Stick + Coal : the Minecraft Torch of Protection

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Introduction: Stick + Coal : the Minecraft Torch of Protection

I wanted some extra light here, so I decided to build a torch. While looking for the colors, i stumbled upon this model on ThinkGeek. it looks really nice, but my need for light is only on a metaphorical level. I kept it simple: print the model, cut and glue. Voilà!

Step 1: Materials

Step 2: Print & Cut

Pixels in this model are 1" wide and the dimensions of the finished torch are 2" x 2" x 10", but you can resize the model before printing.
  1. print your model on a tabloid paper (11" x 17"),
  2. optional step: depending on the rigidity of the paper you printed on, you might want to glue the print on a cardboard, something like a cereal box. 
  3. follow instructions and cut slightly inside the printed area.

Step 3: Score & Fold!

Flip the model, align the ruler with the folding lines and score them with the back of the knife's blade. Applying excessive pressure might damage the paper. Fold along all the created grooves, no need to over-bend.

Step 4: Glue!

Apply a thin layer of glue, especially if you're using a water based glue because the paper will warp. 
Gluing areas in the indicated order will ease the assembly.
You don't have to wait until the glues dries between each step, just make sure it holds in place.
Use a pen or a similar tool to apply pressure in the spots hard to reach. 

Step 5: Throw on a Wall or Offer As a Present

The base is made to fit a piece of a half inch foamcore (2" x 2 5/16")  i had available. You can also use a piece of wood, or simply use a tape. Do not hesitate to offer a torch to those who might need one. 

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i put mine on a night light

Will an A4 size sheet of paper do for the template? Because it looks kinda big, and my printer prints only A4.

stick a LED in it add a small switch and then u got a torch!

This is cool! Torches from the store are sooooo expensive. I'll definitely make one!

my sister LOVES minecraft so i just made her two and put them on her wall. she has no idea so she'll be surprised. Mine turned out kinda crappy, but its only because im not that good at this stuff but she'll appriciate it :)

Haha, she will have a nice surprise! The good side of pixelated stuff is that the imperfections aren't that visible :P

how do you light it up