Stick + Coal : the Minecraft Torch of Protection

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About: I've studied in industrial design, with an interest expanding into many fields. Curiosity and the motivation to improve my environment leads me to work on new personnal projects around the appartment. Once ...

Intro: Stick + Coal : the Minecraft Torch of Protection

I wanted some extra light here, so I decided to build a torch. While looking for the colors, i stumbled upon this model on ThinkGeek. it looks really nice, but my need for light is only on a metaphorical level. I kept it simple: print the model, cut and glue. Voilà!

Step 1: Materials

Step 2: Print & Cut

Pixels in this model are 1" wide and the dimensions of the finished torch are 2" x 2" x 10", but you can resize the model before printing.
  1. print your model on a tabloid paper (11" x 17"),
  2. optional step: depending on the rigidity of the paper you printed on, you might want to glue the print on a cardboard, something like a cereal box. 
  3. follow instructions and cut slightly inside the printed area.

Step 3: Score & Fold!

Flip the model, align the ruler with the folding lines and score them with the back of the knife's blade. Applying excessive pressure might damage the paper. Fold along all the created grooves, no need to over-bend.

Step 4: Glue!

Apply a thin layer of glue, especially if you're using a water based glue because the paper will warp. 
Gluing areas in the indicated order will ease the assembly.
You don't have to wait until the glues dries between each step, just make sure it holds in place.
Use a pen or a similar tool to apply pressure in the spots hard to reach. 

Step 5: Throw on a Wall or Offer As a Present

The base is made to fit a piece of a half inch foamcore (2" x 2 5/16")  i had available. You can also use a piece of wood, or simply use a tape. Do not hesitate to offer a torch to those who might need one. 

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brla0666

1 year ago

i put mine on a night light

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TheGoddamnBatman

2 years ago

Will an A4 size sheet of paper do for the template? Because it looks kinda big, and my printer prints only A4.

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blackholeseeker

3 years ago on Step 5

stick a LED in it add a small switch and then u got a torch!

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emmarose

3 years ago on Introduction

This is cool! Torches from the store are sooooo expensive. I'll definitely make one!

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LithiumRose

4 years ago on Introduction

my sister LOVES minecraft so i just made her two and put them on her wall. she has no idea so she'll be surprised. Mine turned out kinda crappy, but its only because im not that good at this stuff but she'll appriciate it :)

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woz.arturLithiumRose

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Haha, she will have a nice surprise! The good side of pixelated stuff is that the imperfections aren't that visible :P

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woz.arturSeranok

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I don't remember, i think it was a 80 lb paper. I had it printed at a printer, and i simply chose the thickest in the cheap papers!

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taattooed3

5 years ago on Introduction

Very cool,the kids love minecraft,think I'm gonna have to try making a few with wood and led's. Thanks for sharing.

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Dragonknight

5 years ago on Step 5

This is pretty cool. I'm thinking of modifying this: Making the torch out of wood, and using plexiglas for the flame (painted or tinted, of course). Run an small lamp socket and wiring to it, and voila, you have a true lighting minecraft torch. My little nephew is gonna love it! Thank you for the inspiration!

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Hah, I have one in my office now! Gonna see if I can make one in plastic =)

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sunshiine

5 years ago on Introduction

This is very nice! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine

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GorillazMiko

5 years ago on Introduction

I've been wanting to make these for the longest time. Thanks for making my life a bit easier! :D

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