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« on: September 09, 2007 07:41:07 AM »

I made these after seeing the ones that were sold at Blizzcon. I made 2 sizes, one for pendant, one for keyring, and I was thinking of making a smaller one for  cell phone charm.

The next stage of development is hollowing out the inside and using "clear" polymer and installing a blue LED into it so it actually glows >.<

Whatcha think about these?


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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007 11:17:22 AM »

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The next stage of development is hollowing out the inside and using "clear" polymer and installing a blue LED into it so it actually glows >.<

Cool idea!  Would you do the hollowing after the clay is baked, or make the bead hollow, or at least sorta hollow, before baking?

The main problem I understand about using LED's is the power & cord... how would you handle those?  Or would you use an LED with a button battery?  If so, how would you turn it off and on, or would you just leave it on till the batt. died (some of the colored LEDs do last a pretty long time!).

There's a bit of info about using LED's with polymer clay on this page of my site if you want to check it out too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
(... click on Fiber Optic Strands & LED's...)


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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007 02:14:14 PM »

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The next stage of development is hollowing out the inside and using "clear" polymer and installing a blue LED into it so it actually glows >.<

Cool idea!  Would you do the hollowing after the clay is baked, or make the bead hollow, or at least sorta hollow, before baking?

The main problem I understand about using LED's is the power & cord... how would you handle those?  Or would you use an LED with a button battery?  If so, how would you turn it off and on, or would you just leave it on till the batt. died (some of the colored LEDs do last a pretty long time!).

There's a bit of info about using LED's with polymer clay on this page of my site if you want to check it out too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
(... click on Fiber Optic Strands & LED's...)


Diane B.

My idea was to make it in 2 parts, around a metal core so that it can be removed after baking, and  then use an LED throwie type of arrangement.
http://www.instructables.com/id/E9D2ZJ3FG0EP286JEJ/

This would fit in nicely and if i engineered it correctly, i could replace it easily.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2007 02:53:20 PM »

Hah. That is such an awesome idea. My Boyfriend/Dad/Me (we all play WoW) had the idea of gathering River Rocks, since we live in very rural Oregon, painting/hollowing them to make them into hearthstones. I never even thought of sculpey..  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007 09:46:05 AM »

Very interesting page.. I'd never heard of "throwies" before. It would be great to be able to use LED's in all kinds of ways with polymer clay though, so I'd definitely like to understand more. 

So I'm still a little confused about battery life (and DH/physicist is still asleep so can't go to my usual source of info).  That site seemed to say that the lithium coin batteries would last only 2 weeks or so if continuously on (though I thoughts they lasted many more hrs than that).
 I did read these suggestions at wikipedia though... would you plan on doing any of these things?

....Adding an on/off switch or a pull tab can prolong battery life.

...Flashing LEDs, effectively blinkies, can also improve battery life.

...Photoresistors have been used to limit or turn off the circuit in the throwie when light is shone on them, this can save battery power dramatically.

And would you try to make one of the bead halves removable, or would you try to leaving some part sticking out or just pressed in temporarily so you could remove it later to replace?


Diane B.

P.S.  Sounds like you have a method in mind for making the items hollow, but if you're interested in other ways it's been done with clay, check out these pages:


http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
(... click on Lentil, under "Hollow" esp....)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/vessels_rock-alum.foil.htm
(...look under Making or Finding Your Own Form... Small Container Vessels... Websites (for examples)....)


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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007 09:53:59 AM »

These are so cute the way they are (although the glow would be awesome too).  My husband and I both play, I want to make them to put on our keychains!
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007 03:53:41 PM »

Those are so awesome!  I love Warcraft.  XD  Warcraft + crafts = all kinds of cool.  I'd like to see a pic of them glowing when you get it worked out  :3
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007 07:42:47 PM »

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Husband wants one for Xmas!
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007 10:10:50 PM »

You can use packing peanuts as a center. They have to be the cornstarch ones... They are sold at Hobby Lobby in big colorful packages for kids projects.

dampen your hands slightly and mash some together to form your base. Leave a small opening or you can cut it in half after baking. Wash with water and the peanuts dissolve leaving it hollow.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2007 03:59:19 PM »

Love your hearthstones! They are brilliant! Another WoW fan here, me and OH play it all the time, hearthstone keyrings would be awesome! What about ones with say the alliance or horde symbols on, that'd be cool.
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