I’ve been wanting to do this display piece for a while now. I wanted to make something with a lighted under base and a ground that was cracked. Like a science fiction look of a group that just ported in. Breaking the ground up and the energy still crackling below the surface.
So I started with a base from the hobby store, some dollar store led candles (tried out two types), a sheet of clear plastic, aaa batteries, cat-5 wire I cut down to size, tape, tin foil, and fimo.
I cut the hole in the center of the base first with my drill press, then used the scroll saw to cut the rest of the center out. Afterwards I chucked it in my lathe and shaved the top and bottom flat, and cut the lip into it. I cut the plastic clear to fit.
I then started with some color changing LED candles that while looked cool they didn’t flicker. I then tried the flickering ones and a piece of paper with lightning I found online just to get the color closer to what I wanted.
I tried milliput first and couldn’t get it to do what I wanted plus it was a mess to work with. I picked up some fimo and shaped it then baked it. After getting it back flat I froze it then started to break it up.
That’s as far as I made it so far.