it really sticks)
Thoughts of cleaning,.. never had those, have no idea how to clean them ( :P )

And yes, it could be helluva fun in a cosplay costume >:)

(sorry for long reply)

buttfacemonkey18 (author)2013-01-21


Dufva (author)buttfacemonkey182013-01-23

Yea! :D

jo.mj (author)2013-01-21

Great work, keep it up : )

Dufva (author)jo.mj2013-01-21

Thanks :D

skmagiik (author)2013-01-21

One suggestion that I would like to make is using conductive thread instead of wiring. It would look a lot cleaner and be pretty cool!

Dufva (author)skmagiik2013-01-21

That is very true, but I don't have the slightest clue where to get any in Sweden..
And, since it's gloves that stretch pretty much, i thought it would break when taking them off.
I'm thinking of putting some sort of fabric over the wires so they are hidden. But that's for later :^)

batteriesnotincluded (author)2013-01-20

man that would drive my cat crazy lol
thanks for the ideal
good instructable by the way

Haha yea, I have 3 cats and a big german shepherd, so i know what you mean ;D

Thank you aswell :^)

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