Introduction: A Recycled Mushroom Cloud LAMP

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Here is the prompt: if you have 1 dollar and a light bulb, how can you made yourself a cool lamp?

Find your old toys and Make them into a cool atomic boom lamp that actually function then ! XD

For a trash-recycling project I made this awesome lamp within a dollar budget. You can do it at home too!

※※※ Preparation Status

To make a cool lamp like this is not so hard :) All you need is find materials as below:

**But if you have a budget of 5$ or more that will be much more easier.

·A functional Light bulb ( In the example, a LED bulb with a E-26/27 socket *Found that for an)

·A socket (E-26/27 in the example)

·Wire, two ends wire would be better (In the example, a three end wire *recycled)

·Plugs (usually come with the wire)

·Plastic Bags

·Plastic tubes or cups

·Cottons (In the example the cotton balls originally come from an old toy bear)

· Steel Wire (Stronger wire will be better )

Tools Required:

· Scissors that cuts wire

· Electrical tapes

· Glue ( or glue sticks with glue guns)

· Last but not least, your hands !!


Step 1: STEP 1: Prepare Your Material

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In the example I've done, the three-end wire I found from an old electrics requires preparation to be used in the lamp.


Steps :


1. Cut the wire open

2. Find the GROUND WIRE:

** Different region might have different color for the ground wire, in this example is the green one.

Find the color for the ground line accordingly :

3: Cut the ground wire short to Insert the Steel wire inside.

4: Use electrical tapes and firmly cover-up the entire cut-open wires.

And now you have a wire ready for use with two ends :)

Step 2: Step 2: Make the Frame

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This Step is divided into two parts: Make the base ||| Make the frame for the diffuser

ONE: Make the base

Use the wire that already attached to a much stronger Steel wire, and fold the wire in spiral shape.

Leave a small part of the wire in order to plug the lamp in :)

After make sure that the base can stand by itself, Use tapes or Wires to bundle the wire into place :)

TWO: Make the diffuser Frame

Use plastic tubes (straws) or plastic strips ( Cut out from a wasted plastic cup) to form a shape for the cloud itself:

** Find reference pictures for mushroom cloud will be helpful.

Then cover the frame up with plastic bags collected from the street or at home!

**Transparent plastic bags will be better to use, for the light effect will be stronger and prettier to see in the following steps :)

Step 3: Step 3: Attach the Cloud

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·Use those cotton balls and attach those little fuzzy balls on the plastic cloud shape XD

· Simply use glue or hot glue ; Don't apply too much glue on the plastic surface or the cotton balls might get messed up in the end

· Rub the cotton ball to make it fuzzy and cute

·Then attach the base according to the Mushroom Cloud picture, too

Step 4: Step 4: Wire the Lamp

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Wire the lamp according to the tutorial on-line XD

I personally use this video on youtube ↓ ↓ ↓:

Then there you have the functioning lamp :D

Step 5: Step 5: Enjoy Your Atomic Bomb Shape Lamp !

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Carefully turn on the lamp and Enjoy XD


aakerjohn (author)2016-12-03

wow, looks amazing

Dreamchronic (author)2016-05-21

wow man, that is so awesome!

KévinG14 (author)2016-01-25

if you use a conventional light bulb yes, but not with led light bulb (low power = Low heat)

pachytrance (author)2015-12-31


sandman_365 (author)2015-12-17

tab328 (author)2015-12-15

instead of an e-26 led light bulb you could use a wall wart and solder some leds in, the heat would be in the adapter that's not inside the lamp, and you can disperse the leds throughout and/or have multiple colors and flashing/fading ones as well.

GregQ (author)2015-12-14

You killed a teddy bear for this? Say it ain't so! Somewhere there's a flaccid bear stretched out like a dead jellyfish;( Anyway, I did a similar thing back in '90 using urethane foam w/some blacklight paint that made it glow @ the top. Good job! No more bruins though, I can';t bear it!

tab328 (author)GregQ2015-12-15

can't BEAR it ahahaha

c2builder (author)2015-12-14

There are enough good ideas presented here to make me think fires can be safely avoided. And I want the thing to look 'active' somehow. Yesterday I suggested putting a heat driven, full-o-holes can around the lamp to make the light intensities change but someone pointed out that such would require HEAT, the thing we're trying to avoid. Bad idea; good observation.

It dawned on me that many xmas tree lights blink and that "the lamp" could be made from such (?). Actually that idea arrived well before dawn...

