Spread LED light?

I'm having trouble using an LED to light up a vase. I have frosted a vase and was hoping to get a blue led to light it up from putting it in the bottom of the vase and give it a sort of blue glow, however, it is just not working. I can still see a big concentration of light where the LED is and towards the top of a small vase (maybe 8 inches?), there isn't much light. Is there a particular LED feature I should be looking at? Certain type? Certain voltage? etc? I was hoping the sunjar tutorial would shed some light (no pun intended) but it really didn't help much for my project. I was trying to get an effect similar to:http://www.westcoastmall.net/images/GS68.jpg or maybe http://www.vibride.com/images/photoalbum/38/ostrichfeather.jpgany ideas?

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Spreading the word of Instructables...on the chairlift!

I went skiing this past weekend, and took along some Instructables stickers. I stuck them to a couple of the chairlifts I rode on. Here are a few pictures of them. There were plenty other stickers on the lifts, so I decided to spread the word of a website through stickers as well!

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Peanut Butter

I just finished off a jar of peanut butter and was thinking about how I eat a lot of peanut butter (and I mean a lot!) and was just wondering if anyone had a recipe for peanut butter?? Also any ideas would be useful. Much appreciated. A loyal PB Fanboy.

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What thickener gives a gel-consistency, and not jelly-consistency?

Hey people! I have a liquid I would like to thicken to the consistency where it can be spread on bread. I just don't want to blend in too many calories, so I just want to use some thickener. But what thickener gives a gel-like consistency, and not a jelly-like? The difference (in my head) is that if you poke the surface of a gel, your finger sinks into it, and if you do the same with a jelly, the surface bends. So jelly is the wobbly stuff like jell-o, while gel is more like hairgel. Problem is just that I don't know which thickener to use... I have these in consideration: Cornstarch, tried, worked kind of, but not when cooled down in the fridge. Went from almost tolerably jelly, to very jelly Tapioca, should be like cornstarch, but more fridge-tolerant. Any thoughts? Flour, not very powerful, and gives a bad taste in those quantities Agar agar, less wobbly than gelatine, but still kind of jelly. Pectin, still haven't tried it, but know it is used for jam, and jam can be spread, but can also be kind of wobbly, any thoughts? Also, any other suggestions?

Question by ELF   |  last reply

Why do parachutes spread apart?

I used to think triple and double chute systems like those found on the SpaceX Dragon had special designs to cause the chutes to spread apart but I recently build a double chute system for my sugar rocket and discovered my chutes don't just spread apart, but do so approaching a 90 degree angle (probably about 75 to 80.) So why does this happen, it can't be due to the air spilling between the two because they were ten feet apart or more!  It is a very interesting concept and I wouldn't be surprised if some special engineering doesn't take place to prevent the chutes spreading too far apart.

Question by jj.inc 

cod liver

Had a fine can of cod liver in its own oil. Found it to be quite nice and mild in taste and in texture. I spread it on crackers but it made me wonder if there were any other good ways of making snacks and or other foods using the liver. Does any one else know of other ways to use the cod liver and the oil? Thanks.

Topic by Treasure Tabby   |  last reply

What do you spread on your toast?

What do you spread on your toast?

Topic by happyjo   |  last reply

Can you guys help me spread this?

I am a newly starting artist in need of some critique and views. I have had trouble spreading my work around and would highly appreciate if you guys could send this link or maybe put it on your blogs, or even just look at the pictures yourselves, again this is just a favor but if you do i would very much appreciate it thanks guys D http://www.flickr.com/photos/51435971@N05/ 

Question by davidglinski   |  last reply

how do I give an LED a wider beam spread?

