I just got new blades for my windshield wipers and the package instantly made me want to start sword fighting. Blinky light swords for painting with light?!?!!? YES!!!
You can create this project for:
Photography Special effects called Painting with light
Fun glowing sword for costumes
Fairy Princess Magic Wand
wiper blade cover
RGB LED tape with controller and battery - (controller lets it change colors and speed of blinking)
packing foam sheet
heat shrink tubes
These are example images of the painting with light done in the first couple nights of making this project.
The photos were shot at night in low light with manual exposure times from 2 seconds to 15 seconds, the f stop was typically about f8
Lots of experimenting will give you different results. Run through the image with the lights sword moving around. Where ever the lights can be seen by the open camera, the image will have streaking colors.
Step 1: Make your sword
The wiper blades that inspired this project were from goodyear. The package just seemed to be really useful for much more than just selling product. Swords yes! storage of long rods and stuff... yes, but that's another project.
I did a quick sketch on a folded paper to make the hilt symmetrical and traced it out on some 3/8" plywood. The handle was just about right for one of the batteries I would be using. I then cut it out on the band saw. Quick shaping and cleanup was done on a belt sander.
The wood is pretty flimsey by itself so I made some strengtheners for the hilt area. glue these on with wood glue and clamps. (scrap wood was used to help with the clamping)
Be sure it will all fit nicely in the clear tube.