Another pre-dawn idea was to connect the lamp to a morning wakeup device (clock radio). Hack the circuit which fires the buzzer so it turns on the lamp. Could be named the "F. N. BadMorning" alarm. F and N could be Full Nuclear but I think I'll pronounce it "Effen". I'm gonna have to build one. Maybe Goodwill has the alarm I'll need.

gadsden (author)2015-12-14

Some synthetic toy stuffings melt instead of burning.
Possibility: Use fiberglass instead of cotton. But spray lightly with some type of varnish to prevent the irritating fibers from falling/rubbing off.

luckyedboy66 (author)gadsden2015-12-14

That sounds like a comfort/safety hazard. Fiberglass in the skin is awful and worse if ingested.

gadsden (author)2015-12-14

Use a mini mirrored ball turned by a rotation motor to reflect beams of light.

gadsden (author)2015-12-14

Use a mini mirrored ball turned by a rotation motor to reflect beams of light.

gadsden (author)2015-12-14

A tiny rotation motor could turn a miniature mirrored disco ball to cast flickering light patterns.

VendicarD (author)2015-12-14

Fire hazzard. I would not build.

Looks great though.

c2builder (author)2015-12-13

just my ideas...FWIW

1. Plan on testing your lamp in a place where a fire won't hurt more than the lamp. I use my outdoor grill for such experiments - and I have had one project ignite there. It was no problem - except for the piece itself - and the cleanup.

2. I would only use an LED bulb on this lamp (not incandescent) and I would work to keep the cloud material several inches from the bulb. The cloud material might need holes near the top to let hot air vent.

3. I would test the lamp with a higher wattage bulb than was going to be used in the house. Maybe the indoor lamp would have an LED which gave off the equivalent of 40 watts - so I'd test in the grill with 60. BTW, you could also _measure_ how hot the cloud material gets...

4. If the lamp ever falls over, changing the size or shape of the cloud, it would be wise to retest the lamp again.

5. Maybe _steel_ wool could be used in place of cotton. ?could it be pulled apart to make the cloud material? It would need paint. U.S. hardware stores typically carry steel wool.

Yonatan24 (author)c2builder2015-12-13

1. & 3. That makes sense, But with LED's it would be more like 4-6W

5. Steel wool might not be the best idea, It can accidentally cause a short and ignite easily...

c2builder (author)Yonatan242015-12-13

hmm, good point ! I hadn't thought of that...

Regarding the LED power values: yes, I know that a ?4-6W LED? bulb puts out the same light as a 40W ? incandescent but with 1/10th (?) the heat (not sure what those #'s should be). With a small enough true wattage value and, perhaps, some venting near the top, there shouldn't be a fire danger.

I may have to try this out. I think the overall idea is wonderfully creative and I'm happy to spend more than $5 to make it safe.

Here's a challenge for you inventor types: figure out how to modify this wonderful lamp idea to use any rising air within the lamp to turn a cylinder (metal can?) full of randomly drilled holes. The bulb should be inside the cylinder and the light escapes to the cotton thru the holes. The effect would be that the mushroom cloud would appear to roil angrily (I hope).
The can would also focus the hot air up the center of the lamp. You'd probably need to hide some vent holes in the top of the can and in the cloud above the can.

RanT1 (author)c2builder2015-12-13

1/10th the heat is about right, but that can still be a fair amount: a 60W equivalent is still putting out as much as a 7W night light/Christmas decoration bulb. But you've also got about 10 times the surface area to radiate it, so the fire danger is small by comparison.

Alas, less heat also means not enough hot air to turn the can: you'd need to add a motor.

Steel wool burns hotter and longer than cotton, and introduces more fire danger because it's conductive and could find it's way into the bulb socket. I think your testing ideas are great advice though.

ThomasK19 (author)2015-12-13

Stuffing a light bulb into wool is hazardous. You easily put it under fire. I would not really recommend this unless you're after a potential insurance fraud.

DejayRezme (author)ThomasK192015-12-13

I think LED bulbs barely get warm so it should be safe?

mrsnone (author)DejayRezme2015-12-13

How much do LED light bulbs cost? I've never bought them before. Do they fit in the $1 budget?

RanT1 (author)mrsnone2015-12-13

In the U.S., there's an interesting split in the market. Old-style 40W and 60W incandescents are still on the market, so you can get the equivalent LED bulbs for about $2.50 at the big-box stores (but check carefully if you have a dimmer switch: all of those cheap ones I've seen are not usable with one). The 75 and 100W ones have been replaced by the newer type of (slightly) more efficient incandescents that are more expensive. So those same stores charge $7-10 for the LED replacements because there's less competition (you also need to check for dimmability: $7 usually means "no", $10 is "probably yes").

