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Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:45 pm
by Nicholas Lee
steampunk destroyer shanty?

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:59 pm
by metis
big led..... coudl be fun... inflatable...... can you generate a current from lake water using differing metal leads?

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:09 pm
by noise
metis wrote:big led..... coudl be fun... inflatable...... can you generate a current from lake water using differing metal leads?


A was noticing that a large part of the shanty we were going to rescue was plastic sheeting, wrap that around a frame add an anode and cathode, light from inside (perhaps with changing colors for the RGB led effect). Would look pretty impressive.

Kind of dependent on darkness to look good though.

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:01 pm
by DanBackslide
I like the idea someone (don't remember who) had at the last meetup -- have a bunch of supplies for making throwies/blinky bugs/some other blinky light thing. Making LED things inside a big LED...

Then, when darkness falls, bucketloads of blinky things on ice! A blinky thing parade!

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:19 pm
by Theo
DanBackslide wrote:Then, when darkness falls, bucketloads of blinky things on ice!

One wrinkle, though--everything has to be cleaned up. No trace left behind, nothing getting dumped in the lake once the ice breaks up. (I was thinking somewhat along these lines too, last meetup.) So whatever we deploy will need to be retrievable, and the easier the better; chipping stuff out of the top layer of ice on teardown day would be miserable.

Now, a constellation of LEDs above the ice, somehow...?

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:22 pm
by noise
Could you freeze a bunch of leds into a block of ice. Probably have to wire them all together and power externally though.

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:36 pm
by Theo
noise wrote:Could you freeze a bunch of leds into a block of ice.
Sure, not a problem.

noise wrote:Probably have to wire them all together and power externally though.
Wait, you want to freeze them in ice AND light them up? That's different.
;)
Actually, external power shouldn't be necessary. If you can keep the circuit waterproof somehow, end-to-end, then keeping a battery and a position switch waterproof is no harder. (Lithium batteries, though, since they're not affected by cold the way alkalines are.) A bunch of clear shrink-tubing of various inner diameters would be useful in sealing stuff up, along with hot glue. Then your big block of glowy ice could be turned on, simply by turning it upright; you could put a ball bearing in a tube with contacts at one end for this. You could even use a mercury switch salvaged from an old-style thermostat, if you're careful enough.

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:02 pm
by noise
OK, didn't know that about lithium batteries. If that's the case you could just make a bunch of potted throwies (w/o the magnet of course) and freeze them in the block.

How long do throwies last, never made one.

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:18 pm
by Theo
noise wrote:How long do throwies last, never made one.

Dunno, but I bet it's even longer if you include a switch. ;)

Re: Art Shanty harvest this weekend!

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:27 pm
by DanBackslide
Theo wrote:
DanBackslide wrote:Then, when darkness falls, bucketloads of blinky things on ice!

One wrinkle, though--everything has to be cleaned up. No trace left behind, nothing getting dumped in the lake once the ice breaks up.

I was thinking people could take their blinkies home with them. But it'd be cool to gather them together just after sunset, a whole crowd of people with their little lights.