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A simple circuit held together and insulated with Sugru (I used Orange, but you may use any color you like:  Orange was harder for me to "lose" however :-)

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Step 1: A list of the materials

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One packet of (in this case) orange Sugru. 
two wires, a few inches long
two things used for contacts (copper shielding, pennies, etc.; I used a cheap solderible  
   charm from a bracelet that had disintegrated, and the back of a push pin tie tack).
one neon bulb
and one 33 K resister.

Some solder,
a soldering iron,
and one heat sink for the bulb (while soldering); I use a hemostat

Step 2: Soldering

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Using the heat sink (hemostat or other small clamp of some sort) hold the one end of the resistor against the neon bulb (placing the heat sink between the soldering point and the bulb), and solder it fast.

Next solder one wire to that resistor.

I then soldered the other wire to the other leg of the neon bulb (again, attaching the heat sink between the solder point and the bulb).

Then I soldered the copper piece shown to one wire, and the charm to the other wire.
Before moving on, I did use a little hot glue to insulate the wires from one another, in case they got moved during the final step.

Once everything was cooled down I could move on to the final steps.
Very Lovecraftian, can't explain exactly why though :D
Maybe it reminds me of some story good ole H.P. wrote back in his day. Some kind of generator that dissolves the shroud between dimensions?
Goodhart (author)  Thermonuklear4 years ago
I just grabbed the closest things I had that could be soldered and used them in the project (along with the Sugru provided for the contest). :-) I had built one before, without the Sugru, but that was long before Instructables were even around....a bit before the WEB was around (around the time Table top PC's were coming out :-)
Very cool. I'm going to set some sugru to try it!
Goodhart (author)  SkysTheLimit4 years ago
Thanks, I had built one of these inside an old PEN casing too once (one with a spent cartridge of course). I used copper foil for the thumb contact and a heavy ground wire for the other leg and out to front to form a point. That one could be carried in the pocket like a pen.
Oh neat! You should add that in your instructable!
Goodhart (author)  SkysTheLimit4 years ago
same circuit, different packaging. Used the old trick of using a pen as a probe and just squeezed it inside....I might write up a seperate ible for that one though.
Great, I can't wait to read it. You might even be able to add a clip for more convenience.
Goodhart (author)  SkysTheLimit4 years ago
I won't need to use more then one step really. Pull the pen's inside out (the kind of pen with a cap), drill a small hole in the side push a wire through it and out the narrow end. Solder on the copper pad, and the resister and neon bulb and use the other wire as the "point" of contact at the narrow end of the tube (neon bulb is near the hole in the side). Then I just hot glued it all in place. When I do the ible though, I will try to make it much nicer looking.
ChrysN4 years ago
Neat idea, I seem to get a lot of static discharge in the winter which I find very annoying.
Goodhart (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Really, the resister does all the work, the neon bulb just lets you know you have discharged a fairly large amount of voltage....thankfully, the current in such an offload is minimal. :-)

Yeah, I have often told people I could probably get shocked by static while wading in a stream in my bare feet LOL
Wasagi4 years ago
Great Idea! And Great instructable!
Goodhart (author)  Wasagi4 years ago
Well thank you very much :-)