ThomasK19 (author)mrsnone2015-12-13

Indeed they produce much less heat than a regular bulb but the ones that create enough light to be useful as lamp still produce heat. And without ventilation it sums up over time. So this IS dangerous still. LED bulbs are much more expensive than normal bulbs (10 $/€ and up).

ac-dc (author)ThomasK192015-12-13

No, it is not dangerous still. The thermal density of a light bulb is not high enough to ignite *anything*. What you might do instead is decrease the lifespan of the bulb by having this insulating layer.

Agree - this WILL tend to catch on fire after a while.....

Popcorn20148 (author)ThomasK192015-12-13

They are much more expensive, but they last an incredibly long time, making it worth several standard light bulbs in terms of duration.

Yonatan24 (author)mrsnone2015-12-13

Weak, Cheap, eBay ones might fit in a $1 budget, Maybe

BenL46 (author)mrsnone2015-12-13

LED bulbs cost about $8 to $15 depending on the wattage equilivent

billbillt (author)BenL462015-12-13

$2.34 at Walmart for a 60w equivalent LED.. yesterday...

DejayRezme (author)ThomasK192015-12-13

Yeah you are right LED bulbs are definitely more expensive. 4 bucks or so in packs

$35 for ONE at Canadian Safeways... I am not joking. I usually buy then in the USA, for a tenth of that. Both brand names, too, as I would not dare using a Chinese cheapo 'cause of fire risks.

AdrianF15 (author)2015-12-13

For safety, you could have a perspex or glass tube round the LED. That would allow for venting from below through to the top and would avoid direct contact with the cloud fibre.

spark master (author)2015-12-13

great for redecorating a 1950's home with period furniture and one of these to remnd us of how screwed up we humans are.

GYPSYOWL made it! (author)2015-12-13


BrettS2 (author)2015-12-13

Great looking project! You could soak the cotton material in a baking soda solution and let it dry. That will make it fire resistant. They also make fire-retardant pillow stuffing. Consider modifying the project to use 12VDC super-bright LEDs with the transformer external to the lamp.

twolf8 (author)2015-12-13

On the fire hazard thing - shouldn't most newer stuffed toys be made with fire resistant stuffing?

Also if doing the LED version, I would suggest adding a few red and orange LEDs to similar the fireball.

tecton47 (author)2015-12-13

That looks very cool! Especially for those of us from the "duck and cover!" era.

jsolterbeck (author)2015-12-13

that's hilarious

IngenuityAtWork (author)2015-12-13

Awesome project! From teddy bear to "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Haha. If I had one I'd name him Oppenheimer.

Firstdalek (author)2015-12-13

Have you considered painting it too? probably like black or a dark gray at the bottom, transitioning through reds and oranges, to white at the top.

Yonatan24 (author)Firstdalek2015-12-13

Somehow makes me think that someone can paint it to make it look like a Christmas tree... :)

jimmie.c.boswell (author)2015-12-13

well if you, are going to use an incandescent bulb. the real fine fake snow spun glass, would be safer for this application.

or you could use an rgb, led strip/s for various changing color effects.

Yonatan24 (author)2015-12-13

Looks really cool!

Perhaps the word cool doesn't fit in that sentence, Atomic bombs... Duhh

Anyway, Great job on the 'Ible

SoakedinVancouver (author)2015-12-13

Maybe it is because I sat staring at the Dome in Hiroshima a few years back, but I really can't find it palatable. A for Effort though, no bad pun intended. And please install a smoke detector above it for your own safety. Just disguise it as a UFO or something.

thesnowtheriver (author)2015-12-13

Perhaps the LED heat- issue is dangerous, but atomic bombs are dangerous too! What bitter irony. : )

HelenaTroy (author)2015-12-13

I'm always a bit worried about "cloud lampshades" - would love to have one, but how safe? I use energy-saving bulbs generally, but how far away would the shade have to be to be safe? or would leaving a "heat-escape" space at the top help?

Gairuntee (author)2015-12-13

I think her lamp will be fine with an LED bulb. I LOVE IT!!! LED that burns 5 watts will be the equalavant of a 40 watt bulb. Even after an hour of run time, you can wrap your fingers around it while it's on and not hurt yourself. Also, LED bulbs are pretty pricey but they last around 20 years (so they say) and the quality of light is way better than regular bulbs and curly bulbs. I buy the Ulilitech brand from any big box hardware when they go on sale. 6 for $9 for 9watt (like 60watt) "soft white" for my house. I buy "bright white" for my older family. Older eyes LOVE them. Walmart sells them under their house brand name for cheap also.

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