UPDATE: now cast the outer ring with resin looks much better!!
After seeing all of the Marvel Films, Iron Man, The Avengers etc... i decided to attempt to make a small arc reactor which i could use for a costum party or something. so i began by taking measurement, drawing and modleing a few differnt materials. so here goes!
-aluminuim tubes( differnt diameters)
-Thin Insulated copper wire
-electritioans wire(red, black and blue/purple)
-clear 10mm plastic sheet
-black acrylic plastic
-black high density foam
-11 Blue SMLED's or EL Wire(0.5m)
-a Push switch
Tools you will need:
-drill with hole cutting drill bits
- measuring tape
Step 1: Cutting to Size
Step 2: The Lighting
the resistors and the SMLED's come in a large enough casing for you to solder them by eye. but i recommend buying a solder with detachable heads so that you can also purchase a fine tip soldering head. This will allow you to be more accurate and look a lot neater than mine looks!
Before soldering the parts toghether mark out where each resistor and SMLED will go. to do this dived 360 by 10 as this is how many you need on the outside. this will give you 36. using a protractor mark every 36° with a line. and fine the center of the material. now using a small amount of super glue, glue all of the components down. for the first attempt i used a thin piece of wood but even this was to thick and when using a solder it burnt the wood a bit. so for the second attempt I used some thin acrylic plastic which was lighter and the glue set a lot better.
Once all of the components are glued down you can now measure how much wire you need between each one. cut all of the wire out and lay it down without soldering it just to check. after you give yourself the all clear begin to solder all of the wires to the components. remember to leave a long bit of wire sticking out so you can later attach the battery pack and switch.
if you can not solder or fine any SMLED's then you can always cheat by using and item called EL wire. This is thin wire that can be lit up to produce a large amount of light. you can also get it in lots of different colours. The EL wire also comes with a switch as well as a double setting switch so you can make it flash or just constantly stay on.
Step 3: Clear Plastic Rings
Step 4: Rapping the Copper Wire
Anyway.... again mark out where you wish to pu the wire. have less or more groups than mine i dont really mind as it is your project now. using a modle making drill drill a small hole through one of the clear plastic rings you have just made. now loop one end of the copper wire through the hole and drip a tiny bit of super glue on it and leave it to dry. now rap the rest of the wire around keeping it as tight as possible to keep the professional look. do the same on all of the sections until you fell there is enough wire on each one. to finish solder the end of the copper wire to the top of the rap around and leave to cool. try not to bend the wire when rapping it around as its is almost impossible to get the bends out as you can see in the picture below.
Step 5: Interior Design
As i couldn't do this I looked at using simple round shapes. this is where the tubing came in. select 3 difernt sizes of your choice for the inside of the circle and make sure they fit!. using a metal saw and a clamp, clamp the first tube into place and cut it to 10mm as this is the distance the plastic rings come out to if you have used the same methods as i have. cut all of them out and then file and sand them down, polish and buff them to make them extra shiny. being shiny means that they will be able to reflect more light from the SMLED's which is what we need. if you want you can cut them into little bits. this means you can take out segments of the circle reducing the weight of the whole Arc Reactor. The lighter it is the better as you wont feel it in your pocket when in transportation.
Step 6: Construction
Step 7: Final Touches
Using a spare piece of copper wire I rapped it around a pencil to make a coil like spring sort of shape. this looked really cool so i have put it on the outer ring of the inner core. test and adjust different patterns and designs of your choice to see what they look like.
Using some old bendable plastic I cut out a stand much like the stand s you can buy for your iPod. the Arc reactor can now be placed on there for viewing or when you are not wearing it.
Step 8: Wearing It
Many other Instructables showing you how to make one of these has a strap or a necklace that you wear to hook the Arc Reactor to. I thought it would be far better if somehow you could have it on your chest without using this strap system. I tested blue tak, white tak, and many other random things but the best was a clear sticky substance that you get when your new bank card is stuck to a letter or something. so i got a layer of that on the back. it stay on with out having to be touched for about half an hour when moving around etc but can be pressed down to reassure the grasp.
Annoyingly when you put it in your pocket the sticky stuff picks up all the fluff and little bits in your pocket so i vacuum formed a shallow cover that can just be taken off and put on when not using it. I am sure this will help keep it sticky for longer as well.