I would like to position a 5mm LED approx 3mm - 5mm behind a clear surface with a stencil in front of it. at the moment the LED projects a spot about 5 - 8mm in diameter, I'd like to make that around 20mm without changing the LED's position.  I can replace the LED's, so if experimentation of the focal lens is required thats OK, but every time I've tried I'm made something with a dark area in the middle ;-)

Question by mad_mat   |  last reply

Instructables profile picture spreading across all my profiles EVERYWHERE

Hi, I have uploaded a profile picture to Instructables that is a bit humorous.  However, now this picture is spreading across all of my accounts on the internet!  I know that the ONLY site to which I uploaded this picture is Instructables.  The picture was appropriate for Instructables but is inappropriate for many of my other accounts. Somehow, my image has "escaped" and is being automatically captured by other websites. I am attempting to stop this profile picture from spreading any further. Can you PLEASE let me know how this picture could be spreading across all of my accounts!? Thanks in advance, Nathan.

Topic by njkeng   |  last reply

what powders glow under black lights?

I am wanting to show my girl scout troop how germs spread. Thought If i could find a poweder that would glow under black we could show the spread.

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is it possible to CHEAPLY spread a laser pointer's light out into a shape like a large rectangle?

Instead of a single tiny point of light, I'd like a laser pointer that shows a large (solid if possible) rectangle. Is there any way to change the shape of the light projected by one of those cheap (<$5) laser pointers to project this?

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LED reflectors? Answered

Why don't they make LEDs without the reflectors? I find that LEDs don't throw their light very far (it spreads out quickly) and even if you were to put them in a torch, the majority of the light would go out of the torch and spread then, making the reflector quite useless.

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What are good materials and/or techniques I can use to diffuse or &quot;spread&quot; a LED's Light? Answered

I wanted to do some cool things with LEDs but i want to diffuse the LED's light in order to light up the biggest amount of area while using the least possible amount of LEDs and electricity.

Question by Mrpnut   |  last reply


How can we spread the truth about how screwed up America is? (or other countries)

Topic by jakee117   |  last reply

Chatroom Group

Like the chatroom? Then join the instructables chat room blog at this link!!!!!! Don't forget to spread the word.

Topic by JellyWoo   |  last reply

Ash Around Fruit Tree.

Last year some of my fruit trees died because of wood bores and other damaging ground bugs. I remember once hearing that ashes spread around the fruit tree will protect it from these bugs, but I was told that if you spread too much ash around the tree it will be killed. Does anyone know the right amount of ash to use?

Topic by Sedgewick17   |  last reply

Ebola.............. yes, the virus :(

So guess what i just learned today?Ebola is coming back into style! Read for yourself....I hope it doesn't spread....

Topic by Sandisk1duo   |  last reply

Australians Need Help!!!

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEe7qhlFNs4Australians Need our Help! Soon Their Internet will be censored! Spread the Video

Topic by Jordo   |  last reply

What's with all the Norton adverts?

I understand the need to advertise... but why the full front page spread advertising probably the worst bit of security software out there?!

Topic by Beenay25   |  last reply

Diffusing LEDs

Hi, I am currently building an LED matrix, and would ideally like to diffuse the light from the LED into maybe a square or rectangle shape(using some sort of border). What would be the best way to do this? I've tried using tracing paper, normal paper, fabric etc. to try and spread out the light, but it always seems to create the 'circle' which comes from the top point of the LED rather than spreading it out. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks :).

Topic by willww   |  last reply

Help me thunderclap!

Hey Everybody,  I've been humbled and surprised by all the support I've gotten on my Gravity Hook project. I'm trying something new to spread the word and I'm asking for your help to share it.   Thunderclap is a website where people come together to get the word out. Here's how it works. You visit a project and support it by clicking on buttons marked "facebook", "twitter", or "tumblr". On a certain date (March 18th in this case) the post goes out all at once.     Help me spread the word by visiting the project at http://thndr.it/1wwiz2j . Thanks! Brent  

Topic by Mrballeng   |  last reply

Cup of Joe!

Just made a group just for coffee, Im surprised one hasnt been already made.https://www.instructables.com/group/Coffee/Just thought I should spread the word!Im going to make some more instructables next morning

Topic by iMac   |  last reply

Firefox and Ebay etched MacBook

Check out this laser-etched MacBook that was auctioned for charity. Tetranitrate used our new Versa Laser to etch the Firefox and Ebay logos (as requested by the auction winner). More here on the Spread Firefox blog.

