Use the compass to draw 2 four-inch
diameter circles onto the cardboard.
Use the protractor to divide one of the
circles into twelve equal pieces.
Cut both circles out.
Measure and mark one inch of PVC pipe.
Cut it off with the hack saw. Sand the sawed
Center the PVC over one of the discs
and trace its outer edge. Cut out what you
traced. Repeat this step with the other
Make sure both discs fit snugly over the
Measure and cut six mini craft sticks in
Measure and mark the midpoint of the
sticks that you cut in step 7, but do not cut
them this time.
Glue the sticks upright along the 12
dividing lines so that half of each stick goes
past the edge of the disc.
Now apply glue to the top edges of the
sticks and glue the other cardboard disc on
Push the PVC through the center and
make sure that your gear is as level as
Once it is level, glue the PVC pipe in
place. The PVC will help reduce friction as
this gear spins over the lamp socket.
Use the compass to draw 2 two-inch
diameter circles onto the remaining
Use the protractor to divide one of the
circles into fifths.
Measure and cut five 1.5″ long pieces
from the wooden dowel. Sand the edges
Mark the halfway point on each of the
Use your pencil to poke a small hole
into the center of each small cardboard disc.
You will eventually attach the motor shaft
here, so don’t make the holes too big!
Glue each dowel piece to the 5 dividing
lines so that half of each dowel extends
beyond the edge of the disk.
Apply glue to the top of each dowel and
press the other cardboard disc on top.
Please refer to the PDF from week 9 of
the Fall 2015 Maker Camp After School
Program to see how to make this lamp
Find a piece of plywood large enough to
hold the lamp that you want to design. Ours
is 10″ x 11″. Drill a hole large enough for the
lamp socket to fit through.
Drill another hole that is large enough
for your motor. Before you drill this second
hole, arrange your gears on the board to see
where the hole placements should be.
Glue the lamp base to the bottom of
the plywood so that the lamp socket pokes
out through the other side. Your larger gear
will spin on this.
Glue the smaller gear to the shaft on
your motor. Make sure it is not glued to the
base of the motor and that it is parallel to
the ground when the motor is upright!
Mount your smaller gear so that the
dowels will hit the craft sticks directly in the
middle of each stick. Glue the motor in place
once you have found the correct height it
should be at.
Glue wall supports to your plywood
that are the same height as the base you
made in step 20. We made two notches in
one of our walls: one for the lamp cord and
one for the switch.
Glue the battery holder to the bottom
so that it is near the switch and motor.
Solder your circuit. The switch should
connect the red wire on the battery holder
to the red wire on the motor. The remaining
black wires should be soldered together.
This part is where you can really let
your creativity flow! What design do you
want to make to go over your bulb? We
made a cozy, A-frame cabin.
Use tissue paper or vellum to give
your spinning designs a surface to project
What will you have spinning on your
gears? We cut out paper children to run
through the cabinv. Make sure your design
is on a thick piece of paper like cardstock.
To attach your design, cut and strip
some hookup wire and bend it at a right
angle. Glue one side of the angle to your
Next apply hot glue to the corrugated
space on your large gear and wedge the
other side of your hookup wire angle in
between the layers of corrugation.
Make sure your design is above or on
top of the craft sticks, not suspended
between two sticks. You can bend the wire
into the desired placement that you want.
Add more designs to your gear. How
many can you make? Your lamp is almost
ready to go! Just finish building whichever
enclosure you want to place over the bulb.
Once your enclosure is ready, lower
it over the gears and finish decorating the
outside of your lamp. Happy making!
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