Light Panel for Flipbook Animation

About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

Recently, my 9 year old son has shown interest in sketching and flip book animation. In one of the tutorial videos on Youtube, the tutor used a light panel and he wanted one too.

So in this instructable, I will share how we made a A6 size light panel and yes my son helped me build this. Some of the design aspect came from him

Step 1: What Do We Need ?

Material

  • Plywood frame ( 2" x 7" X 5") - 15mm or 9/16"
  • Acrylic sheet ( about 0.5MM or 1/64 inch )
  • LED Strip ( white Led 3228, 12V )
  • 5.5x 2.1mm DC Socket
  • 9v AC to DC adaptor
  • News paper cutting
  • Wires
  • PVA glue
  • Soldering iron
  • Cutter

Step 2: Main Body

  • I had made this in past for my bluetooth speakers, but were too large for that project, And had been lying around since 2 years
  • While looking for items to build this project I found this and decided to use it as the inner side was same as the A6 page size
  • To build this frame
    • Use 15 mm or 9/16" plywood
    • Cut two strips each for 7" x 2" and 4" x 2"
    • Sandwich the smaller piece with two larger ones
    • Glue the joints and nail them, to hold position
    • Let it dry for a day
  • Paint the frame with white acrylic paint, let it dry
  • Use PVA glue ( diluted in water 2:1 ratio) to stick newspaper cuttings
  • We basically used the daily garfield joke and some drawings from the news paper
  • Coat the pva solution on top of the picture too, let it dry for few hours

Step 3: Power Connection

  • Initially was planning to fit a 9V battery but we decided to use a power adaptor
  • Drill 11mm hole or as per the dc socket
  • Stick the LED strip exactly at the center, as show.
  • Glued the strip as it was not sticky enough
  • Connected the wires to the DC socket and tested the strip works with the adaptor

Step 4: Top and Bottom

  • Trace the main body frame on acrylic frame ( frosted )
  • Cut two pieces
  • One stick on the top and th other on the bottom
  • Add a aluminium foil at the bottom before closing it
  • Use PVA glue to stick acrylic sheet to wooden frame

Light it up and start using it for flipbook animation

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