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Why do people still put mean stuff on the comments page even though they risk being banned. I hate it. Most people get on here to spread and look at ideas, not to have their idea be called a load of crap. *sighs* Anyone wanna discuss this?

Topic by Argool 

seeking people for WashPost story

I'm a reporter at the WashPost working on a big story about everyday hackers. Looking to meet DC area people with some interesting hacks of their houses, offices, cars, etc. Spread the word! I'm at rosenwaldm@washpost.com

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I have warts on my feet

Please helpp me i have 2 warts on my feet.... they dont hurt at all there just annoying and ugly there is also several on my toes and they are spreading... the ones on my feet are just getting bigger

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Awesome Shotguns (true shotguns only)

This is a topic where you can post your true shotgun and videos about it. No crappy single shot shotguns allowed in this topic. Have fun and spread the word. =~)

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How to prevent slightly broken LCD multitouch screen from further damage?

Dell XT2 laptop. I would be very grateful for couple of advices. Is there a way of not spreading upper crack during everyday usage like a black hole in "Dark Water" ?

Question by DDevilPL   |  last reply

I have warts on my feet?

Please helpp me i have 2 warts on my feet.... they dont hurt at all there just annoying and ugly there is also several on my toes and they are spreading... the ones on my feet are just getting bigger

Question by cocobeaner   |  last reply

tpr outsole better grip or rubber outsole?

Wnt tok now rupper outole has better grip or and slip resistance than tpr outsole.prefering flipflops as i has to walk  in tiles which are sometimes water spread on it and there is lot of dnger in that.

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Protozoans Will Rule Us All!! Agh!

I was looking up poultry diseases on Wikipedia and I stumbled across this.Read it. I dare you.OK assuming you read it, Run for your lives and kill all the cats!! This microbe wants to rule the universe!!!Pretty scary how it can modify you to allow it to pass on and spread *shudders* makes rats seek out cats, and people get cozy....So next time your cat snuggles with you, run for it!! It's an evil protozoan trying to conquer all life forms!!It would be wise to steer clear of your neighborhood crazy cat lady as well... She's been conquered and is attempting to spread it to new hosts!*shivers with terror*Makes vampirism sound plausible...

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Who is the real Adrian Monk ?

Who is the real Adrian Monk Rumor has it she is really Hanna Montana, AKA Miley Cyrus.And does she need a hat after a photo spread like the last one ?? And does disliking the Simpson's warrant a lynch mob style tarring and feathering ??

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Is it possible to take a low heat spread over a large area and convert it into a high heat in a small area? For example a normal fireplace can't melt cast iron, but 2 or three create enough energy. Could you concentrate that? (thats just an example, I have a much more brilliant plan) Thanks

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Thats right i have recently built and tested a K'nex Grenade!...so far sooo goood! test it out for yourself i was very impressed w/ its power and spread it is safe enough to carry in a pocket and when u want to use it just pull the pin and throw!

Topic by Knex Lego Maniac   |  last reply

Are there any good break action knex shotguns out there? Answered

I am looking for break action shotgun that preferably uses shells, and hopefully has a decent spread.

Question by travw   |  last reply

knex ak-47 true triger

Well i made sgt's ak-47. i moded it with a true triger. i got his permision to make a instructable on it. spread the good news.i am donehttps://www.instructables.com/id/knex-AK-47/

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Any way to view hit counts for forum topics?

. Is there any way for us users to monitor how many hits a page at Ibles is getting? In particular, I would like to track how many hits Kiteman's Law (spread the word) and similar FAQ pages are getting.. TIA

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What does BONDO short strand fiberglass body filler NOT stick to?

I'm thinking of building a small canoe by making a cheap mold and spreading the fiberglass stuff on it and popping it out. However, it is sticky. Anyone know what the stuff DOES NOT stick to. And perhaps and ideas on making a mold.

