Making Flashlight

Apple paper folding flashlight

Inspiration

My Inspiration for this project is actually came from materials itself. After starting to gather some leftover electric parts, I found many small LEDs, some wire, different types of battery and some conductive tapes which I ended up start to work with.

I choose to go with the red LED light. So, many of my initial sketch ideas just poured out from the red color itself. I wanted to combine the concept with my hobby; which papercraft and paper structure. For example, I came up with a flipped paper ladybug concept, a water melon card, or even a love hand sign gloves. Anyway after doing a bit of small mockups with paper structure, I choose to work with the apple concept by using the translucent paper folding as a shell for the flashlight and the conductive tape as a switch.

First sketch Ideas that come from the color red. For example; a flipped bible bee flashlight, a water melon, an apple and even the hand sign for love.

First sketch Ideas that come from the color red. For example; a flipped bible bee flashlight, a water melon, an apple and even the hand sign for love.

Rough idea for the size of the flashlight.

Rough idea for the size of the flashlight.

Materials

  • LED light

  • 3V Battery

  • Conductive Tape

  • Translucent Drafting Paper

  • Electronic Wire

Tools

  • Wire Cutter and Stripper

  • Needle and Thread

  • Cutter

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Process

For The Apple Core : Firstly, I started from the core of the piece by assembling the LED with the battery, then wired both side (positive and negative) of the battery out to use as a switch. I wanted to put a switch in a leaf form as a part of my apple concept. So, I striped the elastic cover of both end of the wire off and apply the conductive tape that was already cut in a leaf shape on.

Checking LED light with the battery then assemble by attached it together with electrical tape

Checking LED light with the battery then assemble by attached it together with electrical tape

Core of the apple flashlight  - Think it would be nice if it’s able to hang as an actual apple, I also put a translucent plastic circle collar on it.

Core of the apple flashlight
- Think it would be nice if it’s able to hang as an actual apple, I also put a translucent plastic circle collar on it.

For The Shell : Cut the paper in a long rectangular shape, mountain folded and valley folded the paper followed the structure pattern, then assemble the paper by using a needle and thread into a round shape.

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Assemble : Finally, it’s time assemble! I put a thread at the plastic collar of the apple core with the needle, then just put the cover shell over. Just like a lamp - a miniature one.

Assembling!

Assembling!

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and time to play! :D

and time to play! :D

Conclusion

It was a very fun project especially when I was able to combine it with my interest in paper structure.
I ended up learning a lot about how to wire a basic circuit in many different ways. And even though I have some knowledge of paper structures, but sometimes you’ll never know that it’ll work or not until you try it out, so I had to give up so many initial ideas. I also learn in a hard way that things that look easy wasn’t always easy as it look and you might need to spend so much time than you expected just to figure out with your concept idea that will actually work.