The Levitating globes i have seen (and could afford) were OK but i thought it would be cool to do something more with one.
I went through a list of things i could try to make, DeLorean car from back to the future, the moon, a jedi training remote or the death star.
I wanted to do either the jedi remote or the death star, i had seen the remote on-line somewhere so I decided the death star would be the way I would go.
So this is how i went about doing it.
Step 1: Materials and Tools.
-glue (plastic solvent, super glue, contact adhesive all work fine.)
-card / paper
-masking tape , different widths.
-Bright white LED
- fibre optic strands (optional)
-micro press button
Oh and the main component the levitating globe.
-knives or cutting tool
-twist drill or dremmel, i used a twist drill as its not too powerful.
-tiny drill bits. 0.75 and 0.85 mm are the two i used.
-ruler or straight edge.
-tweezers (things can get quite small)
Step 2: Stripping the globe.
there was a thin bit of tape round the equator which held the two halves together, i peeled it off and popped the globe in half.
inside the halves one had a large magnet in the top and a little cap in the bottom half.
i noticed that the globe covering was actually a thin layer of plastic (heat shrunk on to the ball or something) that could be peeled off. i slid a knife between the plastic hemisphere and the covering and removed all the globe covering from both sides.