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#63017
Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Here are the pics. I'll write more soon.







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#63018
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Awesome job. I wanna make some!
(I just modded my first piece last weekend and it went fairly well for a first try at every aspect of the process.)

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#63021
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
@Sakabra,

Welcome to the world of modding! Glad to hear your first mod went as expected... that's usually not the norm for me! :-) Although, this one went as expected. I was grinning from ear-to-ear when I showed my wife.

My next post (in a bit, have to put the kiddies to bed) will go through the details of what I did.

Oh, and in case someone missed it from the pics, that torch is a flickering 3mm LED that's completing the circuit through those magnets to the battery in back of the tile. I've cut the hole for it to sit in the bottom, but I haven't mounted all the hardware yet. Still have to get the on/off button in there.
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Proud Father of two mini-geeks; Daughter: "Dad, what does that say?" (after enchanting a diamond sword in Minecraft).
Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#63023
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
very cool, Josh.

I am afraid to mod my tile. You have seen my bridge, goblin tower and cottage. i think that is enough proof of my lack of skill set LOL

on the other hand, a drill and a magnet seems doable even with my hands of stone. :D
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#63025
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
I just went to Michael's, used the -40% weekly coupon (not sure if US gets that, but that's how we roll here in ON, CAN) and got a small box of the flickering tea lights. Brought them home, disassembled, drilled - wired - soldered - glued, and they were g2g. Only extra stuff I needed was the magnetic speaker wire and solder.

Our little ones LOVE them (and Me & the Mrs.) although they only get to use them while supervised (2, 3, 5). The magnet version would be amazing, but would definitely be off limits for my little guy.

Edit: Just got 100 2mm x 3mm for $3 Cdn on ebay, shipping incl. Woot!
Now the long wait begins.
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#63026
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Sakabra,

I'm from Ontario, too! Thunder Bay, up in the Northwestern part... so I know exactly how you roll since I do the same thing at our local Michaels. ;-)
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#63027
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Kitchener here, but relatives used to live in Marathon (now in BC).
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#63028
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
So, the details of this project:

The Tile and Magnets
Well, the first thing I did was drill the 3/32" holes into the wall of the tile. I knew not to space them too far apart as I had previously made a prototype of the torch using a 3mm LED (non-flickering) I had lying around while back.

The next step was to drill from the bottom of the tile straight up until I reached the two holes drilled in the wall... I will get more confident as I refine my steps and learn what I can and cannot do, but this was slow going as I used small drill bits and increased their size as I went. Doing it this way caused some problems with the holes not being drilled evenly and material getting missed. I would recommend using a larger drill bit first and just going slow. The one thing I found was that the tile has a lot of elasticity and give when drilling so I felt the wall bulge where the drill was, at times... but it never broke through.

The third step was to get my magnets and solder onto the back of them some thin speaker wire. This I ripped off of some kids' toys I had cannibalized. I still have to go out and get some proper wire on a spool.

The fourth step was feeding the wire through the wall holes and fitting the magnet into the hole. I would recommend putting a very, very small amount of some material such as a putty, coloured dark, behind the magnet just before fitting it into the hole. This is just in case the hole you drilled goes too far back... you want to make sure the magnet doesn't get pushed far into the hole. I had this happen and luckily was able to pull it through the bottom hole by the wire without it getting caught or breaking off and getting stuck inside. You could also use some glue just before inserting so it's more secure.

The fifth step was to start drilling and cutting away material for the battery holder and switch. For this I need a much better method so any suggestions from others who have done it would be welcome. This is why it's called a prototype, though. I'll refine this process as I gain experience doing it.

That's basically where I have left off. I have to get my on/off switch in there and attached, on the other end, to the battery holder, then mount both into the tile and I'll be done.

The Torch

The torch holder is a piece of a bamboo skewer stick cut to 1/2" then split down the middle - bamboo splits cleanly - and put on either side of the flickering 3" LED. Then I used two sized jewellery loops from a whole pile I got through Amazon or etsy (?) for dirt cheap. The leads from the led are the "bars" that are attached to the magnets in the wall. They're cut to the same size and bent at the top ring.

Be careful, as the loops are affected by the magnets, thus they will interfere with the circuit if they are touching the leads from the LED, which is easy to do. I am going to fix this problem with some glue and a paint job of the torch and leads first before adding the loops.

There are two last things I have to do. The first is to create the flame effect on the LED using thick acrylic gel that I got from Michaels craft store in the paint section. The second is to create a small plate for the torch bars (leads from the LED) so they look like they are attached to the plate which is anchored into the wall. This will be done with aluminum so it won't interfere with the circuit. I will drill two small holes into the plate so the leads can still have contact with the magnets and probably solder or glue the leads to the plate.

The Other Pieces

For the mirror and picture I simply glued a piece of metal onto the back that would be affected by the magnets so they would stick... be careful, though that you turn the switch off since completing the circuit will draw power from the battery and thus drain it, AFAIK.

Doing these pieces justifies the addition of the magnets and complexity of this project.
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Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#63029
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
That's great! Where did you get the picture and frame? One of my players has a print of that on his wall; I'd love to have that exact one in a dungeon.
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#63030
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Excellent work Josh. Very inspiring.
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#63031
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Love them all! such great versatility and having that torch (a) working and (b) 'removable' is just par excellence!

Now - how do you get a light behind that mirror so that when it is 'on' - You see a ghostly green face staring back at you ??? ;)
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#63036
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 5 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Magniopi wrote:
That's great! Where did you get the picture and frame? One of my players has a print of that on his wall; I'd love to have that exact one in a dungeon.


Go to the "Edmund Leighton" page in Wikipedia to find the picture. Print to size on an adhesive sheet.
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