Rubik's Glue Lamp

Introduction: Rubik's Glue Lamp

Hello all, this is my first instructable.

I have visited the site many times over the years, but only recently started crafting / making.

I decided to have a go at contest and chose the glue / tape contest to ease myself in.

Here is my Rubik's cube lamp, made only of glue.

Supplies

What you need:

  • Glue gun
  • Colored glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Baking paper
  • Something to illuminate the cube - you could use the torch on a mobile phone, for something more permanent, I chose these for 99p delivered, from ebay.

Step 1: Draw the Cube

I measured my cube at 18.5mm x 18.5mm per individual cube.

Making 55.5mm x 55.5mm per face.

Using the pencil and ruler, I drew it on baking paper - which allows the dried glue templates to lift off easier.

Step 2: Make Glue Templates

Using the glue gun with black glue I drew over the grid I drew.

I just used the one drawn grid for all the glue templates, it gets harder to remove each time as it pulls some of the paper surface off, so you might want to draw a few.

I made 5 templates as I will put cardboard at the bottom to mount the lighting on.

Step 3: Fill in the Blanks and Join Together

Fill in the blanks to your desired pattern.

I intended to just have each side all one colour, like a solved cube.

However, I midjudged the amount of green glue in my gun and blue started coming out halfway through a side.

In hindsight - I could of just cut it out, but I just started making a pattern. To keep them in a realistic formation was a little difficult without drawing it out.

If you intend to have a mixed patter, I highly recommend sketching it out first for a plan!

Once the colors were filled in, I used the black glue on the inside to join them together.

Step 4: Lighting Fixture

I cut a piece of cardboard at 53mm x 53mm to find inside the bottom of the cube and glued the light switch to it.

A little notch cut in the cardboard to feed the wire to the inside.

A sliver of glue to hold in plce.

Step 5: Illumination.

Here it is at the bedside.

Mine is a gentle glow, more pretty than useful.

But stronger LEDs would work better. I tested it with my mobile phone torch and it gave off enough light to read.

Thanks for reading!

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    2 Comments

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Nice job using the hot glue :)

    You should consider using a picture of the finished lamp as the main image in your intro step :)

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    Art_ifice
    Art_ifice

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes, that does work better! Thanks