Introduction: LaserGloves!

About: I'm an amature engineer, love to build things that use lights, lasers, LED's.. you name it. Other from that, i run a Photography business, and i L0V3 taking pics :D

Hi there!

If you're reading this, you should know that this is my first instruction ever on this site :)

In this tutorial I will show you my somewhat new lasergloves, made 3 hours before this was written.
Perfect for the party or just showing off your friends.
It's shake-able, meaning you can wave your hands in the air like crazy, and they won't come apart. (!)
Haven't found anything like this on the web, or on instructables, so finally i'm first with something :P

Update: A movie with it in action!

Step 1: What You Will Need . . .

First off all, you will be needing a pair of gloves.
They should not fit too tight, nor too loose, just that perfect.
Gloves of choice is up to you, but i will be using a pair of simple black gloves you can find in almost any clothingstore.

Then you will be needing :

1. LaserModules. 10 of them, bought on ebay for 14$.
Mines are 5mW, and 6mm in diam. One for each finger.
They are also adjustable in the focus, so test them out before permanently attaching them to the gloves.

2. Resistors (85 ohm) You will be needing 2 for both hands.
3. Batterypack 9Volts. You can use a pair of 1,5V's batteries to get 3 volts out. But i will be showing it in 9V. (also 2 of them)
4. Some Stretchy fabric that's fairly strong and won't break or bust when exposed to heat or if stuck on something.
5. Cables, cables, and cables :)
6. Shrinktube.
7. Hot glue.
And loads of tools.. like a scissor and a heat-gun or lighter ( Be very careful with this stuff )

Time and Patience is also recommended!

Step 2: The Wiring.

First off in the making you will be needing to test so that your lasers work, getting your wires hooked up before installing them in the gloves will give you a sence of how it will end up like.
Also making sure the focus is perfect.

Don't bother doing nice soldering on this step (or skip it completely)

How i've wired is very simple:

I've got a 9V battery.
Each Laser needs 3V, (3.2 actually, but driving at 3V works fine)
Hook 3 up in a row to get 9V for three of your fingers.
Then 2 in a row with the 85ohm resistor to get the 2 remaining fingers working without burning the modules.

Remember to have fairly long wires for this, because when you pull off the gloves, it will stretch.

On the batterypack there's a handy switch for on/off function, so if yours don't have it, you will have to add it somewhere.

Step 3: Making Rings for the Modules.

Now we need to have a base for the lasermodules to sit on.
We can't glue straight to the gloves since it won't give a solid base for them to operate from.
So grab your stretchy fabric and make yourself a ring for each finger.

Use a scissor to cut each of them, otherwise you'll end up like me.

Here's a tricky part.
If your gloves are like mine, you can measure right round them, cut and make a ring with the hot glue.
If you measure straight on your fingers, you need to leave a bit of space so you won't stop the blood from flowing into your fingers later on.

When you have your pieces cut.
Burn the edges of the fabric so they won't mess up later. Be very careful when using open flames! Always have something to extinguish a possible fire when doing this. !

Step 4: Making Rings!

Whip out your trusty gun, and squat some drooling sticky goo on your rings to make them stick together.

Doublecheck so they fit over the glove(s) without stopping the blood.
If they do, throw away and try again.
I had to do this twice, and it's very hard to get that certain spot where it's holding onto the fingers without stopping bloodflow.

Stack them up nicely and check again.

Fits like a glove :^)

Step 5: Putting Ring on the Finger.

Now here's one of the more painstakingly longer parts.

Now you have to glue the rings onto the glove without gluing the glove together. if you do that. Throw away and buy new gloves. (!)

A handy trick is to put the ring on first, without having the hand in.
Then put some hot glue on the inside of the ring.
And insert a Soldering-vaccum-sucker-thing-ish. . This works perfect for me atleast, since it's almost my size exactly.
This way the glue won't stick through the fingers and glue them together, and you won't burn your fingers badly.
When inserted in the finger, rotate it back and forward so it won't stick to the soldering-sucker.

Step 6: Attaching the Modules.

Now when that burning part is over, another crucial part is here.

Now you attach the modules to the base-rings in the center of the ring, and make sure it's pointing straight forward. or atleast where your fingers are pointing.
Make sure that you don't get any hot glue in front of the lens, or it will mess up the beam when it's on.

Rince and repeat 10 times.

Step 7: Housing.

There we go, 10 modules in place all good to go for the next step.

Now we have to make covers for the modules, I used the same stretchy fabric for it as I used for the base.
It should go from about half of your finger over the top and down on the other half, doesn't have to go all the way round.

Don't be shy with the glue on this part, since if you use too little, it might break off easy and that won't be fun.

Rince and repeat 10 times on this part aswell!

Don't forget to burn the edges somewhat aswell, so they won't mess up.

Step 8: Connecting It All.

We are almost there!

Now this is the part where you have to very careful.
You have to solder it together now while all modules and cables are attached to the glove.

Have an extinguisher close if needed.

Put on the shrinktubes before you start soldering, because you can't put it on afterwards!
Don't forget the resistor on the 2-module connection. Gray-red-Black. Is the code for 85 ohms.

Put shrinktubes on every solder since you want to protect it all you can!

Step 9: Attaching the Batterypack.

Now you are almost done!

Now we just have to attach the batterypack on the gloves so they won't swing around the place while you go ape-s%"#.

Make another handy ring but this time for your wrist.
This can be hard to do singlehanded, (i managed) so ask someone for help if you can't do it yourself.

Glue it like you did with the rings, except don't glue the top since the batterypack sticks below there, and you want to be able to switch batteries when it's empty.


Enjoy, and party hard!

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