This is my first instructible so bare with me. Also I apologize in advance for any spelling mistakes as I am dyslexic but I'll do the best I can.

I made this for a friend who's birthday is coming up and while I was at it made one for myself as well.

It's in the Elemental LED contest, so if you think it's good enough please vote!

Thanks to Whatpayne at deviant art for designing the Quantum label.

Step 1: Necessary Materials

1 Glass Coke bottle - (I used a 330ml one)
1 UV LED - (the higher the mcd the better)
1 47ohm resistor
3 1.5v Button cells - (I used LR1130)
2 Small neodymium magnets - (Mine were from a broken cd burner)
All purpose glue - (Super glue might work but I went with cheap stuff from Bostik)
Nuka-Cola Quantum Label - (Link in the next few steps)
Photo Paper
Tonic water
Blue food colouring

Soldering Iron & Solder
Sharp knife

Helping hands
Rubber Bands
Patience (Take your time, It'll turn out better than if you try to rush it)
<p>An alternate idea for the light.... No fuss or tools needed. I use party balloon bullet led lights on a lot of my projects. They come in colors, but also white. Just twist it to turn on and off. About $1.25 each. Like the project!</p>
this is my version of the cola. it looks like orangejuce, but it glows!
<p>That looks so awesome! Good job! ;)</p>
<p>I tried this with a red LED and it didn't work too well.</p><p>Did you use tonic water for this, or something else?</p>
<p>Wow, nice job!</p>
RAD I like this a ton <br>well done
Is it ok if i try and sell these to my friends? I will make sure they know i didnot design it or i could put a wacky alex sticker on base or somthing? Great instructable!
Sure! I would love a picture of the finished thing. The LED I used was a 5mm 2000mcd UV LED.
Oh yeah and what size led did you use so i can build a personal one?
This is great! Just wonder how a 15 year old can do this and a 68 year old can't even figure out what he's talking about. More power to you.
Thank you, I used Google extensively to find out what glows under what and why. Younger people have the advantage of finding technology easier to use as we've always had it.
I'm so going to make something similar to this for my brother :D <br>He loves fallout and so do I. <br>You, sir, are awesome.
Thanks looking forward to Fallout 4, aparrently its being set in Boston.
Oooh that sounds cool :O
All Fallout-based instructables earn my respect, especially ones that are well done. Great work!
Thanks, Fallout is one my favourite game series, looking forward to Fallout 4.
This is awesome! I love the Fallout games! Thanks for the instructable, I now know what I'm making for my brother when he gets back from boot camp!
Thanks, me too. I hope he likes it!
Fantastico y muy bien explicado!! Te felicito. Saludos desde Chile!!
Gracias, hago lo que puedo. Saludos desde Escocia!
Just a thought, coating the leads in silicone caulk would help in keeping them from getting wet and shorting out, wouldn't it? <br> <br>Cool instructable!
It would but it could make it look ugly and it doesn't short out for some reason. Apparently it's because the LED is more conductive than the water. <br> <br>Thanks for commenting!
This is a very well put together instructable! <br>I've been a member for some time, but your article has inspired me to give it a go! <br>
Thanks! <br>You really should, it's fun and very satisfying. It also makes a great conversation starter if you have new geek friends round.
The water is less conductive than the led
Thanks for the comment! I didn't know that. I just guessed.
Hey great instructable, but Im having one problem: the resistor and LED are bent in proper position around the battery, and even work when I squeeze them together on either side of the battery, but the magnets arent seeming to produce enough force on either side to get the LED to light up. Any suggestions?
I made the resistor leg into a square around the magnet to hold it and then used the one on top as a conductor between the LED leg and the battery. Here's some pictures. The cap is being used as a shade as it kept throwing the focus off.
Thanks! It works perfectly with that little adjustment. Now I just have to deal with the label and I have myself a finished project!
Nice one!
Nice! Wonder if a truly radioactive version could somehow be made using thorium mantles or old radium-painted clock hands? :-)
Well... If you get the radium off the clock hands, then you could combine it with some blue fluorescent powder to make it glow. I think that could make it glow. I do physics, they wouldn't let me do chemistry.
An easier way to make sure the label prints out exactly right would be to use photoshop or gimp (or some equivalent). open a new image and give it a working area of 9.7cm, then paste in the labels and resize to fit the whole image. print without stretching to fit and it should work fine right off the bat.
Ah, thanks. I'll remember that next time. It really was a pain in the **se. I printed off like 12 pages (in black and white with normal paper) before I got it right.
fantastic instructable in any case
amigo te salio excelente,felicitaciones por tu trabajo,muy prolijo y bien explicado. <br>
Gracias, me esfuerzo.
As a dyslexic engineer I aplaude you. keep it up. I'm not sure why but I think being dyslexic makes you a better engineer.
Thank you, I'm hoping to become an electronic engineer, or marine engineer. As randomray said it's because we can think outside the box.
your views have rocketed since yesterday good job ;-) <br>
Thanks ;-)
This is great Alex. I plan to try it with my 8th grade students. I think they will love it. <br>
Thanks, I hope they do!
Did you think about repainting the cap because you sanded it all down it would take paint really easily that way it had a more authentic look? There is even a design on the cap from what I found.
I did but I don't have any blue paint and I just made sure all the branding was gone.
You should sand the round tip of the LED it will disperse the light better
Thanks for the tip! I hadn't thought of that.
cool, you should post this here: <br />https://www.instructables.com/id/Rewards-for-New-Authors/
Do you know if you get to choose your colour or if it's whatever they have?

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Bio: I'm 17, I like computers, and anything techy that has something to do with light, LED's, EL Wire etc....
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