Lamps and light are a necessary part of every household, allowing us to keep playing, working, and living into the night. Since they can be found in almost every room of the house, I thought it would be fun if they could be themed. While recently at Ikea, I saw the Brån Lamp, a beautiful glass based lamp that was begging for a customization or two.
Step 1: Materials
You'll need the following:
- Ikea Brån Lamp
- Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
- Long Tweezers
Optional Inner Decoration Materials:
- Pebbles or Rocks
- Tiny Dinosaurs
You can get creative with almost anything--sea shells, buttons, action figures, sand, etc. For those that have the time, this lamp could be an ideal space for an entire scene or diorama set up, for example, ship in a lamp instead of a bottle?
Step 2: Removing the Top
You can use a hair dryer or a heat gun for this step, whatever you have on hand. I used a heat gun on it's lowest setting. Pointing it directly at the metal, rotate your Brån lamp base as you heat the metal. With a heat gun this step took about 7 seconds. Using a blunt object, or your fingers with heat protective gloves, begin to pry the metal fixture off of the glass base. If the glue has not gotten hot enough, try heating it again. Once you have broken the glue bond, you can finish removing the metal fixture using your hands. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL in this step as the metal can still be fairly hot and can burn your hands. If the metal is too hot to touch, use heat protective gloves or other tools to aide in the removal so that you can avoid skin contact.
Step 3: Threading
Step 4: Removing the Glue
I chose to leave the majority of the glue. Again, this step is optional and purely aesthetic.
Step 5: Base Medium
Step 6: Staging
Step 7: Put It Back Together
You can connect your metal top with blue tack or another easily removable adhesive.
Step 8: Plug In
Enjoy. Anytime you're ready to pick the tweezers back up you can change your lamp scene!