How to Make a Model Satellite

Step 1
With mostly recycled materials like bottle caps and cardboard and some craft supplies, you can create a model satellite. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.
Step 2
Start by spray painting a collection of caps, toothpicks and recycled cardboard (such as a cereal box) either silver or gold. The collection here consists of 1 baby food jar lid, 1 bottle cap, and 3 toothpicks. The cardboard is cut into 2 strips each measuring 1 ½ inches by 6 inches. Your collection can consist of other recycled caps. You can make the caps two-toned by spraying the insides with gold first, and the outsides silver. Allow to dry for 20 minutes.
Step 3
Using a gold leafing kit, gold leaf a small cardboard box such as a recycled halogen light bulb box (pictured). A square box is best, but not necessary. This one is 3 inches by 3 inches. You could also use a tea box, juice box or even a toilet paper roll cut in half.
Every gold leafing kit is different. Follow your brands' specific directions. You could also omit this step and simply spray paint your box goldStep4
With scissors, trim a piece of blue glittered cardstock into 2 strips measuring 1 ½ inches by 6 inches. You want these to match the measurements of your sprayed cardboard strips.

Step 5
Apply glue to the backside of a cardboard strip and attach to the backside of a glittered strip, inserting a sprayed toothpick ½ inch deep between the cardboard strip and the glittered strip. Repeat with the other strips. These will be the “solar panels” on your satellite.

Step 6
Place the glued strips under heavy books for 30 minutes. If edge where toothpick was inserted does not seal completely, re-seal with hot glue or tape.

Step 7
With a hot glue gun, attach a sprayed toothpick to the backside of the sprayed bottle cap. This will be your "receiver antennae."


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