With Halloween around the corner, and my crafting abilities still quite noobish, I had to devise a way to slap together a quick arc reactor. I wanted it to look good beneath and/or coming through a t-shirt.
Reactors that lie under your shirt only work well when they're thin. Like many first attempts, I knew mine would probably be thick and clunky. This one actually ended up glued to a shirt through a hole in the front. For the next model, I am going to make it thinner, use professionally machined/cut materials, and an internal power supply.
1. When plans to have plexiglass cut via laser fell through, I went up to Jo-Ann's and bought this thin, easy-to-cut plastic.
2. Miscellaneous drain/sink parts (Lowes), key rings (Lowes), a plastic puck (for moving heavy furniture - Lowes), and copper craft wire (Michael's). The metal strainer in the top-right of the photo wound up not being used.
3. Battery-powered LED lights (Amazon).
4. Thin foam with adhesive back (Michael's).
5. Elastic strap, XS buckle, clasps (Jo-Ann's).
6. I cut circles and rings from the plastic to fit into the sink ring. The plastic was semi-transparent, so it helped to diffuse the light.
7. Stacked rings + foam + wire. It's not perfect, but it's quick-n-dirty. Cutting perfect rings from plastic, even with razors and guides, is not easy!
8-9. I tried to make a vent with plastic, but I failed spectacularly. I then made it out of the foam. In all, the reactor is coming together. I glued coffee filters underneath all of the plastic cutouts to further diffuse the light.
11. ...and turned on. I'm finally done. I ended up covering the lights trailing outside of the reactor with black foam. In all, it's good enough for a night of trick-or-treating. The next one will be a lot better (especially since I plan to cheat and have the glass rings and vent cut by laser)!