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Topic: Bleh Ceiling Fan to Working Model of the Solar System  (Read 14849 times)
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« on: May 04, 2008 10:35:03 PM »

Whew! So, I promised myself that I would finally enter a challenge. After many set-backs (a few things left undone - grr...), I'm making myself post this, cause a promise is a promise.

Anywho, teaser pic for the thumbnails:

And here's the before:

My wife is an astronomy buff. She adores everything space-related. Myself, I've always been absolutely fascinated by models of the solar system. Scale models especially. Looking at my ceiling fan in the "study" (supposed to be the dining room, but books take precedence over eating in my household), I was struck how the blades revolve around a central light - much like a solar system! Yay!

So I took apart the fan and base,

flipped and painted the blades,

painted the ceiling black,

and sprayed it with glitter (I will be finding glitter in my house for the next year, but it was worth it)

The four innermost planets are made of Styrofoam and glued to the fan blades,

four outermost are made of paper mache (good old paper mache...)

Better shot of the glitter ceiling:

I harvested a rubber ball to act as my sun,

Unfortunately, as I'm sure you noticed, Saturn exploded when I tried to remove its ballon, and so Saturn is a barren paper planet until I can redo it.

Also, I ran out of paint a third of the way through Jupiter (which gives me huge amounts of "I told you so!"s to use against my wife the next time we're craft shopping. She swore we had enough. Pft.)

And, finally, my wire brace for the inside of the sun buckled and broke. I had to improvise a different one for the picture. It ends up being round, though the pics don't look it.

Positives! The planets are all to scale with each other (not with the sun, however.  It had to fit in my study). The distances from the sun are to scale with each other. However, distances and sizes obviously aren't. Neptune isn't visible in the pics because it's in the furthest corner from the fan. It wanted to be included, so here it is:

The best part, this is the project that never ends! We plan to add moons, the asteroid belt, and nebulae. Hurray for nerdy spousal bonding time!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008 11:32:20 PM »

Thats a cool idea. I wouldn't do it but I think it's great.
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 06:33:51 AM »

What a cute idea!  Would be a good learning tool in a child's room or any astronomy buff...if we didn't rent, I would try this in my son's room; especially like the idea that it could be an ongoing joint/family project as the universe is vast.
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