I made this clarinet lamp for my son who is a musician and a music teacher. It features a vintage silver tone clarinet, with a hand painted lampshade with musical notations. I added a blue light bulb for a special touch to use as a night light and to emphasize his love of "Blues" music.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Materials for Making a Clarinet Lamp:
A Clarinet (you could use another instrument that would work with a lamp)
A light fixture kit (I purchased a kit at Wal-Mart for $7.97, they had a couple of different ones to choose from and we thought about using parts from an old lamp that was broken...just remember to be safe.)
A lightbulb to fit your fixture
A lampshade to fit your fixture
A Black Sharpie Marker
Basic Tools (pliers,screwdriver, black electrical tape)
*Optional: Base for lamp or a clarinet stand
Step 2: Step 2: Adding the Light Fixture
Add the light fixture to the clarinet by first threading the electric cord down through the clarinet. I added this cord down through the last bottom key that opened, but if I make another I will just run the cord through the bottom of the clarinet because this makes the clarinet set a little off center. I plan to purchase a small clarinet stand to make the lamp more sturdy. It could be attached to a base, but I think the clarinet stand will look more "musical".
Step 3: Step 3: Secure the Light Fixture
Read and follow the directions for putting the fixtures together to make it safe. I had to put black electrical tape around the bottom of the light bulb holder to make it fit more securely into the top of the clarinet. Once the fixture is together, add a light bulb and see if it works properly. Once it is working, secure the light fixture to the clarinet with gorilla glue. Use the black electrical tape to hold the fixture in place until it dries. I let it set over night.
Step 4: Step 4: Decorate the Lampshade
I chose a white lampshade to allow the blue light bulb or other colors to shine through. I made freehand drawings of musical notations around the entire lampshade, starting with a curving staff. I used a black Sharpie Marker and it did bleed a bit. I believe any permanent type marker would work well.
Step 5: Adding the Finishing Touches!
Once the gorilla glue dries, remove the tape that was holding it in place. Add the lampshade and bulb. Turn on and enjoy a nice light. The music lover on your gift list is sure to "light" up when they receive this personalized gift.