|Project by Dragonstaar||posted 09-15-2010 04:07 AM||2177 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
OK – these photos document the second phase of the Cocobolo techno-geek wand. A friend of mine provides the mysterious internal workings.
Prior to turning, the ends of the blank were drilled to match the widest part of the electronic components. A small hole was drilled (using a REALLY long bit) connecting the two compartments for wiring.
After turning was completed, holes were drilled on the sides of the handle to accept brass touchplates (complete with mystical symbols) that, when both are touched, complete an electrical connection to light up the wand. Battery & logic board are placed in a brass tube, covered with a brass button, inserted into handle and secured with a small brass screw.
The point accommodates a circuit board with a total of 9 different colored LED diodes (3 for the crystal and 3 each for the two side lights). Placement holes were drilled on the sides where genuine moonstones will be attached (moonstones are transparent enough to show changing colors of the LEDs). A quartz crystal was fixed into a brass sleeve using clear epoxy, then slid into place over the LEDs.
Oh yeah, and through a magical process completely unknown to me, a small computer chip is programmed to drive each set of LED diodes independently, and somehow all this is wired up to make this beautifully geeky wand. Or is that geekily beautiful?
All that remains is setting the moonstones and making a low-light video showing the lights in action.
-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA