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invention

Art Spinner

by elaine_littleBits

Published on October 3, 2016

CREATE A SPIN ART PLATFORM! Draw the next great artistic masterpiece or dizzying geometric patterns to hypnotize your friends!

 

These instructions correspond to the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit: 2nd Edition. If you have the first edition of the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, please refer to those instructions. They can be found here.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

  • The p1 power Bit sends a signal to the circuit.
  • The i5 slide dimmer controls how much signal gets sent to the DC Motor.
  • The o25 DC motor can spin in both the clockwise and counterclockwise directions. It spins at top speed when it receives full signal.

 

When you're done building your invention, keep the fun going by following the Invention Cycle below!

 

PLAY: Unleash your inner artist! With your medium of choice, create spin art masterpieces right on the paper plate. Try drawing squiggles or flowers. Make a mural with many spin arts put together!

 

REMIX: Develop a unique art style with Art Spinner!

  • EXPAND YOUR CANVAS. Try using cardboard instead of the paper plate for a bigger drawing surface. What else can you draw on? 
  • PATTERN YOUR WORLD. Use Art Spinner to customize your school supplies, gift wrap, or even your shoes!
  • MAKE A SPINNING ORNAMENT. Embellish pictures of you and your friends, your dog, or your favorite rock star and set it turning in your room.

 

SHARE: Compile all your spin art into a digital album on the littleBits Invent App! Show the community how you made it and inspire a new art form!

 

Duration: 15 minutes minimum

How To Make It

1

BUILD YOUR CIRCUIT.
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ATTACH A WHEEL TO THE DC MOTOR.
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PRESS YOUR CIRCUIT ONTO THE MOUNTING BOARD. Check out mounting board tips & tricks here.
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PRESS ADHESIVE SHOES ONTO THE DC MOTOR.
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ADJUST THE DC MOTOR TO CW (CLOCKWISE) MODE.
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REMOVE THE BACKING ON THE ADHESIVE SHOES AND STICK THEM TO THE SIDE OF THE BOX OR TABLE.
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ATTACH A PAPER PLATE TO THE TOP OF THE WHEEL. This will be your art canvas.
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WITH POWER ON, SLIDE THE DIMMER BACK AND FORTH TO CONTROL HOW FAST THE PLATE TURNS. Use markers, crayons, or paint to start making spin art!
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