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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

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Items:
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)
Tape
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

Tools:
Soldering Iron & Solder
Sandpaper
Bluetak
Sharp knife

Optional:
Helping hands
Acetone
Rubber Bands
Patience (Take your time, It'll turn out better than if you try to rush it)
 
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this is my version of the cola. it looks like orangejuce, but it glows!
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I tried this with a red LED and it didn't work too well.

Did you use tonic water for this, or something else?

Wackey Alex (author)  charlie-lee-rhee1 year ago

Wow, nice job!

Psychospazz2 years ago
RAD I like this a ton
well done
Wackey Alex (author)  Psychospazz2 years ago
Thanks
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!
Wackey Alex (author)  Ninjajackrussel2 years ago
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.
Wackey Alex (author)  DUSTERMUSTER2 years ago
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.
Gumby452 years ago
I'm so going to make something similar to this for my brother :D
He loves fallout and so do I.
You, sir, are awesome.
Wackey Alex (author)  Gumby452 years ago
Thanks looking forward to Fallout 4, aparrently its being set in Boston.
Oooh that sounds cool :O
Aleator7772 years ago
All Fallout-based instructables earn my respect, especially ones that are well done. Great work!
Wackey Alex (author)  Aleator7772 years ago
Thanks, Fallout is one my favourite game series, looking forward to Fallout 4.
Mike09242 years ago
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!
Wackey Alex (author)  Mike09242 years ago
Thanks, me too. I hope he likes it!
mcasas3 years ago
Fantastico y muy bien explicado!! Te felicito. Saludos desde Chile!!
Wackey Alex (author)  mcasas3 years ago
Gracias, hago lo que puedo. Saludos desde Escocia!
oldhamedia3 years ago
Just a thought, coating the leads in silicone caulk would help in keeping them from getting wet and shorting out, wouldn't it?

Cool instructable!
Wackey Alex (author)  oldhamedia3 years ago
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.

Thanks for commenting!
estebones3 years ago
This is a very well put together instructable!
I've been a member for some time, but your article has inspired me to give it a go!
Wackey Alex (author)  estebones3 years ago
Thanks!
You really should, it's fun and very satisfying. It also makes a great conversation starter if you have new geek friends round.
scci3 years ago
The water is less conductive than the led
Wackey Alex (author)  scci3 years ago
Thanks for the comment! I didn't know that. I just guessed.
fishofsword3 years ago
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?
Wackey Alex (author)  fishofsword3 years ago
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.
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Thanks! It works perfectly with that little adjustment. Now I just have to deal with the label and I have myself a finished project!
Wackey Alex (author)  fishofsword3 years ago
Nice one!
thassaj3 years ago
Nice! Wonder if a truly radioactive version could somehow be made using thorium mantles or old radium-painted clock hands? :-)
Wackey Alex (author)  thassaj3 years ago
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.
Aggrieved3 years ago
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.
Wackey Alex (author)  Aggrieved3 years ago
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
thor743 years ago
amigo te salio excelente,felicitaciones por tu trabajo,muy prolijo y bien explicado.
Wackey Alex (author)  thor743 years ago
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.
Wackey Alex (author)  fastm3driver3 years ago
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.
MrSkittlz153 years ago
your views have rocketed since yesterday good job ;-)
Wackey Alex (author)  MrSkittlz153 years ago
Thanks ;-)
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