Resistor Man




Introduction: Resistor Man

About: I like microcontrollers and LEDs :D

Create this cool piece of art from your electronic parts bin.

This makes the perfect christmas present!
I have given it to many people over the years, and they all loved it!
To guys, it's a really cool gadget. And for girls, it makes a nice piece of decorative art :)
Even my mom loves them.

Please rate it, if you like it :)

Step 1: Components

You'll need:

8 resistors.
1 large resistor, or some other large long component with connectors in both ends. A capacitor might do, but they tend to have soft legs.. IC's might be cool also.. use your imagination.
1 led, or other component suitable for posing as a head.
1 scrap circuit board. The one I used once held the pwr and hdd leds in a computer.

Step 2: Upper Body

Connect the arms and head to the torso.

Step 3: Legs and Hips

Now, create his legs.
Make sure to give him hips, the first one I made, didn't get them, and he looked kinda strange.

Step 4: Connect to Ground

He now needs to be firmly connected to both ground and Vcc :p

Once he is connected, bend him into a comfortable position and place him where he belongs, on top of your monitor.

If he doesn't work (as in walk, talk, eat, sleep and take over the world), please consult the circuit diagram and check if you've missed something :)

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hi, good one, take a look here:
i am doing this kind of scrapping for years now

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you are interesting man,i like to see this talented electronics art.if you need some parts ,i think i can help.


you are interesting man,i like to see this talented electronics art.if you need some parts ,i think i can help.

i love these things!!!!!! ive made three large ones now, and given one away. all my friends love them!! check out my most recent ones:P

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wow!! you can sell them to Marvel :D :D

I thought of something this morning that might be nice to make for someone!

If you would take verry low resistors for the arms, and connect 1 arm to the cathode and 1 arm to the anode you could glue a little battery (buttonbattey' to both of the `hands´ and than when he claps his hands the LED would light up.

cuz a battery is 1,5V so 2 of them in series would make 3Volt that´s exactley enough for a LED to light up.

make sure the battery´s both point in the same direction

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made a picture to (hopefully) explain it better.

Let me know if you made one! i'll be glad to see the results.

and sorry for my lack of english writing hehe..


This is my little resistor/capacitor man, He'll light up when the button is pressed and than stays on for about 2 seconds and slowely fades out.

the shematic is pretty simple, leave a comment if you'd like to see it cheers!


Here I present my Skater Resistor man. The skate is an old non-working pen drive.

My Resistor man has the property that, if he holds a battery with both hands (and the right polarity) the heads light up :)


Here's my try on the Resistor Man, I've used parts found on old electronics.

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i made one of a guy under a street lamp with an led in the lamp i'll post a pic as soon as i take it

the thing for the chain is called a sprocket I think?

how long did that take to build?!

2nd request:
What wattage soldering iron do you use? Or is it an electric gun?
Where do you buy your resistors? They seem to have thicker leads.

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the irons generally reach the same temperature, the wattage is how much stuff it can heat up before having a lower temperature
the resistors seem like ones I got from radio shack, though, if you're talking about the finished sculpture, then my guess is that the added thickness is a few leads twisted together, along with a small bit of solder.