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Iron Man’s Arc Reactor Built from Dollar Store Parts

Building a good looking Iron Man cosplay suit on a budget is no easy task; this clever Dollar Store inspired build combines cheap off the shelf parts to create a surprisingly awesome Arc Reactor.

LED lights, sink strainers, and some sewing pins were all sacrificed to create this inexpensive but great looking Arc Reactor prop. Hit up the link below for a full run down of the build.

Iron Man Arc Reactor [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/1/12

Comments (7)

  1. horizonguy

    It should be noted that in order to make the prop, you need items in addition to the dollar store pieces – copper wire, circuit board pieces, glue and a soldering gun/solder. The tutorial is cool but fairly simplified and a little vague in spots. Just an FYI – if you think you are going to the dollar store to make this there’s more to it…

  2. UltimatePSV

    Now how do I put it in my chest…?

  3. durt

    Will it blend?

  4. Paula

    I want cool I like it

  5. Barry Gale

    Thanks for the information, i need one of these to help me being gay

  6. Jonathan

    um why not just get one of those lights you pop on, take it apart, get some clear lids and some duct tape? lots cheaper

  7. Chris

    Yeah but does it work?

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