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Multi Color Light Up Glowing Sword - RGB LEDs for painting with light.

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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

Stuff used:
wiper blade cover
3/8" plywood
wood glue
RGB LED tape with controller and battery - (controller lets it change colors and speed of blinking)
packing foam sheet
hockey tape

tools used:
pencil
paper
scissors
band saw
belt sander
drill press
soldering iron
heat shrink tubes
heat gun
digital camera
tripod


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.

 
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Step 1: Make your sword

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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.
Azzurro7 months ago
O_O the word "cool" is redefined here. RESPECT! :D
karlpinturr8 months ago
Very nice again - voted in all comps and favourited, just like your plane.

Have you seen Pixelstix (I think that's the right spelling) on Kickstarter at all? It's a similar idea (a 'stick' of these RGB LED's, used to 'paint with light'), but more --- business-like(?). I think the two formats could complement each other rather well.
Emma2378 months ago
wow that is so cool
roballoba (author) 8 months ago
I have gotten these lights as well as other styles on www.ebay.com ... look for 12v RGB LED strips. I have also gotten similar LED strips from www.Hobbyking.com The set in this instructable had the RGB leds separated which show as seperate color striped in the photos... I have also had great success with an integrated RGB LED that will allow for more color combinations.
There are waterproof versions available as well. These will have a thick flexible covering over the LED tapes and offer more protection. Good luck with your projects and have fun!!
length8 months ago
Love this! As jonwells asked. Where can I find this light tape, controller and battery combo?
Wroger-Wroger8 months ago
But does it make Vooooooooooooooo Vooooooooooooooo noises?

it looks awesome
jonwells8 months ago
Great job. I would like a recommendation for the specific light tape, controller and battery. I've never used any of those materials.
This is so cool. I want to see more of the art pictures.
nerd74738 months ago
cool I will vote
roballoba (author)  nerd74738 months ago
sweet thanks!
you are welcome
probetox8 months ago
Voted!

Great job man
roballoba (author)  probetox8 months ago
Thanks! I appreciate your votes!!
leon338 months ago
It works so good
roballoba (author)  leon338 months ago
thanks a lot! glad you like it!
jessyratfink8 months ago
Such good photos! This is just fantastic.
roballoba (author)  jessyratfink8 months ago
Thanks! and it's soooo much fun to do!!