Bloom is a parametric pendant lamp created with Grasshopper 3D. This instructable will cover how to cut and assemble one, as well as the concept behind the GH definition and how to manipulate the design.

If you don't have access to Grasshopper, you can use the provided templates in AI and DWG format to cut your own. If you don't have access to a laser cutter, but have lots of free time, it's still possible to cut by hand with an exacto.

Step 1: What You Will Need

1. Material - Anything thin, flexible and cuttable. I used a wood veneer. (You can try a rigid material if you're feeling lucky and use the GH definition with the kerf bending option)

2. IKEA Hemma pendant lamp cord http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/1017581...

3. 1/8" metal brads for attaching the pieces (plastic rivets may be a more elegant and permanent solution)

4. 6 bolts #6-32 x .5" (a more elegant fastener might look more... elegant)

5. 12 machine nuts #6-32

6. 3D printed replacement part for the IKEA cord, file attached (this is not required, but if you don't use it, you'll have to figure out another way to attach the lamp).

Very interesting, beautiful
<p>very nice</p>
<p>Woh, that is beautiful! </p>
<p>Building this for my girlfriend for valentines day. First time using a laser printer and the pieces came out great. Ill post a picture when i'm done!</p>
<p>Hope she liked it!</p>
<p>very creative</p>
<p>You should enter this in the lamps and lighting contest that's going on right now! It's so cool! <a href="https://www.instructables.com/contest/tarun/">https://www.instructables.com/contest/tarun/</a></p>
Thanks! Unfortunately I'm ineligible to enter contests because I'm an artist in residence here at Instructables, but to me that's the ultimate prize.
<p>Haha, yeah, you have pretty much already won the best prize!</p>
Very interesting way of making a lamp! Looks great! I am tempted to try something similar, but I guess I have to cutt the pieces by hand...
Thanks! It can be cut by hand with a lot of time and patience. That's how I used to make everything before I had access to these machines.
<p>Tarun's contest just opened up, you ought to enter it....(hint hint)</p>
<p>Darn it, you beat me to it by 22 minutes! I knew I saw a light of some kind that wasn't entered into any contest... </p>
<p>Thanks for the heads up!</p>
<p>This is Awesome :). Loved it.</p>
<p>That is beautiful! Love the design :)</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>

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