Intro- How to make a Luminous Ornament appearing like a lady in the night.The ornament can be placed on the patio or garden and glows weirdly at night and calm by day.Can be made in 30 minutes. Also, it can rotate in the wind.Solar lighted.
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Step 1: MATERIALS/TOOLS
The materials are minimal-
1 Solar lamp about $2.00
1 Puffy Ball with eyes. Dollar stores[ Ankyo development Ltd.]Distributor . Comes in several colors.About 5 in. diameter.
5 paper clips.
Wire about 36 inches. Can be electrical wire , small guage[.015 dia.] or strong string.
1 swivel if you want it to rotate in the wind without binding.Fishing supply stores sell 6 for a dollar. or use polymer stretch cord for hanging it up in a tree or patio nail or hook in which case no swivel is needed..
Tools- pliers wire cutting type or scissors if nylon type strings are used..
Dremel drill if holes are used to mount the plastic face or paper clips are used..
Step 2: CONSTRUCTION
Start by marking off 3 spots at the edges of the lid. about 130 degrees from each other. This is not critical.
This is for triangle display at top .Glue with E6000 glue Let set about 30 minutes for max strength.
Mark two spots and glue 2 clips on the sides 180 degrees apart. This is for mount of ball.
Press ball against lit LED in dark closet. It musts light up or glow. The LED must press into the top of the ball. Set these aside and go to next step. Attaching 6 inches each of the mounting wires or strings as a three point attachment at top. If used attach a swivel to top apex.
Attach about 12 in. of string to swivel to mount out side.
Attach ball.Make sure the eyes are seen easily. We used a marking red pen and black pen to place more face on the ball.The lips are bright red .
Best mounting of ball is to loosely wrap two wraps of string under the ball and to the side clips [or holes,pre-drilled]..1/8 in. drill.]
A spot of glue under ball on string will help hold ball.
Do not crush the ball. Do not puncher it ; also as it will deflate in which case discard it..
When done the assembly should look like a lady with a flat hat on her hairy head.
Step 3: GARDEN USE.[OR PATIO]
The uses are endless.
In daylight it looks like a Lady with a blck flat hat on.
At night it looks like a ghostly head floating in the breeze .
As is usual with solar lamps you will need sunlight to shine on the top panel. Place the device in a sunny location. After an 8 hour day the lamp will light brightly for at least 9 hours at night. That is why we use a larger solar lamp using a AA cell.
In the garden we hang the Lady on a pole made with a side arm. A bush or tree is an easy location on the partially sunny side.
There are other rubber toys and balls that can be used here also. The can be tested as above for brightness.
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