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Old 02-06-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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Tape Creations...

I might as well make a home for my tape creations here.

Here are my former posts on the subject.
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:21 PM   #2
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My latest is a bit more complicated. I added blinky lights.

I got the circuit diagram from here, blew the dust off of my Electrical Engineering class equipment, and made several trips to Radio Shack. CAT5 cable conveniently has enough wires for a ground, 3 pairs of alternating blinkers, and one always-on light, so I put an ethernet socket in the project enclosure.

Here are the resulting electronics, with the enclosure open and closed.
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:26 PM   #3
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At the bottom of the second photo above, you can see a Radio Shack Adaptaplug, and an indicator light. The light is green when the plug is attached correctly, red if it's in backwards. Adaptaplug, for some reason, decided not to design it in a way that prevents incorrect attachments.

Anyway, I soldered my LEDs to the other end of the ethernet cable, and wrapped it with tape. Then I started constructing a spiky ball around the end.
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:27 PM   #4
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And here it is completed, with flash and without.
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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Oh wow! That is soooo cool!
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Old 02-06-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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Here's one that's not blinky, but it is lit, and is on a cool marble pillar.
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Old 02-06-2005, 03:08 PM   #7
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Oh wow! That is soooo cool!
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:02 PM   #8
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Excellent, HM. Good photography too.
The indicator light changes color with polarity? Cool.
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Old 02-06-2005, 08:24 PM   #9
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Very cool.
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Old 02-06-2005, 08:53 PM   #10
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Thanks!

Radio Shack helped a bit by selling an LED that changes color with polarity.

And, as it seems to be a question that cropped up every so often in the Art Gallery, here's how I color them:
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:07 PM   #11
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OK, how did you get a streak of color on the outside of the pen barrel? Second marker of the same color?
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:03 PM   #12
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It's on a strip of tape that I colored and then stuck on.
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Old 03-28-2005, 04:48 PM   #13
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I've got a new one with blinky lights that I'm very happy with. I'd like to make an animated GIF out of a short AVI I took with my digital camera. Any advice on good, reputable, shareware/freeware software to do so?
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Old 03-30-2005, 02:41 PM   #14
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Too cool. It looks like a couple of the ones you gave as gifts were ornaments. This makes me think that, now since you have the technology to light up your sculptures, you need to make a string of christmas lights with these. Blinky ones would be so awesome. You could sell them, and give 10% to charity (aka The Cellar). I'll be the first to put my order in for 3 strings, on the house of course since this was my idea ...
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Old 03-30-2005, 02:49 PM   #15
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I would buy one.

BTW, those are really cool.
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