Mario Question Block Light

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This is my first instructable, so bear with me.  My project is an 8x8 cube light inspired by the Mario Bros question block.  It took me about a month to complete, mainly cause I am easily distracted. Each cube took around 3-5 hours to complete.

Step 1: Parts

Body:
2 - 8" clear acrylic cubes (Amazon)
4 - 8" clear acrylic squares (Etsy)
350 - orange 1/2" square tile (Etsy)
350 - black 1/2" square tile (Etsy)
super glue

Guts:
2 - plastic wiring boxes
2 - light sockets
2 - nipples
2 - locking nuts
2 - 12ft extension cords/lamp wires
2 - light bulbs (LED or CFL)

Step 2: Prep the Parts

The custom orange tiles I got (from Etsy) were not the right color orange that I needed, so I ended up spraying them a darker orange (hard to tell from the picture, but side by side you can see the super bright vs the painted dark orange).  The 3 colors used for the cube are a cheese orange/yellow, pumpkin dark orange and black.  The inside box got colored cheese, while the tiles needed a coating of pumpkin to give the right contrast.  After everything dried it was on to assembly.

Step 3: Assemble the Body

A straight edge is crucial to get everything lined up.  It took an hour per side to complete doing 3 sides per cube.  I used a print out of the block I found online and blew it up to scale (I wasn't worried about it being pixelated :P)  A little dab of super glue on each tile and they are set.  Once its down, theres no going back, that glue dried fast and strong!

Step 4: Wiring the Guts

I went through a bunch of different interior lights be decided a traditional light fixture would give the best results.  I went with an LED 40w equivalent which doesnt throw much heat but is still plenty bright.  For the base I used an electrical box meant for ceiling fans and a 12ft extension cord to attach to the socket fixture.  I cut a small hole at the bottom of the box to feed the wire into.  I attached it to the base using a medium nipple and locking nut.  Then I couldnt figure out a good way to secure it to the bottom without using screws, so I hot glued it in.  The base has a removable bottom cap, which is what I glued down, so I could still remove the base if I ever needed to.  I glued some extra tiles to the bottom of the cube's lid so they would not slide around, then plugged it in to test!

Step 5: Finish!

After both guts where put in, all that was left was mounting to the wall.  I used some channeling to hide the wire.  I also decided not to use the colored lids as they made the room too orange.  The final step will be getting a pedal switch So I can turn them on and off while at my desk.

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    mdale1

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Can't seem to find the tiles on Etsy or anywhere else.
    Anyway you could provide a link?

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    phdearthwormmdale1

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I got these back when Etsy used to let you use Alchemy to post what you need and have the vendor come to you. I used SundrySupply for the 1/2" tiles and A Pile of Hats for the square tops.  I'm sure either of those could get you what you need upon request.  They cost about $60 and $25 respectively.

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    wilderv2

    7 years ago on Introduction

    could you post a link to where you got the boxes, i've searched amazon but found nothing similar to it

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