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DIY Lighter Aid

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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To provide assistance for those with limited fine motor strength and dexterity to light a lighter rod. MATERIALS USED: Plasticine or clay, Lighter rod, 2 component casting silicone with stiffness A30, 5 pieces wood, Low density polyutherane foam, Braided polyamide rope (rope with little stretch), 2 Eyebolts, Putty, Bicycle brake lever, Paint. TOOLS NEEDED: Drill, Sandpaper. PREPPARATION: 1. Personalize Hand Print: Use the Plasticine or clay to make a hand print of the person who will use the lighter aid. Model it so it looks like a hand grip. In our case and with special attention to Nicole's condition we had to support the thumb as much as possible. We tested this shape with ad foam model (because Plasticine was too weak to support the thumb). But if you use clay you don't need to make this foam model, because clay is strong enough to support essential parts of the hand. Make a hole where your specific lighter rod can clamp in. 2. Make silicone mold Use the 6 pieces of wood to make a mold. Make the mold as small as possible so you need a minimum of silicone. Glue the hand printed silicone of clay model on the wood piece on top. Then manipulate the mold with silicone until the model is almost fully under. Let the silicone cure for 3 hours. Get the model out of the silicone. Most likely the model has to be broken to get it out. 3. Casting: First spray the inside of the mold with release wax to get the model easily out of the mold. Fill the silicone mold with foam. Let the foam cure for a while. During the curing you have to embed the bicycle brake into the foam. So the brake is attached to the model. 4. Finish the mold: Sand the model to get a clear and good surface. Paint it in a color your client desires. 5.Assemble. Author: naessensseppe.


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