This is an owl lamp I worked on with my girlfriend Sylvia. We are both students of design & technology in NYC and built this together as a fun soft-circuits project. Our goal was to make a small night-lamp that was both cute and functional.
The project is very simple - anyone can follow this Instructable to build their own owl lamp. We encourage you to imagine other characters or animals that you can create with this design.
Step 1: What you need
- Soldering station
- Thin coated wire
- 9V battery with enclosure
- Glue gun
- Ultra bright LEDs (we are using 1W star LEDs)
- Resistors (~100-300ohm)
- Copper tape
- Adhesive velcro pads
- Mini high strength magnets (the ones we used were 5x5x1 mm)
- Material for laser cutting
Step 2: Animal Design & Laser Cuttin'
It is very possible to make the owl lamp with just two layers, or even one if you had slightly thicker material. In the future I would prefer to do a two layer design with thicker material.
If you don't have access to a laser cutter you can use online services like Ponoko. Alternatively if you have skilled hands you could build the body from scratch.
The laser cutting PDF/AI files are included below, however, I encourage you to come up with your own unique design.
All the details of the laser cutting design may not be clear until you read the remaining steps of this Instructable.