Introduction: How to Make the Proximity Lamp

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Whether you just completed the Electric Paint Lamp Kit Instruction Test Sheet or you want some visual reinforcement when making your Proximity Lamp, this tutorial provides step-by-step videos to guide you in making the third of three lamps. All you need is A Light Up Board, an Electric Paint 10ml tube and the Proximity Lamp template and lampshade. Enjoy!

We recommend going through the Instruction Sheet first to make sure you are confident in applying Electric Paint and attaching the Light Up Board before you get started on this template.

Step 1: ​Apply Electric Paint

First, apply Electric Paint inside the grey outlines to fill in the switch, connection and sensor. The paint takes about 15 minutes to dry and must be completely dry before you attach the Light Up Board. If you want, you can fold the lampshade while you wait, just skip to Step 5 and come back later.

Step 2: Attach the Light Up Board

Once the paint has fully dried and isn’t tacky anymore, it’s time to attach the Light Up Board. Use the Twisting Skills that you learned in the Instruction Test Sheet!

If you haven’t attached the Light Up Board before, check out this tutorial here first.

Step 3: Cold Solder

With the board in place, you can now cold solder. Blob a droplet of Electric Paint inside sensors E1, E2, E8 and E9. This will ensure a robust connection between your paint and board. After you have applied the Electric Paint, you need to wait another 5-10 minutes. Time for some tea!

Step 4: Test

Once everything has dried, you should give it a test. Connect the Light Up Board with the USB cable to a power source and hold your index finger on the switch you made with Electric Paint. Use your other hand to approach the sensor. The brightness should increase as your hand gets closer to the sensor. Release your finger from the switch to fix the brightness of the board. If it works you can disconnect the USB cable from the board for now.

If it doesn’t work, please refer to the troubleshooting guide on the Instruction Test Sheet.

Step 5: Fold the Lampshade

Now it’s time for the lampshade! If you look at the lampshade, you can see that it has two types of dashed lines on it. You need to either make “mountain folds” or “valley folds” for each of these, depending on the type of line. Have a look at the video to see how it is done.

Step 6: Attach the Lampshade

Contrary to the other first two lamps, there are four tabs on this lampshade. These are used to attach the lampshade onto the template sheet with the Light Up Board. Simply slide the tabs into each corresponding slit.

Step 7: Turn the Proximity Lamp On

You can now connect the USB cable to the Light Up Board again. Power up the board, touch and hold the switch with your index finger, and use your other hand to change the brightness of the light. Congratulations, you made your Proximity Lamp!

If it doesn’t work, please refer to the troubleshooting guide on the Instruction Test Sheet.

Step 8: Hang Your Lamp Up

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With the Proximity Lamp nicely working, you can hang it somewhere on a wall, use it for reading or just to show off to your friends!

We’d love to see what you get up to with the Proximity Lamp, so share your on pictures on Instagram and Twitter, or email us at info@bareconductive.com

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