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Quick 'n Dirty Arc Reactor by TheAL Quick 'n Dirty Arc Reactor by TheAL
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.

10. Finished...

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)!
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GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student General Artist
this is so creative, I love the idea!
I'm just not sure if I can do it...
TheAL Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super easy to pull off. Go onto amazon and search for battery powered LED lights. Everything else can be found at any major retailer. Craft copper wire + mesh + black craft foam + plastic furniture puck + key rings. Use hot glue and voila. The only thing I had a hard time finding were the super thin sheets or clear plastic. I got the one in the very first image from Jo-Ann Fabric.
GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!
I'll have to try later.
Exclaire Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can please please please make a video tutorial for this?
Please please please?
AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
What is the silver thing with no hole, that looks like a lid...? I can not find it on the internet anywhere. Can you send me a link or something, so i know where i can buy one from? Please...
AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
In picture 2. The silver thing in the middle on the left. What is that and What is it called?
It looks amazing! Keep up with the great work! :)
TheAL Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most everything in that photo is a piece to a kitchen sink fixture. The ring sits at the base of the faucet, the other piece is part of a drain. The rings are just keyrings.
AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So the silver, plain ring thing, in the middle of the photo on the left, is a part of a kitchen sink?
Would you mind sending me a link, or a link to buy it on ebay, amazon, etc... so that i can buy one please, i can't find any here in the UK... Please and Thank You. Keep up with the great work, can't wait to see more! :)
TheAL Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you mean this: [link] - that is a plastic furniture puck with the rubber removed. It's tan/brown, not silver. Like this: [link]
AlexXe666 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's the one i was talking about, thanks for the help and info!
mgrimmjaw92 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I am going to wear that all the time and when people ask "What is that light on your chest", I will say "I am Iron Man!"
TheAL Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wore it all day on Halloween. Not a single person mentioned Iron Man, and no one asked me what it was. I got a lot of dirty stares, though. The 'I ❤ Nerds' fad has always been a complete joke.
ayucyruz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I have the sudden urge to outfit one of my rooms with several of these.
JRigh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Brilliant! Not noobish at at. lol :love:
nikolass83gianni Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:toocool: ... :star::star::star::star::star: AWESOME :star::star::star::star::star: ... :iconfav3dplz: ... :iconthumbsupplz:
LukasKokoska Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Toothiana Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Amazing! If I had the time, i'd make one of these c:
Great job! :la:
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