This is Yorick. I built this for a friend’s birthday present – she was keen on skulls and I thought she needed a staff. One with glowing eyes that only light up when she holds it.


It started life as a sheep skull and a manuka pole. With the addition of some horns, glowing LED eyes, a hall effect sensor, an ATTiny85, a rare earth magnet, and some poetic decorative licence, it became the perfect combination of tacky and creepy.

Tutorial for making Yorick

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