Rainbow Butterflies

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Introduction: Rainbow Butterflies

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Hello Instructables team and my viewers ..today I'm going to make a new project and this is a completely new project and this project is my unique one...But before diving in the project, I want to take some to thank you all and instructable team for making me a winner for the last fandom contest...I got second place and that was my first Instructables...So again Thank you all soo much...

So taking about this project... I saw this contest a few days ago but as we all know its pandemic time and we are more and less stuck in our homes...and I'm almost out of my supplies ..and the contest needs something that has the colors of the rainbow...So start thinking more and more about it and got an idea for this project... In this contest, there are many creators with more attractive looking projects... so after getting inspired by them I created this project... I think you all will be also love my creation...

In this project, I also added a Queen Butterfly for making the project more attractive... If any of you all want to see the process of making that queen butterfly in more detail... Pls, comment down below...

Step 1: Supplies for the Build...

For making the project we will need only some basic tools...

  • A pvc pipe
  • Templates (I will upload the templates very soon)
  • Mouldit or any kind of molding clay
  • Glass paint
  • Clear plastic sheet
  • Cardboard
  • A computer cooler fan...I used an 80 mm fan
  • 12-volt power adapter
  • A small white led (12v) strip + switch + Dc female socket
  • colors
  • Some standoff feets
  • Glue gun
  • Some random available tools.

Step 2: Cutting the Pipe and Fan...

Cut the pipe into proper size..I'm not mentioning any reference sizes as they can be easily changed...Though I used a 75mm pipe so I used an 80mm fan with it...

Firstly cut off the excess pieces out of the pipe and sand down the sharp edges... Now trim off the excess corner pieces as they were useless in my design and were making the whole outer cylinder looking wired...

After cutting all the pieces now use some Hot glue to attach the Fan with the pipe...

Use my reference pictures for better understanding...

Step 3: Making the Outer Body...

Take a Cardboard(Thin piece) and start wrapping around the pipe fan assembly... After the outer body is completed this should look like this... pls note that the outer body should be enough hard to withstand the processes... You may also use larger diameter pvc pipes If you have one...

At this step pls make sure that the fan is spinning in the right direction ...as the fan can be spinning in only one direction without any modification ..pls check the air flow...the airflow should be in the upward... After the body is made properly...Make some holes or cutouts for the power socket and the switch...

Step 4: Adding the Lights and Other Items

After completing the previous steps... now add the led strips...You may use any color. I used white coz I only have white...

after sticking the light ..Its time to add the remaining electronic parts... For this build, only a switch and a dc socket will be enough... Solder wires to the items and use heat shrink tubes for electrical protection, then soldier all the wires with a super-easy diagram ...So I'm not adding those extra details as you all are more experienced than me...

For any further details comment down below...

Step 5: Adding the Cardboard Base and Standoffs

Cut a circle out of hard cardboard and cut the circle with a coping saw .... this circle must have an inner hole for the air intake...as the air intake is very necessary for this project... After the hole and the circle is cut out...make sure that the cut edges are fine to touch ...I figured out that we need extra long legs for this build as otherwise the air intake will be interrupted ...

For the leg piece, I used four pieces of glue stick...You may use any other item as an extended leg...

Step 6: Add the Air Directional Grid...

Now I made this simple but working air directional grid piece with some thin cardboard pieces...I made this without any templates...the work is very easy as they are just interlocking cardboard pieces held with hot glue(for time-saving)...

after this step use some molding clay or epoxy clay to fill any gaps you want and make the top portion look good...For my piece, I used a small cardboard ring between the outer body and inner body...and overlapped with the extra outer layer cardboard and then covered with the clay... Now the Piece is ready for coloring the piece...

Step 7: Paint the Body...

I used some watercolor paints mixed with the medium of glue and water... The paint design completely depends on the maker and You can use spray paint or any other paint if want.. I painted this base with wash color effect...But you can do whatever you like....for good practice, a base coat or a primer coat is recommended If the color is not so much thick...

Use several coats of paints if needed and let the paint cure overnight while making the butterflies...

Also if you want, you may also use any other method for painting...

Step 8: Making the Queen Butterfly

I made a queen butterfly for this project ...though I firstly making the butterfly for the floating job. but it seems quite heavy for the job (though the butterfly weights only 2 grams)...So I then decided to make many of those lightweight printed butterflies instead...

For making this version..just print the template given and print that on a4 sheet.. then stick that template on a clear plastic sheet and cut out the wings...

After the wings are cut down using a glass outliner(comes in a glass color box..in tube form) then as the outlines are cured apply black glass paint on the sides and let that cure for at least 2 hours ... after the colour is cured apply blue paint and use more colours if you want...

After the wings are completed take some molding clay and form the body of the butterfly... Use some aluminum wires for the legs and thin wire for the antennas...(Use reference photos from internet) After the body is ready attach the wings on the body and paint the body with black and other acrylic paints...

And after these all the butterfly is ready...

Step 9: Print the Rest of the Butterflies

Using a color printer, print out these butterflies ...You may use your own chosen butterflies if you want.

For good design and look use those colors for the butterflies which are used in the body...

Step 10: Making the Other Butterflies and Placing Them...

After the printing, you will notice that there are two copies of every butterfly. I did this only because of the butterfly should have two sides.

Now cut the butterflies and stick them back to back and let them set. After they are set, Take a scissor and cut out the butterflies... you may use a black marker for making the edges look clean... That being done its time for the placement of some butterflies on the base...

Now attach two transparent threads under butterflies...and let the string fix in its place... and after the chosen butterflies with the supporting strings are ready to place them on the base with the help of hot glue and the previously made cardboard grid...

The butterflies will be elevated while the fan is on and the strings will keep them from falling here and there...and stick the rest of the butterflies on the body for the decorative purpose...

Step 11: And We Are Done...

After the butterflies are fixed in their places and the other functions are working properly ..We can finally call it as a success...and enjoy our speed build...

I placed the queen butterfly just beside the floating butterflies...

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    Question 11 months ago

    Can I get the templates for the butterfly?