Ahh..it feels so good to make a lighted object after such a long time. In reality I never stopped thinking about making lamps & lightings but I was giving a trial in other areas of creativity. :D
"When you want something the universe conspires in helping you achieve it"- The Alchemist.
Isn't it so true?
I wanted to make a different styled lamp. I think some of my ideas were unique yet I was not motivated for a go-ahead until 2 days back When I found a big conch shell while cleaning my backyard where I keep my garden supplies (Soil etc.). It reminded me of my first visit to a sea shore in South India, where I found this conch shell. I was a kid and the feeling was no less than finding a Genie lamp of Aladdin that time
And I decided to use the shell for making a new lamp, a different one, a pendant.
Lets get started. Oh.. please vote for me if you like this ible :).
Step 1: Gathering the Required Stuff
NOTE: Please ignore the chain in the image above, I initially thought of using the chain to hang the shell but later I chose the metal tube and found it a much better option
- A Conch Shell.
- A Nose Plier.
- Earthing or Ground Wire.
- A metal tube (Thickness like a pencil).
- Some wires for lighting.
- LED 1 watt with driver or LED bulb small enough to go inside the shell. I had a spare LED fixture which I bought for lighting my almirah. I found it suitable for this job.
- Insulated tape (May not be required in your case)
Lets make some prepration now in the next step
Step 2: Wrap the Shell
It might have been easier to just drill a hole in the shell and hang it but I did not want to hurt the natural beauty of the shell and decided to wrap it using wire (The idea came from a jewelry pendant made using a tiny conch shell, probably artificial.)
- Take around 2 feet of wire and create a square-inside-square design as shown in Images 2a-2d using nose pliers.
- Hold the design right below the shell and wrap the shell such that if you hold the wire from top, the shell should not fall down (Image 3)
- After wrapping is done, cut off access wire keeping a little extra to make a small square design at the top( Image 3).
You are almost done, Lets jump to next step for making arrangements to hang the shell and put some light in it.
Step 3: Hang and Light Up
Like I said earlier, you can choose a better method of lighting the shell, I chose this because most of the stuff was already available with me.
- I took the LED fixture & removed its outer cap. I glued the reflective glass of the fixture using instant glue (Image 1).
- Take earth wire about 1.25 feet (a little longer than metal tube) and insert it inside the pipe. (Image 2)
- From one end, bend the wire like a hook (Image 3)
- Attach the LED with the electric wire, insert the wire inside the metal tube, put the LED inside the shell.
- Hang the shell by hooking up the wire from the metal tube.
- Cut off access wire from other end keeping a little to create a loop for hanging the pendant (Image 4).
- The ready lamp should look like Image 5
- No two shells are same, if you get one, you may have to adjust the way you wrap wire around it.
- I chose LED because I had one and it fits perfectly inside the shell, you may have to try some options depending on the shell you got.
- If you can get thick copper wire, that would look even more awesome.