Oriental Lamp




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Introduction: Oriental Lamp

After several years being member , i decided to publish my first instructable , my DIY decorative lamp .
It is an oriental Japanese style lamp . And i'd like to use LEDs instead of other light bulbs , because its an economical solution and you can choose any color you like. Moreover , you can use RGB led driver to control a color changing lamp , which is easily found here.

Materials and Tools :

1. Wooden square bars - 2cmx2cm . Length : it' depended on your lamp's dimension . Mine is a 20cmx20cmx32cm so a length of 2m is enough for me.
2. Wooden round bars - 1cm diameter . Length : your lamp' s heigh multiplied by 4 (+ extra ) .
3.Wood hand saw and metal hand saw .
4. Wood glue, which can glue wood and paper too ,and Epoxy glue (AB glue)/ Wood putty.
5. Sandpaper.
6. Bench grinder/ Wood sander and Drill machine (6mm drill bit).
7. Flat black spray paint .
8. Translucent color paper .
9. Power LEDs and driver board :
it should be a converter from AC220Vand wire connected with plug .
10. Some more things : 502 glue , wooden panels 4x4 (cm), electric glue tape ...

Or RGB LED smooth transition controller board (plz refer to database) . Or i recommend you this fade leds circuit (smooth transition of two colors ): http://www.bowdenshobbycircuits.info/page5.htm find "Fading Red Eye". But you'll need to amplify to drive power LEDs.
This following video i made to show off my artichoke lamp made of translucent paper . It's an example for using fade led circuit .
Besides showing everybody the original instructable in the end of the video , i had made an instruction , how i replace the material which the author recommends to use in original post with translucent paper. DIY Artichoke Lamp original instructable.


Another video about PWM leds .


Step 1: Saw and Glue

We need 8 x 20cm bars which have the ends cut 45 degrees. Then use sandpaper or wood sander to flatten them. I dont have wood sander so i use the bench grinder to do the job , lol.

After that , glue them together with wood glue to have two frames like picture frame. Dont worry about the gaps , just passby them and make sure the frames are square.

While waiting for glue drying .We will cut 4 round bars with length = 30cm.

Then make some cuts about 1cm distance from the ends of each round bar.

Use bench grinder and a knife to whittle the ends to 6mm diameter.

Step 2: Drill and Glue .

Use wood putty to fill the gaps of two frames. Wait for them drying . I used AB glue , about 4 mins hardening.

Mark the positions where you will put 4 round bars and slowly drill some holes. Test with rounds bars , Dont worry if they are loose.

Use sandpaper or wood sander to flatten them.

Put all the things together , find the best look .

Remember positions of all parts , glue 4 round bars to the top frame , only top not both , using wood glue , remember dont take apart bottom frame !

Wait for glue to dry.

Step 3: Spray

I used flat black spray paint to spray the framework. But , before this step , you have to think about which kind of paper you'll use to choose the right color.
Now wait for paint to dry.
After finishing the framework , i thought about feet for this lamp . So if you are interested , make 4 feet and glue them to the bottom frame. Then spray the whole wooden framework.  See images.
The white  framework is the smallest . Because that i'll use a modern pattern translucent paper kind, i use white spray paint . Dimension are 10cm , 10cm , 17cm height. Column is 7mm diameter . It'll be used for another desk lamp project.

Step 4: Choose the Right Paper.

There're some kinds of paper , pattern paper , translucent paper . I used translucent pattern paper .

Step 5: Glue the Paper Sheets

Cut and glue each sheet of paper to each side of the framework . Make sure paper sheets are flat when they are glued. You can edit when take apart the top frame.

Step 6: Decorate Outside

I use ribbon, just use something suitable , refer to keywords " oriental japanese (chinese) lamp " when search for images .

Step 7: Electronic and Electric Part

I used 3x1W led driver , it looks similiar to this one  : http://www.ebay.com/bhp/led-driver-dim. Or build a new one.

LED 4300K : warm white
Heatsink 3x1

Step 8: Finish

To this step , basically , we have finished the lamp .



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    Got ya'.
    Well done with the improvisation.

    cm stuff in really nice an all. but what abut all those dit (do it together) and diyers out there that prefer inches to metric?

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    Surely you can use either dependant on your preference? It's only a bit of simple maths to convert one to the other or use one of the numerous conversion websites.

    Because i used 2cmx2cm square bar for the frame , that means i have to use smaller bar for the columns , but when i visited local shop , their 1cmx1cm square bars were not planed well , that's why i used round bars instead. Of course square side would be easily glued with paper . That's an option , not important because i will use ribbon to attach along the columns and we can easily recognize the convenience of round bars.

    Metric is much easier than imperial in my opinion; 2 cm is about an inch. whichever measurement system you choose to use you can still make the same project to your own specs. I'm only wondering; why choose round stock at the corners?
    Why not use long pieces with square sides, glue and staple your paper then finish with your trim?
    I'm not criticizing, this is a great instructable!