You kind of need to forget what an LED Throwie is to follow these instructions properly. So try to imagine you've never heard of an LED Throwie, or how it's put together, and then follow the directions below. There are intentionally no images associated with these instructions.
One objective with this technique is to get people to build different things while always staying within the same constraints.
- DC Light Source
- Portable DC Power Supply (Strong enough to power light source)
- Binding agent or material
- Tool, material or hardware for discriminant placement
- With your DC light source selected, plug it into your portable DC power supply and ensure that it is powered.
- While it's lit, determine if you like the color/diffusion the light source has, and if not, change it.
- Coloring: There are many inks, paints or gels you can use to alter the appearance of your light (be sure to use inks/paints/gels that can withstand whatever temperatures your light may emit).
- Diffusing: There are lots of techniques to diffuse a surface, depending on what it is. If you're light source has a glass casing, you can use a glass etching cream to give it that diffused look.
- Using the binding agent or material you selected, bind your light source and power source together, so that your light source is always powered. Ensure you bind your parts together well, you don't want flickering lights, or lights to unplug.
- Now attach the tool, material or hardware you choose to discriminatingly place your object around.
- An important note on discriminant placement: It's difficult to find a method to attach your object to any and every surface you happen across, while also allowing you to remove it and attach it to another surface without leaving permanent damage. Depending on the size and weight of your light and power source, let that inform how and where you attach it to things. Perhaps your technique for placement is to blend it into the background so it looks like it's supposed to be there. Using bricks, wood, or other materials that are common in the area. If you want to hang it up higher, you might use a nail and only stick it to tree's in public spaces. There are many options, so think about where you want to place it, then think about how you're going to place it there.
- If you want to put your piece in a public place, try to find times when no one is around, or do your best to look professional and be ready to answer questions when someone asks what you're doing. Maybe the city is looking into crowding in this location, and a camera in the building across the street needs to keep track shadows walking across this light to tally the number of people walking past in a day. Get creative, it's fun!