This was the really tricky part. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to fit all of the planets into the bulb. I started by adding Mercury, which wa...
I am not sure exactly where this idea came from. It started with a hollowed out light bulb that I had lying around and thinking that it would be neat to put a miniature solar system model inside. Then I thought it would be even better if it actually moved.
I became inspired when came across some images of orreries. Orreries are mechanical planetary models that revolve at relative speeds using gears. Unfortunately in my own model the planets revolve at the same speed, but I designed it with fake gears and a plate indicating months, seasons and astrology glyphs to resemble a real orrery.
Sharpie pens, gold and copper model paint, nail polish
Step 2: Make your planets
I measured the diameter of my light bulb, as you can see I used a globe sphere which is rounder than your average bulb. I determined how large I could make the planets and how far apart to space them. I cut eight pieces of wire making sure that they were long enough to wrap around the skewer. I then bent up one end for placing the planet on.
Step 3: Make planets
I used La Doll Premier Lightweight Stone Clay which is super light weight and ideal for this project. If the planets were much heavier it would likely unbalance the skewer and effect the rotation. I rolled out the little balls for the planets, they are obviously not to scale. Mercury was the smallest and Jupiter the biggest, and of course I added the ring for Saturn. I stuck them on the wire and let them dry overnight (it is an air dry clay).
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