|If your Halloween party doesn't
a glowing skull inside a tv set, you're doing it completely wrong.
Here, try this...
|First step: Take off the back,
Caution: Some capacitors may still be charged even if it's unplugged, so there's still a chance of shocking oneself. I didn't, but I just don't want to be sued because you don't know shit about electronics.
|Next, I pulled off the gun assembly...|
|...including the focusing magnets (I have no idea what these are actually called, sorry).|
|Now it's time to break the glass, so I covered the tube with some old fabric (Look familiar? It's from Dani's Yoda costume and also was used in making her Sally dress a couple years later). This was to prevent any bits of glass from flying away. I'm wearing goggles regardless.|
|I had no idea how much of a vacuum there was inside the tube, but you see how deeply the hammer handle goes into the inside of the tube? That's how far in the cloth was sucked into a hole that was only about an inch in diameter.|
|Next I used a Dremel to score a line in the glass tube all the way around, just a bit behind the screen. This was the first one of these I attempted, so this was still an experiment at this point.|
|It worked! The scoring
something of a fire-break, keeping the fracture from going too far and
into the part of the screen visible from the front.
At this point I had access to a metal screen (not shown) which was removed, and I swept away the phosphor coating.
|The back of the set constricted what all I was trying to place into the small space, so I took a reciprocating saw to it and...|
|...got rid of the underside on the back.|
|Crystal skull before it is placed inside the set. (Insert obvious Hamlet reference.)|
|Originally I planned to keep the
since they were connected to the buttons, but no one noticed their
in the near-darkness.
The skull is sitting on top of a couple wooden 4x4 blocks left over from building the deck a few weeks earlier. They're painted black to make them less noticeable.
|The orange band just below the skull in the photo above is one of these lights. It was a cheaper, less versatile version of the others pictured here. Just the one mode of rotating through the three red, blue, and green LEDs.|
|With the lights on, it looks pretty much like any other set...|
|But with the skull turned on and
Here's one last close-up showing it morphing into yet another color. Scarier than FOX News!