Introduction: Interactive Thunder and Lightning Cloud
Step 1: Electronics- Parts You'll Need:
Here's what you’ll need:
1- Arduino Uno- https://www.adafruit.com/products/50
2- Adafruit MP3 shield- https://www.adafruit.com/product/1790
3- 3 Sparkfun mosfet breakout boards- https://www.adafruit.com/product/1790
4- 12 volt power supply- https://www.adafruit.com/product/1790
5- 5 volt power supply- https://www.adafruit.com/product/1790
6- PIR motion sensor- https://www.adafruit.com/product/1790
7- 12V white LED strip cut into 3 pieces, 2 ft length each- https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Daylight-Non-water...
8- Micro SD card with SD card reader adapter- https://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-microSDHC-...
9- 3 ft red and black 2 stranded 20-24 gauge wire- Radioshack (if it stillexists in your town. Otherwise, a local hardware or electronics store should have it)
10- 3' of a different color 20-24 gauge wire- (read above location)
Step 2: Tools You'll Need
Tools you'll need:
1- Soldering station- Radioshack or electronics store
2- Solder- Radioshack or electronics store
3- Helping hands- Radioshack or electronics store
4- Rosin flux (optional, but it helps a lot)- Radioshack or electronics store
5- Flush cutters- Radioshack or electronics store
6- Tiny flat head screwdriver- Radioshack or electronics store
Step 3: Assembly:
1- Assemble the MOSFET breakout boards as shown
2- Wire the external 12V power supply to the MOSFET breakout boards by daisy chaining the positive terminals, making sure the positive lead of the 12V power is connected to each breakout board on the 3 terminal side of the MOSFET.
3- Repeat the same process with the ground wire from the 12V power supply, with the addition of joining the ground ground from the Arduino as well
4- Use the different colored wire (I used yellow) and cut into three strands, 1 ft in length each
6- Solder the 3 (yellow) wires to pins 9,10, and 11 to the Arduino without the mp3 shield (in some pictures you may see that they are soldered to the mp3 shield. This is wrong)
7- Connect the ground (black) wire from the mp3 shield to the second Arduino.
8- Connect each of the yellow wires from pins 9,10, and 11 on the second Arduino to the port labelled “C” on the 3 screw terminal port side on the MOSFET’s
9- Solder 12ft of the 2 stranded red and black wire to each of the LED strips to the + and - copper pads.
10- Take the other ends of the 2 stranded wire and use your screwdriver to tighten in to the 2 port screw terminals on the MOSFET’s
11- Connect external computer speakers (or anything better) to the audio jack on the mp3 shield.
12- Solder the connections on the PIR sensor ground, 5V, GND, and digital pin 3
13- Download the 2 codes and upload them to your Arduinos.
Step 4: Making the Cloud
what you’ll need:
2- Gallon tub of white school glue: (XXX where to get it?)
5- Mixing stick
7- Rubber gloves
8- 2 old bed sheets
9- 40 white balloons
11- Painters Tarp
12- Fan (optional)
14- Super 77 spray adhesive
15- 2 yards Polyester batting (the thicker the batting, the fluffier the cloud)
16- Straight edge
1- Thoroughly mix 1 part school glue, 1 part flour, 3 parts water into bucket (roughly 1 gallon total) and set aside
2- Blow up 40 white balloons in various sizes
3- Tape the balloons together into a cloud shape and place on painters tarp
4- Use scissors to cut bedsheets into 1’x1’ strips
5- Soak the strips in glue mixture, shake off excess slop and drape over the top side of the balloons
6- Cover the balloons in 2 layers of bedsheets strips
7- Use a fan to dry the wet strips overnight
8- After 24 hours, flip the balloon structure and repeat the same process of draping the glue soaked bedsheets to cover the structure completely
9- Dry for 24 hours
10- Cover the cloud shaped structure in spray adhesive
11- Tear off 6” strips of varying lengths of batting and begin shaping over the cloud structure
12- continue the process until the entire cloud is covered
13- Using the straight edge, poke holes in cloud in 3 places and pull through a zip tie to act as a loop to hang the fishing line from
14- Cut another hole to drop in the LED strips
Question 5 years ago on Step 3
Hello Nobody can send meine These two arduino Codes bought everything sind the Project stops berryinorbit at Gmail dot maby i know the Download Link was there but where
6 years ago
Can you add a link to the arduino codes?
6 years ago
Love to try to make but unless I'm missing something...no codes
6 years ago
Nice. That cloud looks really good. Something like this would make an awesome night light in my son's room.