For this task, I created a Custom moon lamp that looks as realistic as the moon when we see it as well as possible with the unsupported eye. I’ve been looking for a lamp for a while that looks exactly like a lunar surface and highlights in a similar way. I finally decided on glass fiber as the construction medium. If you’ve never used fiberglass in your life, this is a great way to start using this exciting material. It is simple, inexpensive and you will be able to show off a beautiful piece of art in the end. In my opinion, fiberglass is a wonderful and little used creative medium. It is extremely forgiving, easily accessible, durable and inexpensive. It doesn’t require electricity, computers, or model programs and can be used by almost anyone.
You don’t need much or none of it. I have some and use them with the idea that the fabric of the fabric offers extra strength, i.e. fewer layers that build up. To be honest, the fiberglass mat on its own is very strong enough for this project.
In contrast to standard fiberglass cloths, it is exactly as the name suggests – a dense fiberglass mat runs in all directions, is not woven and can be pulled apart instead of being required for cutting. When handling raw fiberglass carpets, I recommend always wearing gloves. Since it is not woven like a fabric, the fiber can easily come off and cause quite a bit of itching.
There are several types of fiberglass resins. For this project I decided to use standard all-purpose resin. When you visit a fiber optic store, they sell resin in varying degrees. You want the cheaper amber resin (if you form layers, the amber tincture creates light and dark areas that mimic the surface of the moon.) You don’t need a huge can, the 1 or 2 liters can be plentiful.
The hardener or catalyst for this resin is methyl ethyl ketone peroxide or MEK. MEK is not very good to take and can cause skin irritation if you are not careful. The resin should come with something, look into the plastic lid when you’re in the store. If not, it is sold nearby and is only a few dollars for more than you need.
Realistic Touch-Sensitive 3D-Printed Full Moon Lamp
- Touch-activated round LED lamp
- Can produce cool white or warm white light
- Ideal for nightstands, bookshelves, and more
- Built-in battery rechargeable via USB (cable included)
- Geometric bamboo stand included
- Condition: New
- Dimensions: 10cm or 15cm diameter
- Designed to closely resemble the Moon
- Made using 3D printing technique