DIY Lighting Page 4

Make your own effect wheels

This page deals with the creation of some further simple 6" effect wheels for projection.


You will need the following items:

1. Cut glass circles 5.75" (146mm) and 1mm thick, or similar heat resistant acrylic

2. Effect wheel centre boss (for standard 4mm shaft motors) or metal washer disc for use with opti style magnetic mount

3. Thin rubber edging strip

4. Rosco supergel lighting filter or similar in 3 colours, for this wheel we will use R10 Medium yellow, R346 Magenta, R65 Daylight Blue


A. Cut circles from the three gels using the glass as a template, or scribe with a compas then cut.

B. Cut all circles into two equal parts (half moon shape)

C. Lay the gels onto one of the glass discs in the following order: Yellow, Blue, Magenta, such that you form equal sized colour segments (by overlaying one colour with the next and so on.

D. Now carefully place the other glass ontop to 'trap' the gels between the glass discs.

E. Carefully apply the edging strip and glue the ends of the strip to form a rubber edge seal.

F. Locate the exact centre of the wheel and glue and mount the boss or washer fixing.


Cut Glass Circles
Filter Circles
Cut Filters
Assembled filters

1. Cut Glass Circles

A. Cut Filter Circles B. Cut Filters C. Filters Placed
D & E. Top Glass + Edging Final Effect requires Boss  


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