Step 1: Gathering The Parts
You're going to need the following supplies for your helping hands.
4 pieces of 6" 12 gauge copper wire segments
4 alligator clips, make sure they are not to strong or to weak, after all they will be your helpers.
1 piece of metal sheeting (you pick your preferred size, ours came out of a project box lid we didn't use)
a 5mm 3.6v LED
a 210 ohm resistor
a 3/4 of an inch pience of plywood the same size as your metal sheet.
a 9v battery
a 9v battery connection
Tinner and Cleaner for your soldering tip
1" x 3/4" pience of PVC pipe.
1 Metal cleaner to scrape extra solder from your gun
1 Altoid Can
1 Lighter Cap
a LOT of aluminum Tape.
Step 2: Getting the hands ready
After you have that soldered youre going to need to place electrical tape around the soldered joint in order to add extra protection and also it makes it look better.
when you have odne those two steps you need to fold the tip inwards onto any direction you want, and then fold the 12 gauge wire 3" from the top.
SEE ILLUSTRATION FOR THIS PROCESS
Step 3: Placing the hands onto the board
We are using the lid to an old project box we bought from radio shack, if you have seen our Coil Gun video we used a project box for that video. if you havent seen it click here
The project box comes with two lids, a metal lid, and a plastic lid, so we used the metal lid since it had pre drilled holes already.
We then placed duck tape on the oposing end to keep our hands in place.
Step 4: Cutting out the base
we found a 3/4" piece of plywood laying around our project and using our DualSaw (tm) we were able to easily cut a rectangular section that matched the same size as our project box lid.
We then drilled a small hole in the center of our lid and into our board and using a screw we made sure that the base was held in place.
Step 5: Adding Extra Stuff
The next step was to grab an old piece of PVC we had left over from our Cryptex project and we wrapped that with alluminum tape to prevent it from being burned by the soldering gun. We left the sticky side of the tape facing upwards and we placed a copper sponge in the center to clean out our tip. (see 3rd picture of our illustration) then we placed that on the side of our base and we used alluminum tape to hold everything down.
We then used an old altoid can we had left around and we flattened the lid of teh altoid can using a hammer. We then wrapped that around the handle of a screw driver to turn it into a cone. and we placed it behind our soldering cleaner
Step 6: Making The LED switch
We then soldered the LED to the 220 ohm resistor and soldered them to the LED holder.
The last step was take a lighter cap and place it on our LED to prevent us from getting flashed when we were soldering, the LED is very bright.
Step 7: Finished Product
we finally finished our project and tested it out, the results were amazing!
We hope you liked our instructable :)