Easy DIY Bent Plywood Light Fixtues( NO Steaming, laminating or kerf cuts!)

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Why are light fixtures so expensive ....for the life of me I can't understand the exorbitant prices of some light shades.
I have never had a reason to buy a shade( cause I lived in places which already had some...and since I didn't own the house..I had no reason to change them)....so I was totally unaware of the prices...imagine my shock when I went researching the choices of light fixtures cause I was finally about to have my very own house.
I thought to do a DIY as I love crafting.
While surfing the net I fell in love with the iris floor lamp...so in the quest of finding the source...I found 'macmaster' . Their light fixtures are so esthetically beautiful.... and I was delighted to see that my Lotus Lamp was so smiler to their Flux Lamp.
Most of their lamps are so DIY friendly...so I thought...'Let's try some!'

This in an instuctable on bent wood...but we do not use the usual methods of laminates, steaming or kerf cuts :-)

In my Lotus lamp...I used a boiling and steaming method....but you know what ( don't shoot me!!) when I read a comment made in that instructable about different ply wood being made for wood bending...I thought 'Okay...let's see...and It worked...I basically used the same single plywood...to bend without boiling or steaming...but simply gently massaging the wood ( that's the best name I can come up with... :-P ) and it was very smooth...no splits as I didn't need much of a bend!
So basically...most single plywood is bend friendly......check from your lumber stores or...buy a small piece..and check!

Read on...to check out how I go about my lamps.

DIYatheart5 months ago

I like your writing style, and the detailed explanations. Massaging plywood lol. This goes on the list of my next projects. I don't really need one right now as I live in an apartment but I'm thinking, maybe I can concoct a table lamp using your techniques.

dulce.henry7 months ago

Your post is very inspiring, and I love your step-by-step instructions. (That IS a great GIF you found!)

shazni (author)  dulce.henry7 months ago
Thanks for your awesome compliment! I love the fact I inspired you :-)
shazni (author)  dulce.henry7 months ago
Thanks for your awesome compliment! I love the fact I inspired you :-)
byte_me made it!1 year ago

thank you! you're awesome! i made this with scrap plywood (1/8 inch thick) some screws, a light fixture and wooden spool!

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shazni (author)  byte_me1 year ago

THANK YOU for posting a picture! That looks awesome :-) your leaves are beautifully cut!

1happyone1 year ago
Love love love
shazni (author)  1happyone1 year ago
Thanks! hopefully i will have time to add one more lamp shade for the 'i can do it ' contest...only i cant seem to find it!'
this is lovely as well! love the lotus!! thanks
shazni (author)  picturesofsilver2 years ago
mjursic2 years ago
Nice one, Shazni. It's called luaun, pronounced lu-on. I've used it for everything! I'm even working on a tortured plywood luaun canoe!
shazni (author)  mjursic2 years ago
Being trying to reply earlier...but something seemed to have been wrong as it was not posting!
Btw...tortured wood? What sort of torture do you put it through??? :-)
HollyMann2 years ago
Wow - so beautiful!
shazni (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks :-)
shazni (author)  CreativeGeek2 years ago
xpat732 years ago
I Love your instructables.They are so amazing and you are very Creative .voted .this deserve to Win.
The cacoon lamp looks amazing, love the light effect! the vote button hasn't appeared yet, will vote for sure :)
shazni (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 years ago
Thanks Muhaiminah! love to have your vote....and the button is right up there! :-D
Voted! :)
Shabzy2 years ago
your creations r the best so far! will vote for sure :)
shazni (author)  Shabzy2 years ago
Awwww Thank you! looking forward to your vote!
You were right, I do love these. Now you're just showing off. These designs could be among those over-priced ones in the stores!
shazni (author)  donedirtcheap2 years ago
haha :-) showing off am I :-D
well....As you love it ....please vote! the buttons right up there
I think it's called Luan or "Door Skin" as it is commonly used to repair hollow doors that have had holes punched in them. Just ask at your local Home Depot/Lowes/Lumber Yard and they will know what you want. It's the thinnest and cheapest stuff they have in the plywood section.
shazni (author)  JimTheSoundman2 years ago
Thanks! I think I shall put that up in my instructable :-)
isn't it cool...using the cheapest stuff to make expensive looking things :-)
lindarose922 years ago
This is so beautiful! I love what you can do with wood! :)
shazni (author)  lindarose922 years ago
Thanks! and I loved your Spiral lamp too...reminded of a newspaper vase I did on instructables.
Oh these are so nice!! The weaving you did to make them is amazing, I tried to make something similar last year but my result was pretty bad lol
shizy252 years ago
These are GORGEOUS!!!
shazni (author)  shizy252 years ago
Thanks.... Please vote once it gets in the lighting contest ;-)
So Cool :). Is there any local name for bent Plywood or its the same plywood that is used to stick over wooden furniture for a polished look.
shazni (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
It's the cheapest wood :-) . I think it's the thin 8' x 4' sheet they usually sell but not the one with the shiny top... You can see the plywood in step 4 and also step 2 shows a side view.