Introduction: The Tesseract
Staying with my making of everything Marvel/Avengers, I wanted to take on one of the Infinity Stones/Jems, The Tessereact. This isn't a very difficult project, and is a great addition to anyone who enjoys building Avengers/Marvel props. So, lets jump right in!
Step 1: Step One: What You'll Need
You'll need the following:
Blue LED lights
Softball display case
frosting spray paint
Sand paper (400 grit, or anything "fine")
The case, paint and the lights are from Amazon. There are a ton of options for the lights, but these were $5 and it's 20 to the string. That was just too good to pass up, 20 lights glowing at the same time is VERY bright.
Step 2: Step Two: Get Rid of That Shine
You'll want to wet sand the softball case, inside and out. Just wet the sand paper and go to work. You don't have to dig in real deep, you just want that shine/clearness gone. Sanding the cube also helps the frost really hold onto the cube. Once you sanded the inside and out of the case, wash it by hand to get any remaining dirt/oils off it.
Step 3: Step Three: Frost
Once your cube dries, it's time to paint. Now, don't be heavy handed with the paint, cause you don't want it to run. I laid three light coats of the frost, each coat only five minutes apart. This stuff dries FAST, so the painting part of this project will be over soon. Once you lay down your final coat, let your cube sit for about 30 minutes. It dries to the touch in about 10 minutes, but I waited 30 to be sure.
Step 4: Step Four:
While your waiting for the frost to dry, you can prep your lights. As I said earlier, you can go a few different ways with the lights. You could get a single LED light (as shown in the Jennifer Wicks YouTube video) or you can do what I did. As stated earlier, I opted for the 20 string LED's. I used some of the wax and balled it up into a small ball. I then wrapped the LED's around the ball, and wrapped everything in a wad of wax paper to help give the lights a more glowing effect.
Step 5: Your Done!!
Once your lights are wrapped, lay it into the box and snap the sides down on he sides, and your all done! Again, this is a really simple and fun project that shouldn't take too long to complete. So go and build your own Tesseract, but don't go opening any portals, didn't end well for the last guy that did it.