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How to Make a Circuit Sculpture

Circuit sculptures are pieces of art made from old or new circuits. They can glow, beep, or just sit there and look good. A couple of great examples can be found at this Hackaday contest.

This Instructable will guide you through making your very own circuit sculpture. It’s simple to create your own, as long as you have an idea of what circuit you are making and what you want it to look like in the end.

As an example, I am making a glowing stegosaurus with a potentiometer to control the speed of the LEDs.

These tools are helpful for any circuit sculpture:

Soldering Iron and solder
Pliers or tweezers to hold parts while soldering
Wire cutters
If you want to make the same sculpture that I am using as an example, you will need:

A 555 timer
A 4017 decade counter
A 10 uF capacitor
9 rectangular LEDs
2 normal/round LEDs
A potentiometer
2K ohm resistors (2 total)
Thick copper wire (around 20 gauge)
Enameled thin copper wire
This wire is coated. You will need to scrape the coating off before you solder it.
A coin cell battery holder
An on/off switch
A base to mount it on
I used an old circuit board to look like green grass”

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