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Lumenzilla’s Old Lumen BLF Contest Entry

Hi..

Recently I found some interesting material called polymer clay and I want to explore this material for my DIY hobby. It’s not a new material and I believe many of you already knew about it.

I was inspired by the ceramic Minion by Lux RC and I want to mimic it with budget style.

So here’s the ingredients:

This build will be a direct drive. But this might changed if I found a spare driver in this very tight deadline: 3 days left.

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First step is building a negative contact. I planned to use a copper pipe but I accidentally destroy it when tried to unbending it :doh:

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If you want to manipulate copper pipe heat it first on the gas or flame, it becomes soft then Thumbs Up It doesn’t have to be hot to bend it – you will be able to do it by hand (just about) when cool.

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Thanks Goose, I should do a research before bending it forcefully

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Got a chance to continue the build, here are some pictures:

I decided to use amber LED, reflown into aluminum MCPCB with very simple reflow tool.

The result:

The MCPCB will be used as a simple pill as well.

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I attached the negative pole of LED with the metal tube and used kapton tape to secure the “pill” into the tube.

Adding some sort of switch..

And testing..

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After the “engine” is ready, now it’s time to build the host for the flashlight.

I said that I want to mimic Minions from Lux RC but my sense of art is far from good. So please expect the unexpected Party

I grated the polymer clay with knife and it’s quite hard.

I added few drops of baby oil to soften it. Unfortunately the treatment process was undocumented because I forgot to take some pics.

After struggled shaping the clay as I wished, I managed to build these poor shapes Tired

I believe Serge will be sad seeing a terrible shape of what should be looking like a Minion replica. This is far beyond it.

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As instruction on the packaging, I need to harden the clay with oven. 110-130 degree Celcius for 10-30 minutes.

I don’t have oven so I used a pan on top of stove. I put the lid to keep the heat inside pan.

Using smallest fire possible, I waited for 5-10 minutes until I smelled smoke from the kitchen Facepalm

What a mess!

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I think it’s a game over.

As I really want to find a solution for the host, I need to take a rest because it’s midnight already and I have to work tomorrow Big Smile

Well, I still have a few hours to finish it. I’ll close my eyes and I hope tomorrow I get fresh idea to finish the build.

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Nice to see you in the contest lumenzilla Wink
About the host…how about…hot glue?
You have some coloured glue you can use (in case you have it at your disposal)!

In any case, good luck and good work Thumbs Up

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lumenzilla wrote:
I think it’s a game over.

As I really want to find a solution for the host, I need to take a rest because it’s midnight already and I have to work tomorrow Big Smile

Well, I still have a few hours to finish it. I’ll close my eyes and I hope tomorrow I get fresh idea to finish the build.

REMEMBER – you only have to make a working light…….. worst case scenario, wrap insulating tape round it. Even in it’s most basic form, it will be a light, it will be hand made and it will still likely win a prize. Thumbs Up
Don’t give up now. Lesson learned for next year.

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Welcome to the competition! Too bad about that host. Building can be frustrating. Just take a moment to breath and then start looking around. I’m sure there is something sitting around from which a host, even if a humble one, can be fashioned.

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gchart wrote:
Welcome to the competition! Too bad about that host. Building can be frustrating. Just take a moment to breath and then start looking around. I’m sure there is something sitting around from which a host, even if a humble one, can be fashioned.

This.
Hacksaw a something hollow up Evil disposable mop handle maybe? Chair leg and drill it out lol, if you saw all 4 off it won’t show Silly
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Can you get Fimo or Sculpey in time?
Though it seems both require an oven. Tired
RockLight!… what a good idea.

I am truly amazed by all of y’alls skill set. Impressive :bows:

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MascaratumB wrote:
Nice to see you in the contest lumenzilla Wink
About the host…how about…hot glue?
You have some coloured glue you can use (in case you have it at your disposal)!

In any case, good luck and good work Thumbs Up

This idea came into my mind this morning. I have black and clear/translucent hot glue sticks, I think I can mix them to give it a pattern.

@All
Thanks for the supports!

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Out of nowhere, I found this permanent marker and it fits nicely with my “engine”.

Chop chop chop

Another chop

Drill a hole for the switch. I’m using Peak Eiger’s momentary switch.

and ready to assemble!

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Tadaaaa…

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And final testing:

It works! Party Party Party Party Party

I know I shouldn’t point the torch into eyes but it’s into camera Silly

I’m done and thank you!

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There ‘ya go! Cool!

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Atta boy!!! Now that’s what I’m talking about. If you’re creative enough, anything can be a flashlight host Big Smile

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@MtnDon & Gchart
Thank you, Sirs!
I can feel the adrenaline is pumping Glasses

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MtnDon wrote:
There ‘ya go! Cool!

Stole the words from my mouth lol!
Don’t be ashamed Lumenzilla – why on earth would you feel like that?
Yes, things could have worked out better – but that’s the beauty of your entry – you adapted, and made good as best you could, and didn’t just bin it/give up and that is the main thing – you have a working hand made light.
Well done!
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Great build lumenzilla! I especially like that it says “twist”, must be a kind of child safety feature Party

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You did it Wink
Great! Well thought about the marker host Wink
I may copy some ideas later on Innocent

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Sorry I missed your entry lumenzilla. Nicely finished thru your troubles Beer

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Pretty neat idea ! I know it wasn’t funny for you when the first host “ burned “ , but I got a chuckle out of it from your description and pics . Glad to see you overcame that minor setback.

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Congratulations, mas (it’s ‘bro’ in Javanesse) lumenzilla. That DIY flashlight is amazing!

“Come again, please, come again, Whoever you are. Religious, infidel, heretic or pagan. Even if you promised a hundred times, And, a hundred times you broke your promise, This door is not the door of hopelessness and frustration. This door is open for everybody. Come, come as you are.” ~ Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi

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Thanks guys for all your kind words!