Instructables

Thunder Cloud with Lightning Bolts

FeaturedContest Winner
Picture of Thunder Cloud with Lightning Bolts
zap.jpg
DSCN2980.JPG

My first idea that I really wanted was to have real lightning bolts come from a large cloud hovering over my head. But after looking it it, I realized that a lightning bolt at a Halloween party was potentially hazardous. A live electrical arc could kill someone or burn the house down, etc. So I compromised with fake plastic lightning bolts, lit up by LED lights. I needed my husbands help on this one with hooking up the lights. But it sure is a fun and electrifying costume!!!
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Gathering our materials

Picture of Gathering our materials
2011-10-28 041.JPG
2011-10-28 039.JPG
2011-10-28 038.JPG
2011-10-28 037.JPG
2011-10-28 034.JPG
2011-10-28 030.JPG
2011-10-28 035.JPG
2011-10-28 036.JPG
2011-10-28 044.JPG

Materials I needed:
Spiderweb material - 4 bags
Chicken wire
Black paint- tempera
Wire hangers- 2
Backpack-plain or dark
Thunder noise novelty toy-purchased with strobe light
Headpiece- I used the inside of an old construction helmet. (no helmet, just the fitted head ring)
Velcro
LEDs -in strips
Button-SPST push button switch. Rated 3 amps at 125VAC. Mounts in a 1/2" hole. Radio shack.
Foam Tape-double sided
Duct Tape
Sheet of white/clear plastic
Scissors
Wire strippers
Wire
9V batteries -3
Battery snap / switch - 3 to connect these LEDs to the 9V battery,
Rosin-Core Solder, solder iron, Soldering gun
momofJandL (author) 2 years ago
Exactly!
Bindlestiff2 years ago
Brainstorm?