This is a nice glitter ball made by my wife Mieke. The ball is made of styrofoam and is covered with pieces of mirror glass, that are cut to size and glued onto the surface of the styrofoam ball.I designed the electronics to make the ball rotate very slow and to control the LEDs.I used red, green and blue 10mm high brightness LEDs that are lined up so the whole top of the glitter ball is illuminated by the LEDs. The individual LEDs have a lens built, so the light is focussed into a cone-shape. Over short distances, they give a strong reflection on the pieces of mirror glass on the glitter ball. The red, green and blue LED’s are controlled by a Microchip PIC12F683 microcontroller.To make the ball rotate very slowly i used a 3V mini brushed DC motor, but i control the motor in an unusual way to get the required slow and smooth rotation : i use a digital output of the Microchip PIC12F683 to give a short burst of pulses to the DC motor about every 1,8 seconds. This short burst of pulses makes the motor step forward with a small step every 1.8 seconds.The ball is hung up from the motor using a piece of thin fishing line. The motor, while making small steps, will generate torsion in the fishing line and the ball will start rotating slowly. Each step of the motor will in fact be damped by the torsion of the fishing line.”


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