Before I got my platform from the Olszewski studio I had made my own platform. The platform I made wasn't great but it was fun to work on. In the process I learned how to create connectors to light up my pieces through the individual transformers. I had stopped working on my own platform when I heard I could get one through the studio. (was very happy about that).
(old project detail here: http://www.tasod.com/mspweb/tamsppix/indexmsp.html )
I have since wired all but the Castle and Hub (they are the 1st edition).
Towards The Train Station
Table with lights.
Table with Flash - but internal lights still on. Looks great in low light.
22 awg stranded wire red ($9.95 spool)
22 awg stranded wire green (9.95 spool)
2.1mm two conductor barrel connector female ($2.95)
Molex friction connector four conductor ($.90)
Misc on hand
Solder iron / solder and flux
Shrink wrap tubing (1/8th)
Crimper for Molex friction connector pins
Steps - Sculpture side of the wire
Cut one red and one green wire one to three feet long.
Strip one side of each wire about 3mm to crimp to molex friction connector pin. Crimp one pin on only one side of each wire.
Connect green pin to position 1 (see picture).
Connect red pin to position 3.
Cut three inch red wire.
Strip both sides and crimp to molex friction connection pins.
Connect the short wire to position 2 and 4 on the molex friction connector.
This will line up to the colors on connectors on the sculpture.
Molex Friction Connector (flat side)
Steps - Transformer side of the wire
Place about a two-inch shrink tube piece over both wires (this will be for the molex connector side) - optional.
Place barrel connector cover on both wires (stress relief towards molex connector)
Place another two-inch shrink tube piece on both wires (this is for barrel connector side) - optional.
Place a small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) piece of shrink tube on the red wire (this is to protect the center conductor from shorting in the barrel connector) - optional.
Strip and tin about 3/4 of an inch of the wire.
Solder the red wire to the center conductor of the barrel female barrel connector. Trim excess as needed.
Solder the green wire to the outside conductor. Trim excess as needed.
Shrink the tubing for the center connector - optional.
Shrink the tubing over both wires at the barrel connector side. Leave far enough back that the barrel connector cover will screw on correctly (see pics for position) - optional.
Screw on the barrel connector cover.
Shrink the tubing by the molex friction connector - optional
Tie wrap wires together every couple inches and trim excess tie wrap "tails."
Connect to your sculpture and power adapter.
Press on the hydrant and enjoy!
Barrel Connector Female 2.1mm Center conductor positive.
Shrink tubing over center conductor to prevent shorts.
Shrink tubing for stress relief. Note, back a bit to allow cover to fit.
Barrel connector cover screwed on.
- Your materials may be different. Adjust as needed.
- Adjust wire length dependant how for the piece is from the access hole.
- My Castle and hub weren't made for the a/c adapter. I have to work on that.
- Olszewski studio is planning to release a lighting/power kit. You can wait for theirs. (it will probably be cheaper than total material costs of do-it-yourself )
- The lights only stay on 5-10 minutes then time out. I think this was to preserve the life of some of the bulbs. My City Hall piece does not time out though.
- Right now each piece is run on the individual power adapter that came with the set (wire nest). But, I unplug all power when not in use (they get warm - even if not lighting the set). I plan to make a larger transformer and interface board.
Wires with tie wraps just added.
Tie Wraps trimmed.
Running under the road.
Wires through the access hole.
Ready to light!
I truly love my collection. I also love that I can work on it for more presentation possibilities and that the set just doesn't sit on a shelf (I am sure the investor-collectors shudder). I will also tackle the track kit in the future.
I hope this helps another. Let me know if any questions or if I should clarify some points.