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A knight's lamp

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Hi everybody! In this instructables I'll show you my latest design of lamp. Just imagine, you're a knight on retirement, you're enjoying yourself with the spoils of past conquests... but what to do with your trusty helmet? Look no further! Turn it into the coolest standing lamp!
 
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Step 1: Materials needed

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In the picture you can see an exploded view of the lamp.

materials:
-medieval looking helmet (I bought mine for 45 euros at a flea market)
-crankshaft of a car (found mine in a scrapyard for 5 euros)
-some electrical wires and 2 lamp sockets
-metal tube (diameter slightly larger than the crankshaft axle diameter) and some assorted metal for the lamp support
-round base for the lamp, I used a copper dish that fit it perfectly.

Step 2: Fit the crankshaft and copper dish together

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Nextly I fitted the crankshaft and copper dish together with some sturdy steel bolts. To do this I first drilled some holes in the right places in the dish. Straightforward job ;)

Step 3: Build the lamp and helmet support

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Then I assembled the helmet and lamp support. First I welded two parts of metal into a U-shape that can support the helmet. Then I welded 2 small lamp sockets in place. In these I screwed some 3 watt LED lamps. Normal lights work as well but then I got a "hot metal smell".

As you can see, the metal tube isn't fixed to crankshaft with screws or welds, it turns freely.

Connect the electrical wires to the sockets and... done!

Step 4: Final assembly

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Put the helmet onto the helmet supports and swivel it until it looks right. As an afterthought I added a clear piece of plastic that I painted red. This makes the light more diffuse and almost looks like a demonic knight :)

Now sit back and enjoy one of the most sturdy (20 kg) and manliest lamps you'll ever see.

If you like the design, please vote. I'd really appreciate it!
dorkpirate6 months ago
a metal tube would have been boring. the crankshaft looks cool. I've seen them used in trophies and art before and it always winds up looking awesome. good job on the lamp. I love lamp :P
bkelly10126 months ago
I Love Lamp...haaa...Voted!
action pig6 months ago
The crankshaft looks amazing with the helmet! Voted :)
kjstewart776 months ago
one of the COOLEST lamps ever!
bkelly10126 months ago
No way! the crankshaft looks so f'n cool dude! I seriously wanna make this!
Jobar0076 months ago
Why a crankshaft and not a more simplistic metal tube? The crankshaft feels out of place with a helm.
Mr.Hyde (author)  Jobar0076 months ago
Call me crazy, but I think it looks perfect together. Maybe this is my crazy side speaking, but to me it sometimes looks like a spinal column!