This lightbox will create the illusion that there's a picture made up of different steps of a stair. To see the illusion in action, click on the video link below.
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Step 1: The Things You Need
Drips - For the design of the cardboard
Kandoken- For the wonderful artwork of Santa Claus
Kevin Macleod - For the music in the video
So moving on,the things we need:
A cardboard measuring 62cm X 45cm
Double sided tape
A3 Printed Artwork
Styrofoam board 30cm X 30cm
Step 2: Building the Base
As for my base, I build it using a Styrofoam board cut into 2 block of 15cm by 15 cm. next I grove a hole on the Styrofoam for the bulb to sit onto.
I use a 200V lightbulb and connect it to a power source. You can experiment with different colored LED light or even use christmas light for this. Make sure the base is high enough so light don't escape through the bottom. Try sticking 2 blocks of Styrofoam together with double sided tape.
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Step 3: Adding the Artwork to Cardboard
Next, I followed Drips design of the lightbox which looks like a staircase. I followed every measurement and cut accordingly using a pen knife. Please take note that you should paste the artwork before you cut according to the grid so you don't have to cut it 2 times and it will look neat.
Step 4: Folding and Putting Everything Together
Before you fold, make sure you have a platform or a table top. Use the edge to guide you with the folding. This must be perfect, you don't want your light box to look like crap. Fold the major sides first, then you can start folding the parts that make up the staircase design.
This is a little tricky, the dotted line are suppose to be folded, not cut. You have to work your way and see which of the dotted line should be folded inward or outwards. I strongly suggest you try making the lightbox using paper first, so you know which part must be folded which way.
Use double sided tape to put the base and the box together. Before pasting, make sure your bulb is already inside and tested. You can't separate the base and box after pasting it together.
Step 5: Turn on the Magic!
Play around with the intensity of the light to get the ideal loo of the lightbox, you can also make the whole box light up but the stair won't be that distinct then.
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