Electronic mosaic LEGO portrait of my deceased Main Coon named Tiggs!
I built this entire project over the course of a weekend, and then rigged up a simple parallel circuit behind the eyes to make them light up, in the same style as the stained glass window of my Super Mario Brothers 3 airship
. The particular item you see here is the Mk.2 edition of the portrait; since completion of the Mk.1 edition, I then made a few improvements on the Tiggs LEGO portrait/lamp. I replaced the incandescent bulbs with bright LEDs, and replaced the parallel wires with a series circuit in order to have the bulb sockets stay in place better due to one less wire. In a series circuit, adding more bulbs draws power away and makes both bulbs dim, whilst in a parallel circuit, both lights illuminate equally. With these particular LED bulbs, I noticed no difference between in brightness with the parallel and series circuits, thus I went with the latter of the two. Both bulb sockets are rigged up to a 120VAC power cord with a switch, similar to that of a Christmas light string. I’ve certainly got a knack for making portraits of cats — I should probably build others!
To see the other photos in this set -- such as pictures of the portrait with the eyes turned on with the background lights turned off (which has a creepy demonic cat effect), check out my Tumblr link
Photo lights: 5,000k CFL bulbs (x1)
Eye lights: 5 lumen candelabra LED nightlight bulbs (x2)