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Light Graffiti Cans from Shampoo Bottles

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These light graffiti cans give the feeling that you're spray painting with light.  Combine these with the free software at http://glowdoodle.com/ or http://mylightpainting.com/ and you've got a virtual 3D graffiti wall.  You can also use these with a long camera exposure in a dark room.

This version is very easy to build and requires few tools.  For building these with real spray paint cans, check out this tutorial:
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-8-Light-Spray-Graffiti/
 
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Step 1: Gather Parts

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Parts:
LED in color of choice
Shampoo Bottle
Any type of Wire (22 Gauge stranded works well, 2 colors preferred)
Battery holder for 2 AAA or AA
Momentary Pushbutton Switch (Normally Open, or N.O. on package)
Masking tape (not shown)

Tools:
Scissors
Wirecutters (could get by with only scissors in a pinch)
Soldering iron & Solder (optional, can use tape, but recommended)
Drill and/or hand reamer
Hot glue gun & glue

Step 2: Add the Switch to the Cap

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Drill a hole in the cap next to the spout.  Add the switch.  There is a nut that should hold it in place.

Step 3: Wire the Switch

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Solder one short wire and one long wire to the switch.  The long wire should be longer than the shampoo bottle.  I chose dark green wire to represent ground because it is close to black.

Step 4: Add the LED to the Cap

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Bend the LED leads at 90 degrees to face forward.  Connect the negative side of the LED to the switch with via the short piece of wire from Step 3.  Be mindful to keep all of your wiring inside the bottle.

On the other LED lead, connect your positive wire (in my case this was red).  This should be long enough to come out the bottom of the bottle.

Use hot glue to hold the LED in place.

Step 5: Attach the Battery Pack

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Connect the battery pack to the long ground and positive wires you've got going through the bottle.  In these pictures, dark green is negative (or ground) and white or red represents positive.

Tape will hold the battery pack steady inside the bottle.


These work also great with the free software for webcam at www.mylightpainting.com. Thanks for the nice tutorial.

dreamexplorer (author)  akustikbasti3 years ago
Thanks for the link! It looks like the "day mode" and "fade on/off" options will be very useful.
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