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Two years ago my wife told me that she wanted to be a SIM for halloween.  Being the dutiful husband I am I got to work.  I researched for hours the best way to go about this project.  There were ALOT of helpful designs out there.  Unfortunately i'm kind of arrogant, so I looked at all the well thought out, well intentioned designs and thought, I can certainly do that better.  My major gripe was the materials that were being used by others.  To me, the SIM plumbob is a crystal that radiates light from the inside.  The crystal structure breaks up the light in a sparkle kind of way rather than a flat uniform color.  With this in mind I set out to create the awesomness that is before you.

Note:  There are deffinately things I would change with my design if I were to do it over.  Financial considerations played a big role in some of the steps I took.  Please feel free to critique the design.  If I decide to make another one I will take all ideas into consideration.

Materials:

Castin Craft resin (alot)
Castin Craft catalyst
Mold release
26 gauge sheet metal
1/2" steel tube
AWG 3 point tool belt shoulder straps
Double stick tape
1/4" bolts
1/4" nuts
Bicycle safety lights
 
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qweenofyou1 year ago
Amazing effect! What a lot of perserverance you showed getting this done right!
foobear2 years ago
incredibly cool!
Nick70587 (author)  foobear2 years ago
Thank you.
westfw2 years ago
My SIL was a big Sims far, and we built something like this back in 2004. We used a tissue, wire, and balsa construction, which lets you support the assembly from a baseball cap, more or less. It's not as pretty, though. We also used some electronics to get our hats to fade from green to red and back; the intent was to eventually make this remote-controlled, but that part never materialized.
We wore these at BayCon 2004. Later, the SIL worked for EA doing QA for Sims, and they were a big hit there as well.
LED (and battery) technology has changed a lot since then; it would be interesting to do an improved version, especially now that Sims Social is out too. Alas, EA laid off the SIL, and the motivation isn't quite there...
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Nick70587 (author)  westfw2 years ago
Thanks for the comments. The weight was always going to be an issue with my design so I did the best I could to make it so you wouldnt have to wear it on your head. I have absolutely no experience with LED's and circuit boards but I would really like to learn it. My hope was to eventually make another one with a small motor in the middle that made the whole thing rotate, but like you, my motivation fell off after the initial wow factor.