Gauntlet of Light




i know there are a few people that made these but i havent seen any that gave a full instructable (from what i found) on how to build them so i made one myself. i got this ible from lftndbt's Glove of Power and wanted to expand on it

i made two versions of this glove and i am posting the newest one (they werent that much different. the older version had shorter power wires and had extra connections in case i wanted to add other lights to it)

and bear with me since this is my first instructable.

this instructable cost about $30 but thats because the gloves i bought were like $25, buy ones you know you wont really much care for.

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Step 1: Materials

-5 LEDs (white in this ible, but can be a color of your choice as long as you know what voltage it runs at) (salvaged from a string of christmas LED lights i had, got these last year at target but can also get probably at kmart and walmart)
-a pair of gloves (i got mines at lowes but they dont have to be this brand which cost me $25)
-Wire (prefer speaker wire that looks like a single wire but has copper wire as negative and another wire inside the outer shield that is also insulated which is positive; salvaged out of an old speaker system)
-Switch (mine was a SPDT but it acted as a SPST; radioshack $3)
-Heat Shrink

-Soldering iron
-Heat Sink (pliers would work)
-Strong glue

Optional Materials for Battery Holder:
-3/4" copper pipe
-3/4" copper cap
-3/4" copper female end
-3/4" male end
-piece of material to strap the battery holder (velcro would work)

Step 2: Getting Ready

First thing to do is to decide where you want to put the leds on the glove. I decided to put mines behind the edge of the fingertip.

i used a pointed but not sharp tip tool to poke holes in the glove. the picture below shows where i put the holes.

Insert the tool into the glove and find the spot you want the hole. Then start twisting and applying pressure to get the fibers to move to create the hole. Dont shove it unless you know the material can easily move apart. AND MAKE SURE YOUR FINGERS ARE NOT IN THE WAY!

sry about the pic, i rush through the project and forgot to take pics so sry if the pic doesnt seem to correspond with the instructions.

Step 3: Wiring

Now its time to set up the wires. this will be a little more difficult depending if you made my mistake or not. my mistake was i soldered the wires together before putting them through the holes in the glove. so i suggest put the wires through before soldering them together

its easier to feed the wires from the outside so tape one end and feed the other into the finger and then after getting it through, tape the other end. again i rushed through this and forgot to take pics so bear with me. (make sure you have enough wire to work with!) do this to all the fingers.

after getting all the fingers set with wires, strip the wires and combine all the non-shielded wires together and the same with the shielded (if you are using the double wire im using) if your using a single shielded wire, then youll have to mark which is + and which is - and have 2 wires going through the hole instead of one.

then solder a switch to either the + or - ( depending on what type of battery you use, i would put the switch in a place where you can reach it easily but is also not in your way. in this case i had it next the the battery pack) and since i did this i extended the wire from the glove to the upper part of the arm where the battery will be strapped. add a resistor or resistors as you wish since i didnt add any.

the next step will show how to make a battery holder for a Li-ion battery.

Step 4: Optional: Battery Canister

this is optional since i thought AA or AAA would be too much of a hassle to keep buying and i wanted to put the Li-ion to use since i salvaged them from (what i thought was) a dead laptop battery.

i forgot to take measurements on how long the copper pipe was sry.

take the male screw cap and tape the top of the it (if it has a hole going through it), then get some glue (doesnt matter what as long as it non-conductive) and fill the hole and let it set. this will keep the battery from shorting itself when screwing the cap on. after it sets, drill a hole at the top ( assuming that is it a through hole) and find a screw or bolt and 2 nuts. put the bolt/screw in the hole, the head being inside the cap. cut the bolt to length as you see fit. then put one nut on and tighten it. then take the second one and screw it on but dont tighten it since this will keep the wire from moving when you add it.

take the end cap ( non-threaded) and drill a hole at the bottom. then pop rivet a spring with a washer to hold it in place( if the spring starts to move around, then roll up a little bit of light solder and melt it at the bottom with a blow torch (and heating the bottom of the cap from the outside, not inside because it might melt the spring!!!.) before soldering the pieces together, find how long the pipe has to be to make sure the battery makes contact with the spring and the screw cap (about 1-3" from the top of the battery) and be able to screw securely. after cutting the pipe to length, start soldering the parts together ( not the male threaded cap)

Step 5: Setting Up the LEDs

now its time to add the LEDs

take the wire from the outside of the finger and remove the tape. add some heat shrink first to cover the whole thing and a shorter one to cover one of the 2 power wires. then solder the LED to the wires (shielded= +, bare= - ) make sure to heat sink the LED or it will overheat and not work. then shrink the tube to protect the exposed wires. do this to each of the fingers

then after getting all LEDs solder, work the wires back into the glove until the back of the LEDs are flush with the material.

Step 6: Strapping the Battery Holder

now take the strap and strap the battery cartridge to the upper part of your arm where it wont stand out as much.

Step 7: Done!

now your have the Gauntlet of Light! the extended wire from the glove to the upper arm helps get more flexibility from using your hand when wearing them.

the lights seem scary when you start moving your fingers in a wave pattern cause it freaked my brother out when i did it. wear these to scare your friends on halloween or use them as a hands-on but also hands-free flashlight.

good luck and have fun!!!!

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    11 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 7

    When you say you salvaged the LED lights from a string of lights, do you mean like LED Christmas lights? Also, it would help if you said where you can get these materials, as they're not very common for people who don't normally make things like this glove.

    3 replies
    KT GadgetRokarikos

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    yes they were from christmas lights. i bought them at target but you can get them probably at walmart or kmart usually. these leds were from a string that cost $20 last year but this year the prices on led christmas lights have been going down. this time i bought icicle style led lights for $14 i think at kmart to replace our older sets. but yea you can get them now at any of those stores. i know kmart has them but i havent checked the rest.

    RokarikosKT Gadget

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    Also, once you get the wires through each finger, how do you solder them all together? And how would the process for regular batteries (AA, AAA, 9V) differ?

    KT GadgetRokarikos

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    the reason i said to extend the wires past the wrist is so yo have some leg room when soldering them together with a soldering iron. basically the battery i was using is a 3.7v li-ion battery (which at full charge is 4v), meaning that i needed to wire the LEDs in parallel. in my pictures it shows it in parallel (all positive wires connected together and all negatives together.) all you have to do is flip back the wrist end of the glove if you think you dont have enough room and the solder them together as long as you dont pull the wires out of the fingers, as said in the ible. now if i was to use a 9v, then i would have to figure out which ones to wire up in paralell and which ones in series(+ - + - and so on in series) and also figure out if any of them needed a resistor to drop the voltage. any of the 1.5v batteries fill be find in the setup i gave in the instructable because each LED requires around 3.5v to power it to almost full brightness (as you can see in my pics it is brighter than the recommended voltage but there easy to replace.) however, you need 2 of them to power it (meaning getting a battery pack that hold 2) which to me somewhat takes the challenge out of the ible since i wanted to use li-ion batteries. but its up to you how you want to power it.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice to see someone do an I'ble on these. But technically mine was an I'ble also, even though it was a slideshow... :P Did you get the idea from me? Given that you have used the exact same gloves and inserted them in the knuckle guards also. No big deal, just a lil' credit would be nice if you did. ;)

    3 replies
    LftndbtKT Gadget

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the credit!! Good show!! Were you the person I was speaking to in my thread?? How do you find them? Do they work well?

    KT Gadgetac1D

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    there is a switch that was added to mines, but yea you can get one of the multiple DIP switches and be able to control multiple colors at once