I love doll houses and mini objects so for my new circuit craft challenge, I decided to make a miniature lamp using LED lightbulb and coin battery.
The first step in the process was thinking about how the battery and LED bulb will be held together to stand on its own. After referencing a real lamp for ideas, I decided I needed something that was flexible, sturdy and easy to mold into shapes. The paper wrapped floral wires I used for my previous projects came in handy.
When creating the lamp shade, you have to keep in mind of how it'd sit on the lightbulb and the vertical space required to cover the bulb and the battery. Since I was trying to go for minimal support, I left a small round opening in the center of the horizontal wire so the bulb can be inserted to hold the shade in place. The half circle on the light stand would work as the battery holder to keep the coin battery secured.
Once the LED and battery were stationed, I placed the shade over the stand with the LED wires matching to the right sides of the battery (positive to positive, negative to negative).
Once everything was working, I finished off the lamp shade with fabric covering and decorated the trim with lace. Integrating simple circuit concepts into crafts helps take ideas to a new level and can open up all kinds of possibilities for crafty girls who might not be exploring engineering and science topics on their own.
Self-taught illustrator, entrepreneur and maker, making ways to turn interest into passion and career.