Let the Stones glow

Adding LED light to the PP Hordes Shifting Stones (Circle of Orboros)

 

Let me show You the way to get there on a budget

 It’been a while since I’ve added some content here. So: new Year – new projects 😉
A friend of mine is playing Circle and I was looking for a birthday present for him. I’ve decided to do some modeling work and painting on a unit he is using (sadly enough) quite often. I hope he will be happy with it…..

Now for the interesting part why You are here for (I guess)

The light source

I went to alocal drugstore and bought a set of 4 LED candles for just 3,99 EUR. Including batteries.

 

cheap pack of 4 candles incl. batteries

 I wasn’t sure about the type of switch. But luckily it turned out that there is a common switch. Some candles use a sensorlike switch on the button. So they would turn on as soon as You place them them. Not a good choice to save battery life during storage…..
The light is more a dark yellow but with a flickering effect which is quite nice as an ancient arcane glowing.
You’ll need to get the guts out of them. Be carefull to not touch the battery on both sides often. This will reduce the battery life. 

Just follow these steps. They surely differ from candle type to candle type. 

 

one of them

  

take off the “flame”. This will release the LED.

      
    
 

Battery compartement

   

 

Brute force attack to get to the core….

 
 

cut away the plastic noses which keep the switch in place

 
 

there we go: the inner part. Already wired 🙂

 
 

the battery clip is too high to fit under the base. cut it a bit it will fit.

 
That’s it for the preparation of the elctronics. No soldering. 

Up to the next part:

The Base

I used a standard PP 30mm base. But we need some additional prep work on it to get the switch and the battery in place.

 

a 30mm PP base (what a surprise…..)

  

cut a hole for the battryclip attached to the switch

 

 

the battry clip fits into the hole. Just a dry fit

  
  

to leave enough space for the battery I removed the plastic around the slot

 
   

before and after

  

the lid under the switch should be sanded for a better fit

  
 
   

the good and cheap IKEA corc thick enough to hold the swich and the LED

  

mark the dimensions

  

thick enough

  

cut

  
  

done

  

fits

  

now the upper side

  

pre cutting to get sharp edges

   

removing unwanted corc

  

carefull now. The corc might break as we have now a big hole. Big enough to put the switch through and big enough to easily break…..

  

wiring almost done

   

  
   

   

 Preparing the Stone


Now for the hardest part. Drilling a hole up to the middle of the Stone. Be very carefull to keep the drillbit in the right angle. Use a low speed drill. I drilled a 4mm hole and enlarged it to 6mm to fit in the LED.

The runes can be drilled with less then 0,5mm drills. 

   
 
   
 
  
  
  
  
   
   
Done !!

  

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