I love doing things in bulk!
Step 1: Collecting supplies.
A lamp kit. About $8 at Walmart.
1/2 inch Diamond Drill bit! (about $18 at the depot)
Hollow, metal threaded rod...for the center structure.
(I upcycled an old lamp...you can too, unless you are a machinest!)
Light bulb and Lamp shade.
Step 2: Disassemble and drill.
I bought so many broken lamps at yard sales and thrift stores...paid about 50 cents to $3 for each.
I took them apart mainly for the center structure rod. It's a hollow tube with threaded ends on both sides...keep the nuts that thread on it too.
If you are or know a machinest, I bet they can put some fitting threads on either side of a cheap hollow metal rod.
Alas, I am fixing an old lamp and making it better!
But save all the pieces until you are finished, because you may need spacers and weights and stuff...
Because I bought old junky or broken lamps I replaced all the hardware. Safety third--right?
Next. The drilling.
Drilling glass, china and ceramics is very basic...seems scary though.
Take a baking sheet and place a bath towel inside it.
Place your plate, teapot, cup or saucer so you are drilling through the bottom on the towel.
Mark with a sharpie marker your center dot.
Pour water onto your "to be drilled" item. The bottom lip holds the water perfectly.
To begin the drilling, you start slowly at a 45* angle. When you have carved out a decent half circle groove you slowly bring the bit up straight and bore the hole all the way through.
This took a lot of time. Slowly and patiently! I didn't break any glass!
Each piece just needs a hole straight through it...except your base piece...it needs a hole out the back for the wiring!