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kstaron
« on: August 18, 2009 11:57:35 AM »

Decided to attempt the dollar store challenge this month and got my supplies and went to work...

I found 3 cool lightup hair extentions using fiber optics. I was going to put them in a cool little spray bottle body and top it with a fluer -de-lis bottle stopper and use it as a might light in my daughters room. 

I have never done LEDs before. I have never done any wiring before.

I took apart the light up hair, by this I mean I popped out the hair and fiber optic bundle and then tried to pop out the LED.  Then I got a screwdriver and tried tot pop it out or even break the plastic, eventually I had to throw away the whole thing because I trashed the LED trying to get it out.

So back to the dollar store and O got a nifty LED push light with 3 LED's, perfect to pair with the three fiber optic bits I have, so I dismantle that and after alot of figuring I managed to get the the LED's to light up, only the basic circuit board won't fit in the bottle.  So Now I have to get out power tools. The only round out bit I have is too small. And the bottle bottom is made of really thick plastic, no way it's getting cut with anything I have other than the drill. So I have to hold it cause I've no vice or surface and kept thinking I'll be posting this on craft injuries for sure. So its still too small, but I tried to make it work, it looked just big enough for the LEDs to go in if I left the circuit board outside....

In my fanagaling to try to get the LED parts to fit up into the bottle the wires come dismantled from the board.  The electrical tape doesn't work to get it going again and my soldering iron is somewhere in the nether regions of the garage, not that I have a good work surface for it at this point, or that I have ever soldered anything to a circuit board before. But I realized that I didn't have tools needed to either secure the wire to board better or make sure the board was in a more secure space where it wouldn't get rattled around and separate again.  I threw the whole mess in the trash.

I spent hours on this. It was going to be a simple project. It ended up making my morning off being completely wasted.  It was going to be so pretty all purple and pink and glowy.  What really gets me is that it wasn't really the actual electronics that threw me off, It was basic how do you get something in a bottle that's too big for it dilemma. ARG!
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alorralora
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009 05:38:43 PM »

lol! I have days like that.  I guess I can't really come up with any suggestions to your bottle dilemma, as I've never seen a lightup hair doodly thingy before, so am having a hard time understanding it.  Maybe a bigger spray bottle would have worked?
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