DIY Minecraft Lamp

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Introduction: DIY Minecraft Lamp

Minecraft Challenge 2018

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Minecraft Challenge 2018

In this instructable, I'm gonna show you how to build your very own Real Life Diamond Ore lamp! A friend of mine is a professional Minecraft Player. So I've decided to make this one for his birthday.

Step 1: Materials

I've decided to make this lamp as awesome as possible. So my material of choice was 3/4" glass tiles.
To lay down the mosaic pattern in the desired shape I've used a sheet of adhesive vinyl film.

Step 2: Layout

I've printed out the diamond ore texture and marked the colors from A to G. The pattern is made from a combination of 8 colors. 4 grey and 4 blue. Each side of the cube (16x16 pixels) contains 256 pixels.

Step 3: Box Assembly

Ok here is the tricky part, the box. My material of choice here is a transparent plexiglass. To figure out the approximate dimensions of my cube, I've measured the mosaic patterns I made before. I've cut and glued the 4 sides of the cube in an overlapping pattern (see the illustration).

The top has to be slightly bigger, to cover up the sides.

Step 4: Glueing the Tiles

To glue the tile sheets on top of the box I've used the Weldbond Glue. It's perfect for mosaic application and dries transparent. I pre sanded the plexiglass to ensure the stronger bond.

Note: Apply strips of aluminum tape on the outside edges of the cube before gluing the tiles. It will prevent light leaking from the edges of the plexiglass.

Step 5: Inside Part of the Box

I've used an aluminum tape to mask out the glowing pixels of the cube from inside.

Step 6: Lamp Socket and the Bottom Part

The bottom side of the cube is smaller than the top to feat inside the cube. It rested on 4 wooden blocks I've glued inside the cube. (See the illustration)

Step 7: Final Result!

Looks gorgeous! Isn't it?

With all that tiles on, it's quite heavy and sturdy. It weighs about 8 kilos. So prepare for some serious workout next time you mine diamonds. =)

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    1 Questions

    Hi,

    Cool design, where did you get the glass tiles and do they have a specific color code?

    gr Alex

    Got them in a local mosaics supply store. I'm not sure about the codes thought.

    2 Comments

    This looks great; I love those tiles, they look like fun to work with :)

    I like it,very inspiring project, thanks for sharing!