Valentine's Day: flowers, chocolates, cards, love is everywhere. All the couples kissing and hugging and saying tiny lovely silly things. Edward and Bella Forever And Ever!
Well, I think I'm a very romantic guy. But, unluckely, almost all the Valentine's Days and Love and Friendship Days catch me alone, brokenhearted and without money. My ugly ex-girlfriend is now with a "Brazilian Male Top Model", my roommate married with the love of her life (Hooray!), my friends are in love (or without love but not looking), and it seems like every pretty woman is married or has a boyfriend...
But, before I could make my annual ritual of listen "It must have been love" of Roxette and, armed with a big reserve of ice cream, see "Love actually" and curse the fate, the opportunity knocks and I have a first date. A blind date. In Valentine´s Day. And she wants a gift (A GIFT? WTF?) And a special one. I'm so excited. What is the emoticon for "sarcasm"?
I don't have money, but I have trash in my workshop. So, I can make something that lasts more than flowers and chocolates and maybe, could be in my date's desk. And who knows? Maybe she will give it to her new boyfriend (maybe another Brazilian) when she becomes my ex.
Step 1: I Got a Trash on You!!!
Note: I'm a Spanish speaker. So, I'll try the best to name the stuff in an understandable way for all.
2 Oven knobs
4 iron pieces for picture frame
2 small iron angles
1 plastic cup
1 damaged motion sensor (you know, the one for automatically turno on the lights)
2 alligator clips
2 big blinking LEDs
2 resistors 220 ohm (red red brown gold) (optional)
1 AA Battery box
2 AA Batteries
2 Joystick vents (or any vent, like the used in the darts of toy guns)
50 cm of copper wire
thin rubber hose for covering the copper wire
screws and nuts
And our always trustable Dremel Rotary Tool (Hmmmm... I will collect money for the publicity)
Step 2: These Knobs Are Made for Walking
Step 3: Un Robot Muy Macho, Caray!!!
WHAT???? A girl makes bondage cuffs for Valentine's (and she's my heroine!). What's the problem with a Valentine's robot with a "willy"? MY ROBOT IS A MACHO!!!
Bend the legs for an estable stand up position.
Step 4: My Arms Keep Missing You
Step 5: Head, Electrics and Yadda Yadda Yadda...
Well, It's not easy to explain electronics when you aren't an electronics expert. So, I made a graphic to explain what do you have to do. It's simple, only use soldering and remember: red wire and long leg of the LED must be conected to the positive pole of the battery box, black wire and short leg of the LED must be in the negative. The switch activates the lights.
Drill the top of the head and the center of the upper side of the body, and fit a screw. It will be te neck and fix the head to the body.
SUGESTION: DON'T make easy for your date to find out how to change the batteries. Two reasons:
1. When batteries discharge, she won't know hoy to change them. Then, she will need you to keep working her gift. And you'll have the chance to see her again.
2. When your date becomes your girlfriend, and later becomes your ex-girlfriend, she won't know how to change the batteries. And the "Brazilian Male Top Model" that she will have as new boyfriend, neither. So, you will still look like the smart one. Or maybe not. It's silly.
Step 6: I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY...
I made the heart with a red poker chip, cutting and shaping with the Dremel.
And, why the pose of the hands? Well, the message to the girl is clear: "You want my heart, right? Then, first you have to turn me on... CRASH!"
WARNING: Instructables.com and Mario Caicedo Langer don't make responsibles if your date crashes the robot against your head. Sorry.
I hate Valentine's Day. If I win the chocolates, they will be only mine. I won't share with anybody!!!
Step 7: ... But Valentine's Day Is Only One Day of the Year. the Sun Will Shine Tomorrow!!
Now, you know the basics. Use your imagination and make your Not Valentine's Robot with the stuff in the trash. Paint it, make a heart with a beautiful message, use a salt shaker as body and yo-yo halfs as feet. The power is yours!
Happy Anti-Valentine's Day to all the lonely, rancorous and resentful people!!