I made a really nerdy thing recently, I have to confess. I’ve been seeing all these Legend of Zelda items lately, and so I felt inspired to create that tiny, annoying companion you’re stuck with. Without the sound effects, though. That would be unbearable. Anyway, let’s dig into this Navi build!
First off; supplies! Nevermind the foam in the background, I only used that for the wings on the prototype I made. I mean, you can use that if you’d like though, it all depends on your preferences.
A pair of white tights
Clear fishing line
I started off by cutting off the end part of the plastic globe with a hacksaw. The edges turned out to be a little rough after this, so I just smoothed out the edges with a Dremel. If I haven’t said it enough already, it’s an amazing tool and it’s useful for incredibly many things. I absolutely recommend this tool for all DIY’ers out there.
The wings need some sort of base structure, so I used some steel wires to bend into the shapes I needed. I used a drill to make perfectly sized holes in the plastic globe that I could fit the wires through. I made sure it was quite tight, so that it wouldn’t move around after I’d fit them in their sockets. They didn’t really look like wings yet, so I added some detail to them using a soldering iron and more steel wire. Once I was happy with what it looked like, I reinforced it with a little hot glue on the inside of the globe so that they wouldn’t slide out of place.
Done with adding detail. Unfortunately I have no pictures of this due to a corrupt hard drive that wouldn’t be my friend, so I lost a ton of files (including those pictures). Anyway, I used the two pairs of white tights I’d bought to cover the wings. Before sewing it in place, I wanted to add some LEDs to the wings. I drilled two holes for each wing that were big enough to fit a single LED through. Then I soldered four and four white LEDs together for the left and the right side of the globe, and made sure to have some wires that were long enough to work with from the outside. I used hot glue to fix the LEDs in their sockets, and then sewed the tights tightly around them so that they were completely covered up.
I wanted to use this switch to be able to turn it off and on whenever, so I had to make a hole for that in the thin piece of wood I used to cover the top with. So I drilled two holes, finished off with a file, and glued the switch on with hot glue like a true DIY’er.
Note: This was a temporary solution. I just made a quick battery pack of two AA batteries (each have 1,5 volts, and the LEDs I’ve used only need 3 volts) that I had taped together. I soldered them directly to the switch. What I want to do when I have time is to buy a battery holder case and a) make an easily accessible opening to change the batteries from or b) buy rechargeable batteries and add a female plug that I can charge it from. So this was not a good solution, but a quick one that needs revision.
Here I’ve used 2 PCBs that I’ve cut in the shapes I needed to make a pyramid. They’re all soldered together, and I’ve cut off all the tips. Why, you ask? The light is quite directional and pointy, so when you cut off the tips the light spreads and gives a smoother, more even light. It wouldn’t look too good with small dots all over the globe.
After connecting all the PCB pieces with some wire, I used a hot glue gun unto some old empty tape roll I had lying around. It made a perfect base for my pyramid.
I used a cable connector to easily connect both the wires from the pyramid and the wires from the wings to the switch. When it was all connected and no wires were in the way, I shoved the whole thing inside and glued it shut; and, of course, made sure to burn myself on some hot glue in the process. Ain’t no DIY project without some hurtin’.
The last thing to do was to add some clear fishing wire to the top at the lengths I needed to attach it to some small hooks on the ceiling. I used hot glue for this too, but after a couple of days it didn’t hold. I just added some really small nails to the wood plate at the top and some more glue, and that wasn’t a problem anymore. The nails did their job. And finally… it’s finished!
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Thanks for watching and remember to stay nerdy,
The Natural Nerds