This is a tool to help out with the creation of an ice-cream-stick-lamp (see picture). The lamp ommits a really nice light and can be formed as you like it.
However a native english speaker would call it - if you've got 5800 pieces of them you can make a great lamp out of it. Just drill two holes into each piece, connect them with a yarn and there you go. It's a bit of work, but the result is amazing. ;)
This thing helps to drill the holes. It is very time consuming if you try to drill every single hole for itself. So with my tool you can put around 14 pieces of them together in your drill rig and drill both holes very quickly by simply sliding the sleigh to the other side. Then remove them and thread a yarn through the hole. Do this with 800 pieces - then put hot glue at each end and press them together as tight as possible. Do this 7 times to create 7 rows. Take each row and place the ice cream stick in zig-zag order - one to the left and one to the right. Do this with a second row and knot them together. You can see what I mean from the pictures. The one shows the zig-zag-order, the other shows the ringe ob those rows, that create the lamp-tower.
Combine all 7 pieces to create a tower of around 2 meters height. Contruct or buy a lamp base and enjoy the athmosperic-light it ommits. ;)
To use this thing:
- Print one "Sleigh" (Version 2)
- Print two "Clamps" (Version 2)
- Screw the clamps onto a wooden plate so that the sleigh can slide between both of them.
Before printing - assure that the sizes of your ice sticks are correct. You can simply adjust them in the OpenSCAD-File!
This thing does not reduce the time to build the lamp itself. You still should expect around 20-30 hours to complete the lamp.
I hope the pictures help understanding, what I mean. I'll try to add more pictures and maybe a video very soon.
I ordered my pack of around 5800 ice cream sticks from the german company "Knauf sticks". They sell them in a nice looking curved form, too. But the lamp would work with straight ice cream sticks or craft stick as well.
The size of the sticks is around 9,2cm length and 1,8cm width on the widthest side.
Maybe there are other international suppliers you may ask. To help adapting my thing to different sizes every little parameter is adjustable in the OpenSCAD-file. So you should be able to adapt the OpenSCAD-file to every stick size you've got. Feel free to adjust it to your needs!
UPDATE 05/07/2012: I printed version one and tried it - it works! But it had some minor problems. I corrected them in Version 2 and made the whole piece much more stable. So now this thing is finished and you are free to use it!