Mad Scientist Shrink Ray





Introduction: Mad Scientist Shrink Ray

About: I'm a mad scientist that's not so much bent on world domination, but just to get rid of those pesky skateboarder kids down the street who can't seem to figure out that when a car comes...GET OUT OF THE WAY!!...

What mad scientist's laboratory is complete without a Shrink Ray? Answer: None. So whether you just need to make all of your worldly possessions fit inside a matchbox, or bring your enemies down to size, you need a Shrink Ray.
So you've searched all the pawn shops and flea markets in the area and you just can't seem to find one; seems like its up to you to build one for yourself. Luckily, you found this Instructable to show you just how to build one. To start, here's a list of materials you'll need: Adjustable Lamp, Vaccuum Cleaner Motor (or other similar motor), Assortment of Springs(optional), Cambell's Soup Can, And anything that you think would be cool(it is your Shrink Ray, so get creative). Now, the materials list seems kinda short, but that's because you have to figure out what you want on your Shrink Ray; however, I will tell ya'll what I used as we go.

Step 1: Prepare Your Lamp

Part One: Take the lamp completely apart(or at least mostly). Since it's an adjustable lamp there should be some sort of weight in the base; your'e gonna want to keep this because it's the only thing that's gonna keep your Shrink Ray from flipping over and completely destroying all your hard work. Obviously, it's important. Part Two: Reassemble the lamp, but leave out the insides(this includes the power cord, we dont want anyone trying to actually plug this thing in!). Sorry, no pictures... I made this after I built the Ray, but you can figure it out can't you?

Step 2: Assemble the "Business End"

Here's where ya'll get creative. You don't have to use the parts I used, but that's what I built it out of; therefore, that's what I'm going to talk about. Part One: You absolutely HAVE to build this part first. DO NOT try to build your Ray directly on the lamp. Failure is inevitable due to the unstable nature of the lamp. Take your Vaccuum Cleaner Motor or whatever you chose and attatch the "Concentrator"(that dish shaped piece on ray guns towards the end)to it. The Concentrator should be the transition between the motor and the "barrel" of the Ray assembly. I used hot glue being as that's what I had. If your looking at Instructables you probably own a hot glue gun and it shouldn't be a problem. Part Two: Now assemble the barrel. I used a clear plasic rod I found in a fax machine and the tip of a laser pointer. You can use a metal rod or pipe and a pen tip if you want. Feel free to experiment, since it's hot glue you can always tear it apart and try again(usually). Then, attatch the barrel to the concentrator.

Step 3: Attatch the Ray to the Base

Now you have to use your brain. OMG NOT MY BRAIN! Yes, you will actually have to think. I don't know what kind of lamp you got so I can't really help you out here. My lamp had a reflective plate(which I used as the concentrator) that screwed into the lamp. I put a hole in a soup can and just scewed it on. (the soup can also serves as a transition between the ray and the base, which would be only aestetic on some lamps, and essential on others) Then, I hot glued the motor's fan to the can, thus connecting the ray to the base.

Step 4: Take Over the World!!!

Now you can shrink stuff YAY!! Your lab is one step closer to completion. You mayalso decide to add switches and controls to the base, or just leave it like it is...your choice. Thanks for viewing my instructable (it's my first) and I hope y'all's Shrink Rays turn out nice!



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    115 Discussions

    Can you shrink a person?

    I don't know how to build a shrink ray I wanted to do something with the shrink ray like shrink big things to make it small and normal

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    I believe it's real I like to be scientist and build something and make something Experiment I just draw my art watch Nikolai Tesla all the time and Benjamin Franklin all the people

    Loving this shrink ray. Beautiful machinery. It fits my personality perfectly. Just wish it was portable. Got to use it on enimies, you know what I mean ya'll. Gotta blast!

    Well it took some modifying and a bit more money, but i made it. It works as much as i expected. $268 in materials. Hooked it up to a 6500 generator. Ive done some "things" and im very pleased. Guess who is getting revenge on people. This guy. Thank you. You have no idea what kind of breakthrough this is for me. Im taking it to my science professor monday.

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    okay, i just read through the comments and realized, itdoesnt work??!!!! i'm a nerd for believing in shrink rays. :'( (bummin)... okay well anyway, nobody reply to that last comment beacause i answered my own question, but thx anyway for not answering, lol

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    No i dont think so me and my friend was really gonna shrik ourselves and we thought it was legit maybe there is a such thing a real shrink ray that we don't know about

    Can you buy this invention at any website? if so, where

    Does it work or it is just a fake?because if it does not work i will try to create one that works.

    well too bad it is only a model but it is a good model anyways!!!!          signed: my photo                                                                                                                         


    your creation is the best!! i love it and soon ill change my picture to a bed!!

    my question, this is the most important to me: does it actually positively work? I have to know before i try!!!!!!!!!!! if, you've tried it and it worked please reply. :)

    can things you shrink with the shrink ray turn back to normal size