Lately I got more and more interested in upcycling old furniture. You have a lot of options for making something modern from something old. The internet is full of ideas and it almost gets to be a trend. So I wanted to try it out. I got this really old furniture. One piece was a TV holder of sorts. I wanted to build it into a projector holder. So it needed also a little of building, cutting, etc. before I got to paint it again. The result is not perfect for sure, but it got my interest and I will do it again for sure.
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Some time ago I built a clock for my living room, since I found nothing to buy which had at least tolerable designs 🙂
Of course my son seeing this had a request of his own. So to summarize, he said he wants:
- a radio controlled clock
- with a dragon on it
- on top of a moon
- which has a night light which starts automatically at night
- using black light for some extra style
- a radio controlled clock module (this one)
- round acrylic glass
- wodden base
- wire for the structure
- dry braches
etc. to be specified in the next steps
OK, so I started with the electronics. In this part I wanted to do the following:
- night light using some 5050 led strips
- black light using 5050 uv light led strips (396 nm light)
- make it all with solar charged batteries using this ripped up diy kit
- charge by day and go on automatically by night
So I started putting all together like shown in the fritzing sketch: 3x 10kO resistors, a simple photoresistor and a TIP120 transistor. All connected with the 12V leds and the 3.7V battery/solar charging module (also used a 3.7V to 12V voltage step-up converter)
I went on to build the actual clock. I started painting the back side of the acrylic glass with:
Amsterdam Specialities – black light reflective paints
Started with yellow, and went on with some orange/red to give it a moon-like structure paint. While painting it I used a black light flash light to check the effect.
After that I fixed the clock module in the center of the glass.
OK, for the eyes you need to take the time since they have to be nice.
First I printed something from the internet, in the style I wanted. Then I cut out the form from the bottom of a plastic bottle. Then I painted them on the inside starting with black, then yellow, then the red base.
Then I cut out a wooden circle and inside a rectangle to fit the clockwork.
Then using a lot of wire I started to form the base of the dragon, which later on had to hold the branches and twigs. It consists of 3 parts: the head, the wings and the tail.
I had to watch the form having in mind that the mouth should be lit, the eyes need a plain spot, the wings need to cover the black light led strips and hold the solar charging module.
Now every part of the dragons I planned to do with twigs, but the inside of the mouth and the wings had to look more real so I used some papermache, which will be painted red in the next step.
The teeth (also twig parts) I fixed first with hot glue, and covered with papermache.
For this next step I almost melted my hot glue gun 🙂
I started covering all the base of the dragon with cut twigs, following its form and body parts. It took some time but it is really fun to see how he grows 🙂
Also used some twigs on the wings to give everywhere the impression this dragon consists only of bones … hence “Bone Dragon”
For some finishing touch we made it all shiny with a clear coat spray. I sprayed some more on the inside of the mouth.
At the end I put on the electronics and glued all parts in place:
- the photoresistor is on its tail
- the solar panel on the wings
- the black light led strip is under the wings
- 3 small light strips (3 leds each) are under the eyes and in the mouth
So when lit, the paints on the moon start to reflect the light looking like glowing.
Hope you had fun, we sure did 🙂
And another long overdue project of mine, which started with us painting my son’s room.
My son also wanted to have a firefighter truck painted on his wall. But since I had some electronics stuff on my mind which I wanted to try out anyway, I promised him much more than a painting.
The idea behind, is to have a somehow 3d painting, with lights, and more states of programming. I decided to go with this:
- Idle mode: all lights are off, but if the light sensor senses no light, the headlights go on 20% of their power
- Headlight mode: headlights go on 100%
- Action mode: all lights animated somehow like a real firefighter truck (see video)
Cycling through all actions is done with a touch sensor on the lower left part, near the wheel.
Had to wait 25 years to be able to do this … But it’s my house now, and my swagg goes on the walls 😉
Just had to paint my son’s room, since it’s the old room of my daughter, and it had pink clouds in it, and for my son … just … no way … had to be done 😉
Since I was a child I was fascinated by fluorescence, phosphorescence and bioluminescence. Seing the movie Avatar was the cherry on top that motivated me to make some of my own decorations.
Some time ago I discovered what UV painting is and decided to try it out. A few Artists I found also tried to merge daylight painting with UV painting. Meaning that by day you see a normal painting, and if the room goes dark, and uv light is on, the painting looks just like a scene from Avatar by night, glowing, shining, … and suddenly I wanted to make this a hobby of my own.
It all started with me browsing through Instructables and finding a lot of great ideas. I came across the CapSense Arduino library and a great instructable, and just had to try it out. The idea behind is you create a proximity sensor using just aluminum foil, an Arduino and a 10 megaohms resistor. It is very easy to put the peices together even for an electronics beginner as myself. I got it started and a LED was blinking based on the proximity of my hand. As soon as my kids saw this, it was not my project any more, and I had to stand behing letting them play with it. I got them to back off only by promising them a magic orb based on this … 😉