Introduction: Simple Moon Lamp
For my wife, what can I do if she says, "Please bring me moon from the sky?"
Well I am no astronaut, nor do I have heaps to money to hire one..
An Engineer always finds a way !!!
In this instructable I will share how to make a Paper Mache Moon and bring moon from the sky in your room
Step 1: What Do We Need
- Tissue Paper ( preferably non textured 2 ply)
- PVA glue / Fevicol
- Led Strip
- LED Driver
- Electrical plugs etc
- Basket Ball Size 5
- Paper tape
- Cling wrap
- Paint brush
- Black Acrylic paint
- Paper Cutting knife / blade
- Soldering iron
Step 2: Dome
To prepare dome we will use a basket ball, one can use balloon as well
Cover the ball using cling wrap and use paper tape to mark a reference around the ball. We will cover tissue paper till this reference, it needs to be smaller than the diameter, to enable us to remove the dome easily later.
In a large pan mix PVA glue or fevicol with water ( 1:1 ratio) Using large paint brush spread it over the ball and place tissue papers to cover the ball till the reference paper tape mark.
In my first attempt, I did 5 layers and after paint job etc, it was opaque...
So in the second attempt I covered 3 layers only .... Let the dome dry for 12 hrs atleast
Step 3: Paint Job
Demold or remove the dome, carefully from the basket ball. If you tear it a little, then use tissue paper and patch it, set it to dry for few hours
Draw a reference carter shapes, one can use internet to get the right shapes.
Using black acrylic paint with excess water, paint the carters.. Caution : Too much of water will melt the tissue paper.
I lost some dome shape here due to water... I let it dry for few hours after paint an then coated a layer of PVA glue or fevicol ( Do not add any water ). AGain let it dry for few hours....
Step 4: Back Cover
Back cover : Measure diameter of the dome and cut a cardboard circle that slides inside the dome about 1 mm.
Note that I tried to create phases of moon but the cardboard partitions were too small. May be I will make it in next version
Paste few pieces of LED Strips in curved lines as shown. Connect all -ve and +ve to the LED driver circuit.
Connect the AC in to a power plug best suited to your requirement
Note : Usually, I solder all connections and cover it using heat shrink tubes, this give strength to the connections
Step 5: Final Touches
Using Glue gun stick the back cover to the dome. Hang it on the wall and enjoy moon light indoors
- To have moon phases, need to increase height of internally partitions
- Use Acrylic dome to have stronger structure
- Paint job need someone better who could paint it
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