Introduction: Real Life Minecraft Torch! 3D Printed and Painted
Hi everybody! I'm back with an easy and good looking project!
In case you lived outside this planet during the past few years, "Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things" says the official page. In particular, the torch prevents monsters to spawn around you all the time. So, since my house is in a high spawned area, I decided to craft a torch!
Step 1: What You Need
First of all, you need the model, and you can get it from Thingiverse at this page. It is pretty easy to print and the angle is such that allows you to print without support (thanks!). As you may notice, I modified the original model by removing most of the base. If you are interested in my "remix", just ask.
You will also need several tones of brown. You can just make them by mixing brown, white and black. Easy stuff. Remember, you need acrylic paint! Other kinds of paint just don't stick on typical 3D printing plastics (ABS, PLA).
Last but not least, you need four or more flickering LEDs (the guy who designed the model uses eight LEDs). I just took them out of those little flickering candles you use when you want to be romantic without setting on fire your house.
Step 2: Print and Paint
These are two pretty straight forward steps.
As a reference for the colors, I used the image up here. I know it's very little, but I was watching it on the phone so... anyway, you can find thousands of examples by just googling it.
I decided not to paint the "flame" of the torch for three reasons:
- I didn't have yellow paint.
- My LEDs were yellow by themselves, so the result was good anyway.
- Probably, an opaque color would dim the light intensity.
Step 3: Wire It Up!
As a power source I used a four AA battery pack, which fitted nicely inside the torch. Since 4x1.5V = 6V, in order to don't blow up the LEDs, I soldered them two in parallel, in series with the other couple. That's the limit of my english, just look the images and you'll get it.
I also recycled one of the switches from the candles.
Step 4: Hang It Up!
I think that the original model had to be glued to the wall, I'm not sure. Anyway, in my "remix" I added that kind of oval hole used in photo frames, so that you can hang it with anail or a screw.
That's it! Now you are safe from monsters spawning in your room! Nevertheless, I recommend keeping an axe near your bed.
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