- Digital Calipers
- Hipe 8 LED Automatic Motion-sensing Night Light
- 3d Program
- 3d Printer
You don't need the same light that I have, I just happened to have this on hand. The techniques can apply to any type of light. The light that I have is round, can lay flat and is battery operated. Instead of gutting the unit, I decided I would make a sort of sculptural lamp shade with a housing that holds the light as its base. You could omit the housing part that I make for the light (the little inward feet) and make only a plain shade that you can place over a small candle or LED light.
I've also uploaded the generic versions of this design as .STL files to Thingiverse.
Step 1: Getting Started: Planning & Measuring
You can use any 3d program that you want such as Blender which is free. I'll be using 3ds max but the techniques/suggestions can be used in any program or are basic enough so that you can apply the way I build a model to any project. It does help to know a little 3d modeling but even a beginner should be able to follow my steps.