This is the first in a series of posts, incorporating the Crumble Controller into simple craft projects, “helped” by my just-turned 5-year-old. The electronics aspect was a bit beyond him: he doesn’t yet have the motor skills to clip the croc-clips or to drag-and-drop the software blocks with a trackpad. He enjoyed working on the design of the lamp, though, and the whole project was completed quickly enough to hold his interest.
- 1 laptop with Crumble software installed
- 1 Crumble controller
- 1 Sparkle
- 1 micro-USB cable
- 1 battery box with croc-clip attachments; 3 AA batteries
- 3 croc-leads (red, black & green)
- 1 plastic shower gel bottle (washed & thoroughly dried)
- 1 cardboard box
- 1 sheet of black card; silver wrapping paper & stickers
- Scissors, hole-punch & sellotape
The Crumble was connected to the computer, via the USB lead, and we began to experiment with setting the Sparkle colour.
The final program is shown to the right.
We found a box big enough to contain the battery box, crumble and sparkle and cut a whole in the top to stand the plastic bottle in. The sparkle was sellotaped inside the box so that it shines straight up into the bottle and the rest of the electronics were squashed in around it.
Aesthetically, I felt we could do a bit better. I wrapped the box in an off-cut of wrapping paper and replaced the red paper with black card. The 5-year-old had already worked out that it’s necessary to fold paper or card to make holes in the middle, so the cylinder became a cuboid. A few scattered silver dot stickers enhanced the random effect.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The lamp ended up looking better than I expected, given how quickly it was thrown together. The tangle of wires in the box, though, is not ideal: shorter croc-leads and a more secure way of fixing the Sparkle in place are required. A switch on the outside would also be useful so we could turn the lamp off and on without taking it apart.
Can you do any better? We’d love to hear about your Crumble projects!