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#45918
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Your avatar pic is truly perfect. You are indeed a mad scientist!!!
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#45919
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
biowizard, those are super awesome! I'm a bit envious that you were able to make them portable. I didn't invest enough time to look for an appropriate battery to make my piece a stand alone like your pieces are. Very impressive.

The only thing I would have done different would be to make each crystal cluster look a bit different from each other (like on mine, one cluster is small with two fingers, one cluster has many fingers all standing straight up vertically, one is more spread out, etc.). But that's just me. There's no denying that the ones you did are fantastic. And the fact that each one can be any colour is a bonus. Kudos. I actually bought some of those BlinkM's a while ago, but I've been working on some other DF mod projects lately that I haven't had time to bust 'em out yet.

Would you be willing to post the links to the vendor for the batteries and the charger (I'm still too lazy to do that research!)

Thanks
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#45920
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
You truly are a wizard! After reading all the steps that went into preparing these crystals I’m even more impressed (and I was pretty dang impressed to begin with).

Thanks for taking the time to provide such detailed instructions. The creation of the crystal clusters seems pretty straightforward, albeit time consuming. However, I think I’ll need to do a lot more research before I’d be confident enough to attempt the lighting.
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#45924
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Arcarius2001, I assure you I'm a "sane enough" scientist. I am just sufficiently mad to dare trying a few complex D&D hobby projects!

Richens, here are the links requested.
-The Lipo rider: www.seeedstudio.com/depot/lipo-rider-p-710.html?cPath=155 (Also, I forgot to mention that you need at least one Micro JST 2-Pin Connector Plug spaced at 2 mm and a little soldering if you want to hook your LiPo bateries to it!)



-The smallest size yet powerful enough LiPo battery I found: do a "2X 3.7V 200mAh RC LiPo Battery SH 6020-1 S026 20C" search on eBay. Its dimensions are 30mm x 20mm x 5mm.

-I agree totally regarding the similarities between the clusters. However different I arranged their angles between them, they ended up quite similar. Also, I forgot to mention it but one of the reasons I kept the crystals separate from the LED pieces is that I could always do some more crystals pieces later integrated within a small flat cavern piece in a different fashion, without the need to redo the more complex LED-containing part. Finally, I choose to do big crystal clusters first because these will spread more light to start with and drilling a big "cone" in these pieces and filling it with lots of crystals is much easier then drilling a few small crystal-specific holes (as yours).

Feymous, you could probably have finished most steps of such a project within a long weekend as you did for painting your bookshelves. Don't give up!
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#45932
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Just Awesome! Those crystals get a Quadruple YOU ROCK THE FREE WORLD!!!!

I liked them so much I will attempt this myself in July. I was a programmer early in my career before I discovered I could sell stuff instead of making stuff which in my case has been great for me the last 19 years. So with that said I would love your script. I should be able to decipher it and explain what is happening. Who knows I might be able to play with it and come up with some cool effects. I would like to create a blue to green glow for a few minutes and then jump to a beating red heart. Nothing like an unexpected add on to an add on for the game. The players will go crazy.

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#45967
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Shadox,

Thanks for the YRTFW again! On the BlinkM main page, you can download a ZIP file containing "Example codes". Within the Arduino 1.0.1 software, I opened the file "Factory reset" Arduino script that has the following code:

/*
* BlinkMFactoryReset --
*/

#include "Wire.h"
#include "BlinkM_funcs.h"

byte blinkm_addr = 0x09;

// stolen from blinkm_nonvol_data.h
blinkm_script_line script0_lines[] = {
{ 1, {'f', 10,0x00,0x00}},
{100, {'c', 0xff,0xff,0xff}},
{ 50, {'c', 0xff,0x00,0x00}},
{ 50, {'c', 0x00,0xff,0x00}},
{ 50, {'c', 0x00,0x00,0xff}},
{ 50, {'c', 0x00,0x00,0x00}}
};

int script0_len = 6; // number of script lines above

void setup()
{
Serial.begin(19200);

Serial.println("BlinkMFactoryReset");

BlinkM_beginWithPower();
delay(100);

Serial.println("Setting I2C address to default of 0x09");
BlinkM_setAddress( blinkm_addr ); // uncomment to set address

Serial.println("Writing default light script");
BlinkM_writeScript(blinkm_addr, 0, script0_len, 0, script0_lines);

Serial.println("Setting startup parameters");
BlinkM_setStartupParams( blinkm_addr, 1, 0,0,8,0);
delay(20);

Serial.println("Done!");
BlinkM_playScript( blinkm_addr, 0,0,0 );
}

void loop()
{
digitalWrite(13, HIGH); // flash Arduino LED for fun
delay(300);
digitalWrite(13, LOW);
delay(300);
}
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#45968
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
I modified this script to be the following, which makes the LED breath BLUE:

/*
* BlinkMFactoryReset --
*/

#include "Wire.h"
#include "BlinkM_funcs.h"

byte blinkm_addr = 0x09;

// stolen from blinkm_nonvol_data.h
blinkm_script_line script0_lines[] = {
{ 1, {'f', 0,0,03}},
{ 100, {'c', 0x00,0x00,0xff}},
{ 130, {'c', 0x00,0x00,0x02}}
};

int script0_len = 3; // number of script lines above

void setup()
{
Serial.begin(19200);

Serial.println("BlinkMFactoryReset");

BlinkM_beginWithPower();
delay(100);

Serial.println("Setting I2C address to default of 0x09");
BlinkM_setAddress( blinkm_addr ); // uncomment to set address

Serial.println("Writing default light script");
BlinkM_writeScript(blinkm_addr, 0, script0_len, 0, script0_lines);

Serial.println("Setting startup parameters");
BlinkM_setStartupParams( blinkm_addr, 1, 0,0,8,0);
delay(20);

Serial.println("Done!");
BlinkM_playScript( blinkm_addr, 0,0,0 );
}

void loop()
{
digitalWrite(13, HIGH); // flash Arduino LED for fun
delay(300);
digitalWrite(13, LOW);
delay(300);
}
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#46050
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Those are really great looking! Very inspiring! Thanks for posting the how to as well!
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#46053
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
Skunkape, Thanks! It's a pleasure sharing my experience with everyone interested!

p.s. Welcome to the DF forum (first post). If you have not done so already, enjoy reading old posts, mostly in the "cool photos" section. There are a lot of very inspiring and beautiful pictures in there!
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#54501
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year ago  
Biowizard your crystals are amazing! I cant wait to try this out soon.

I also had a quick question for you; have you made or considered making modular torches? I have been thinking of a few designs but the biggest challenge is the size of them (too tiny) any help or suggestions would be much appreciated =)

PS your lightbox idea is amazing as well!
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#54506
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year ago  
Fizzikx, I`m glad my work is inspiring you.

I haven`t made torches but I can recommend a place where you can already buy some. Solo (a french DF enthusiast) already sells some he made himself on eBay:



$69 for 2 pieces + shipping from France might seem a lot but it is in my mind much cheaper than investing all the time, research and material needed to do it by yourself. Sorn, this "out of this world" DF collector, already showed us his collection of flickering torches made by solo here.
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#56149
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 10 Months, 1 Week ago  
Well I just ordered a set of Torches from the listing. Hopefully I'll be able to reverse engineer it and maybe provide a quick howto from my experiences.

In other news, do you know where to get the medium cavern rocks (or something similar) now that they are sold out on the DF site? The small ones are still there and I may place my first non KS order soon =)

Thanks much, and also thanks for inspiring me, Biowizard!!
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