Introduction: Mood Vase
Welcome back to my new 3D print project. it also contents a description how to convert the LED Spots to wired instead battery use.
This is a three-version vase where you can choose between:
1. A simple and nice vase
2. A nice vase and a fancy light effect.
3. A nice vase and a fancy light effect without changing battery's.
just read the next steps..
Step 1: Print and Stick It Together
Once you had print the foot and cup, glue it together.
take care to use for the vase a high transparent material. Not only for the light effect, but important for the IR receiver on the top of the LED spot. Otherwise it will not follow the remote. The foot can be printed in every material of your choice.
If you want to use it with real flowers and fill the vase with water you have to make sure the print is waterproof. This task is quite a challenge i didn't passed. Never the less of excellent printer adjustments, my editions started to leak drops after a few minutes.
To solve this problem before Christmas, i found a clever instructable here :
and coated mine with candle wax inside. Now it keeps the water!
I used PETG filament which is more high temperature proof than pla. This is an advance if you coat later the inside with wax and careful heatgun appliance.
As a side note, the spots itself are waterproof and made for underwater use. For better handling and further conversations i choose a dry place for them. Read more on the next step..
Step 2: There Will Be Light..
I decided for the lazy way and designed the foot around a multicolor LED Spot.
No rocket science, but on the other hand easy to build for the most people.
The Spot that can be ordered for example here
or international for example
after loading the battery just put the vase over the LED spot and play with the buttons..
Step 3: Fuel Change
If you prefer to place the vase on a fix place and want to get rid of wasting battery's, then this step will guide you to convert the lamp to external power.
The LED lamp will loose it's waterproof property due the conversation, but thanks to the clever design, it will not get in contact with water at least.
Parts and tools:
1. Wall socket power supply switchable to 4,5 Volts output
2. Battery drill with 2,5 mm drill bit
3. Soldering iron, solder
Like shown in the pictures drill two holes between the O-ring and the pcb inside. Lead the wires in and solder them equal to + and - to the two short conductors of the battery clamp. The long ones are only to connect the battery's in serial line.
Now close the cap and plug the unit inside the foot by leading the cable into the slot.
Make a test run and enjoy the waste free power..