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Part 4 of project firestorm

This is where project firestorm differs from alot of other gun series, I am looking for a shotgun for part 4. but ther will be a few conditions:must have a spread of at least 4!must look decent.must have a true triggermust have at least one innovative featureI will be judging on these factors:looksinnovationpiece effectivenessspread ease of useyou must post a video or slideshow of your gun and I will place them here:I will be continuing this until I have found part 4 of project firestorm, the winning gun will have a place on the official slideshow and will be able to use part 4 of project firestorm in its instructable name. I will also favourite and 5* the instructable. so get buildingI may accept one or two other judges, depending on the entries.

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Geology in action: A mid-ocean ridge you can visit on vacation!

UPDATE Jun 2011:  ScienceNews has a very nice feature about Afar, with an excellent narrative summary of items since the current spreading event began in 2005. UPDATE Nov 2009:  Science magazine only keeps their news articles free for a short time.  The link below requires paid access to read.  Wikipedia has an article on the volcano. A news article in this week's (May 2009) Science magazine online reports on a very unusual volcano. Located directly in the center of east Africa's Great Rift Valley, it is spewing a unique kind of lava. The Great Rift Valley is a place where one of Earth's tectonic plates is actively dividing in two -- the eastern tip of Africa and the Arabian peninsula is separating from the rest of Africa. In several million years there will be a brand new ocean (not a "sea") like the Atlantic, and the Great Rift Valley will become its mid-ocean ridge. This African volcano is essentially an example of the undersea volcanoes that run down the spreading center along the middle of the Atlantic (Iceland is a set of them that are above the ocean surface). If you want to see what was happening when the Atlantic Ocean was forming, and Brazil was being broken away from West Africa, go visit Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. ADDED:  Besides the world's only active (on land!) natrocarbonatite volcano, the Great Rift Valley also has examples of sheeted dikes forming and breaking through to the surface.

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9kg worth of Mini Eggs

NO MORE PATCHS! I only get so many... Free Patch Upgrade to Topic! Well, what happens when your in the Cadbury factory, and you got a fresh 10GBP note burning through your pocket.This weekend, I purchased 9kgs worth of Cadbury's Mini Eggs - 10GBP. Original price would have been about 90GBP.So enjoy the pictures.I have also resized and cropped a version to be used as a desktop wallpaper!Download Here.I've eaten two packets worth already, I intend to take the rest and spread the wealth.Through suggestion from Kelsey, I'm spreading the virtual wealth also!Kelsey gets a patch! DOUBLE UPDATE I have now given out 6 patchs! Thats it! all gone! I only get 40 patchs to last me 2 years, used up nearly 8 already...

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MAKEZINE CAN also be HACERZINE? or find a better name for spanish and diferent languages

The message can be spread, the DIY culture could grow if sites like this also had a spanish and french, and other languages versions, it can be 3 inventors working togheter we start with spanish, english and french, 3 friends where ever we are, and send eachother the proyects for translation. (sorry for my spelling)

Question by LGP   |  last reply

Something to build?

Hey knexers ANYTHING KNEX  APART FROM CARS But not too many pieces This includes machines, BM, guns, contraptions I don't really see the point in knex cars, you just push them along Only tell me if its like a REALLY cool car Please spread! Thanks mm8

Question by MegaMetal8   |  last reply

solar panel inside the house

Hi i was watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBWi3NtND68   ( using a bottle filled with water to reflect light inside the house ) may be someone can can use mirrors or magnifier to run a solar panel inside the house and do more than just light . ( heating water , spread lights to other rooms ,cool the house , etc ... ) thanks Michael

Topic by pacbe11   |  last reply

Stop the Kangaroo Killing! (Updated)

Stop the kangaroo killing!Please help, Forward it to everyone in your contact book and spread the word!!Keep kangaroos out of the endangered list!!!This video will keep you off roo bugers for your entire life! If it doesent, I don't know what will. Please sign the petitionRead the petition here and the sign button is down the bottom

Topic by thermoelectric   |  last reply

Does anyone have a PDF on making a motorized scooter that has 3 decent sized wheels, not those dumb skateboard wheels?

I'm rather large and I figure that multiple wheels and a larger diameter would spread the weight distribution better.? I'm also on an extremely tight budget (read, I need to be able to scrounge materials for free), and have limited tools.

Question by javajunkie1976