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#56158
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
A great source of bits for adding details or modifying is the miscast bins some vendors bring to conventions. I got a nice stone wall for 50 cents because it had a few air bubble pits. Air bubble pits on a rough stacked stone wall happen to look like... well, the rest of the stone wall mostly. I got a ruined monument piece for a buck since it had a small deformed bit. My dremel will fix that in short order. It is totally worth it. Not a quick solution to any needs, but a very affordable and fun solution. A few did have stalagmites and stones or boulders.

Heck, if you are going to place a regular order with a terrain maker that uses cast pieces, it doesn't hurt to ask if they have junk bits or miscasts you can take off their hands for cheap.
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#56159
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Fizzikx wrote:
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.


Solo (as yansolo) posted this link to a website where he was going to post about how he did some of his DF conversions.
www.dwarvenforge.info/forums/index.php?act=idx
The site is in French, so I don't know if the link is still any good or not.

It's great that some DF modders post detailed instructions about how to achieve various effects and make various custom pieces, and they are very generous to do so.

I would hesitate, however, to post instructions on modding a custom piece that someone else produced and sold unless those instructions were already posted online by the original producer.
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#56164
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
I see your point to *SOME* extent. That being said, two torches wont be enough for me to use by themselves, therefore, I want to make extras using my DF KS tiles and at the pricepoint being asked for I simply cannot afford to buy what I would need.

Additionally considering the parts he used to make them are likley all french (or non US) along with different voltages and charging methos... I will have to re-engineer everything and use different parts, and also because the KS tiles are a different material than the origional DF tiles the proccess to create the torches will likley be far from whatever Solo uses.

I see you point to some degree but my overall goal here is:

1) to replicate the torches using what I have avaialbe to me in the US (for personal use)
2) to contribute to the awesomeness that is these forums

If a large amount of folks agree that I shouldnt share my findings, then I'll keep them to myself. That being said - I think the amount of work involved will warrant a new proccess which will not be direct infringement (my two coppers)
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#56165
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
I would agree that copying him directly shouldn't be done.

That said, re-engineering a piece that a previous poster placed up to potentially function differently, improved methods, or used as a base model to be made entirely new by design is fine by me.

That's pretty much what we as DMs are founded upon.
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#56172
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Fizzikx,

This is how I obtained the cavern pieces I was missing, I traded for them from other friendly DF forum members: www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=10&id=45516#45539

As to the possibility of revealing the know-how from other DF enthusiasts, I guess it is a non-issue for now as you do not know yet if you can indeed reverse-engineer it. Have fun trying to emulate Solo's work for yourself, that's kind of what I did when I started making my crystals. My guess is you'll be disappointed and you won't find a readily commercially available set of battery, yellow LED and flickering mechanism hidden inside Solo's pieces and you'll have to design one for yourself as Solo did. As a courtesy, you could also ask Solo what's his opinion on this.
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#56176
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
I haven't actually done any modifications like these yet myself, but I'm interested in giving it a go. I found some cheap LED tea light candles that look like they have a lot of potential (small size, yellow light, replaceable batteries, long lasting, supposedly realistic flickering).
They are pretty widely available. I'll post here if they turn out as good as they sound.
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#64643
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 7 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I know this is an oldish topic, but hey, it's worth resurrecting so people can see how awesome this stuff is.

Thanks for the detailed info and links, Biowizard; you managed to answer pretty much every question I had, and some that I didn't. I'm hopefully going to try building some similar pieces in the near future.

I do have one question left: do you remove the BlinkM to reprogram it, or do you leave it in place?

In case it's useful for anyone else, there is a mini version of the BlinkM that might fit in tighter spaces: www.sparkfun.com/products/9904

I'm lucky enough to have electrical engineers as friends, and I'm a software developer myself, so I'm thinking of trying this with some more basic parts. My hope is to create a small combination of chips that can act like a BlinkM but control several LEDs at once, so the LED part can fit in tight spaces while the control chip sits in the center. I also found some parts that would let me reprogram it wirelessly, but that might be getting excessive.... :P

If I get something working, I'll be sure to post pictures and share how I did it.
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#64648
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 7 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
@Shadaraman,

I'm glad this project inspired you. The BlinkMs are either plugged into the Arduino for programming (while this little board provides electricity to it) OR it is hooked to another Power Source such as the LiPo batteries I've been using. That is because there are 4 pins on BlinkMs (2 of for electricity and 2 for communication) and all 4 pins are plugged at once in the Arduino board OR only 2 of them are hooked to a power source while the other 2 are left unused.

With all the other LED modders hanging around on this forum (jchunick, Keeblerorc ond others), perhaps this project could be made better!
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#64650
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 7 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
biowizard wrote:
@Shadaraman,

I'm glad this project inspired you. The BlinkMs are either plugged into the Arduino for programming (while this little board provides electricity to it) OR it is hooked to another Power Source such as the LiPo batteries I've been using. That is because there are 4 pins on BlinkMs (2 of for electricity and 2 for communication) and all 4 pins are plugged at once in the Arduino board OR only 2 of them are hooked to a power source while the other 2 are left unused.

With all the other LED modders hanging around on this forum (jchunick, Keeblerorc ond others), perhaps this project could be made better!


Thanks. I guess I was just wondering if you had gotten some kind of cable to connect the BlinkM to the Arduino without removing it from the assembled piece, since that would allow it to be more firmly glued in place. Not really necessary, but would make things simpler.
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#64660
Re:Stand-alone Crystal clusters with programmable LED 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Fantastic work! Really inspiring.
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