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Picture of DIY Circle Map Lamp From Scratch
[ Overview ]

Hello everyone! This instructable will walk you through some steps to create this (or similar) table lamp. The lamp's pattern comes from an electron microscope image of a leaf. Dark areas in the image translate to small circles, while lighter parts of the image generate progressively larger circles. The image is cut into four panels which make up the lamp itself.

The whole lamp costs about $25.00 if you have free access to a laser cutter. I am fortunate enough to have access to a laser, which I used to make this lamp. However, you can simulate the effect by using a hand drill or drill press.

The pattern is generated digitally, using a program called Grasshopper. I'll only discuss this briefly, as this is not a technical tutorial and Grasshopper is a very complicated 3D modeling program. That said, I will post the pattern, drawing files, and source image along with this instructable for those who wish to use it. You can find a pattern online, make your own, or use mine.

[ Materials & Tools ]

1/8" Thick Hardboard
– this makes up the four panels and the base (Lowe's has 4' x 8' sheets for $9.00 and will cut down to size for you)
Alternate: Hardboard is sturdy and fairly easy to work with. However, you can use cardboard (which is surprisingly sturdy when laminated) or chipboard, or even thin plywood.

Laser Cutter
Alternate: Drill or Drill Press

Vellum or Mylar – this is used to diffuse the light (can find at artists supply store)
Alternate: rice paper, trace paper, or other translucent scrap-booking paper

Spray Mount (Supper 77) – can find at hardware stores or artist supplies store, or places like Michael's

Screwdriver

Small knife or wire strippers


Lamp cord (with or without inline on/off dial) – Hardware store, less than $6.00

Lamp holder (plastic or ceramic) – Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace. Costs about $2.00

2 small mounting bolts to secure the lamp holder
2 washers for bolts
2 nuts for bolts

Linseed Oil
(optional) – used to coat hardboard in order to provide a nice finish and darker material

Small piece of walnut or other wood (optional)- used in an optional detail to help hold lamp together

Super Glue (Loctite Gel)
Alternative: Hot Glue Gun

Foam Brush or Rag - for applying Linseed Oil
 
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asygoogle1 year ago
wonderful!you just inspire me a lot!thx
Beautiful :)
Dude that is a cool lamp! Once it gets accepted into the lamps and lighting contest I'll give it a vote :D
kickice82003 (author)  FoamboardRC1 year ago
Thanks, appreciate it.
That is so cool! I love the pattern :)
kickice82003 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks!