Mod your Green Lantern movie ring and make it glow!

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When the Green Lantern movie came out earlier this year Toys R Us started selling a decent looking replica ring for only $10- here's how to make the ring look a bit more heroic by installing a LED and making it more accurate to the movie ring. It's a fair bit of work but for GL fans it's worth the effort!

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Step 1: Tools and materials

This instructable is a further development of my previous Green Lantern ring tutorial seen here-

The wax carving and resin casting are the same process so I won't repeat them here. There is some very basic soldering involved and some Dremel work but it's pretty straight forward. Be sure to click on the "i" symbol to see the high res images.

So here's what you need to modify your ring:

Dremel tool with various burrs
Soldering iron
Jewler's wax-
Silicone RTV molding compound-
Casting resin-
Sharpie pen
Kapton tape (but just about any thin insulating tape will work)-
Red Scotchbrite pad
Lily Pad green LED-
CR1220 watch battery- available at jewelry stores or online
K&S 3/8" OD x .016" wall aluminum tube-
Transparent green #2092 Acrylic sheet 1/8" thick-
5 minute epoxy
Hot glue gun
Needle nose pliers
Small flat bladed screwdriver
Small piece of solid wire (can be copper or lead clipped off a resistor or other similar electrical component)

Cooloop28 days ago

Could you actually make a tutorial on how to carve from plastic sheet or rod? Wax and resin definitely isn't very practical for most people and the tutorial doesn't really elaborate on sheet/rod crafting.

Zappzipper5 months ago


Zappzipper5 months ago


es210 months ago
Hello I am a huge Dc fan as I've read below from about a year ago you where not moding rings due to heavy workload. I completely understand but hope you might have the opportunity to do one. I can by the ring separate. And send it to you. However I do understand the amount of tasks and difficulty you must take on with your own projects if you are not able to. thank you
Honus (author)  es210 months ago
Unfortunately I just can't take on any more work right now- hope you understand!

nice .though I prefer to make one out of cardboard

... Well, at least you can make design by yourself and make a ring prompt by you.

Tel me how you made that
Honus (author)  eat it sucker1 year ago
Have you read the instructable?
IronWill2 years ago
This looks remarking similar to the following ring.

Ring looks truly awesome, well done.
Honus (author)  IronWill2 years ago
That ring looks the same because it is the same ring. :) The instructable is about how to modify that ring and make it light up.
Honus, this is awesome!!! I have a ring!!! Can you please mod it for me? How much will it be?
Honus (author)  jpatterson202 years ago
Sorry but I'm not modding rings for anyone- the mold I made for the inserts finally self destructed and I'm already backlogged with too many other projects!
can I buy one plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can afford anywhere from $20.00-$30.00
You can message me for where to send it if u have time. Plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jcarret3 years ago
Thanks so much! I am a huge green lanern fan. I really dont have the resources to complete the tutorial. Is it posibile that I can send you my ring.
Honus (author)  jcarret3 years ago
Sorry but I'm not taking on any additional work right now- I have a huge backlog of work to catch up on!
jcarret Honus3 years ago
Thank you anyway. I will try to complete it on my own. Again I want to thank you for make this tutorial.
Brilliant! Great 'ible!!!
Honus (author)  rocketsurgery3 years ago
GaryB1013 years ago
And how much are you selling them for...Just say'n..
Honus (author)  GaryB1013 years ago
I'm not selling the rings. The LED inserts are available from Batjeepster- there's a link on the insert page (Step 3.)
GaryB101 Honus3 years ago
Oh, I figured as such. It was really just a way of complementing the ring. They are very cool and just a bit beyond my capabilities. You could sell them, I bet. (And I'd buy one for my son....and one for me.)
Honus (author)  GaryB1013 years ago
I'm glad you like it! The reason I said I'm not selling them is that I don't have the rings on hand- they are getting hard to find too. If you can get a ring I'll be happy to mod it for you- just message me.

My oldest son wants one too. :)
GaryB101 Honus3 years ago
That's an incredibly sweet offer. Thank you. I might just have to take you up on it! I'll let you know.

Wolfdagon3 years ago
After you cut and sanded the center gem how did you polish it?
Honus (author)  Wolfdagon3 years ago
I used a tripoli polishing compound and a small polishing wheel. Most any plastic polishing compound should work.
Wolfdagon Honus3 years ago
Ok. Thanks.
sunshiine3 years ago
Love the ring!
Honus (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Chirpoff3 years ago
That looks so awesome, Honus! BTW, you're my soul subscribee! :D Nice to see another great 'ible!
Honus (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
Thanks so much! I've got some really good stuff in the works too... :)
Chirpoff Honus3 years ago
I'm looking forward to it! :D