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I've been making cut and folded paper lamps for a while now and get a lot of pleasure from designing, building and enjoying them. I was thinking that I've gotten so much from Instructables I would give a little back.

You can probably get this lamp made in an afternoon (depending on paint drying time) and it should cost about $15-$20. It uses simple techniques of symmetric and asymmetric pop folds which can be the basis for more complex designs. My goal when designing is to make things with a single sheet of paper that look like they couldn't be made with a single sheet of paper.

Enough gabbing, let's get lamping...

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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Paper - 24-3/4" x 18" (see Step 4)
Long metal ruler or metal straight edge & ruler
Craft knife with new blade
Something to indent the paper - embosser, blunted nail, empty ballpoint pen, etc.
Tool for pressing folds - bone folder, hard thing, etc.
Double stick tape - 3/4" wide
Puck light with cord, switch & plug
3/4" wood cut to 5-15/16" square
Bumper feet about 1/4" tall
Cord holder clips
Heat shrink tubing or liquid electrical tape
Drill with 1/4" & 3/32" bits
Soldering equipment
White paint
Possibly some other stuff

First we'll build the base...
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one blacklight lamp will be cool too ;)

your website never opens? need help plz

hi there

i am trying this lamp but i dont understand how did u give folds .the folding of cutting is a difficult step please give me little details on folding i will be very thankful to you

bobcharissa made it!10 months ago

i made a prototype out of cardboard and liked it so much that i made a pair with walnut base as a wedding gift for my kid sister. I made one more but monkeyed with the dimensions to give it a slender modern look. Fun to make and change!

drumdude1 year ago
Great instructable!
I have a question...
Where did you get the "twist switch" cord?
isarrais3 years ago
I made this. It´s 18 kg of iron. Hope you like!

That thing is AMAZING! does it light up?
isarrais3 years ago
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drips (author)  isarrais3 years ago
I don't like it, I LOVE IT!!

I've thought of making metal versions before but couldn't decide on a method to build it. If you care to share your process I'd like to learn. Thank you so much for making this wonderful creation. It is beautiful.
isarrais drips3 years ago
Thanks for your comments, Andrew.
I can show you some others iron´s kirigami designs if you want.
gairon_saga3 years ago
wow this is great, hope i can make it too.
Used standard tagboard with 3 10mm Super Bright LED's and make a little pyramid out of semi transparent paper which diffused the light.
Wow, yours looks great!
Blakeney6 years ago
Great instructable - what about an e12 socket and bulb? Not sure how to affix the socket to the base, though. Could use threaded pipe, but you'd need to thread the base.
drips (author)  Blakeney6 years ago
Yeah, that's why the puck is so nice - it's easy! I've used lots of different parts and if you want a regular screw in bulb you could try something like these:
(surface mount socket - medium base)

It would be essentially the same mounting technique as for the puck but you'd have more bulb options.
kwoodham drips3 years ago
These LEDs from Ikea are great for the less technical-minded among us:
They also come in a colored version for people who like that. They've got a nice long cord to each light, too, so you can spread them out all over the place.
keraiwailjs3 years ago
:D I like it.
vsree3 years ago
nice :) <3
smoke3994 years ago
These lamps are amazing. Is there any way to get directions for your other lamps? I'd really like to give Eight a try.
chinchymork6 years ago
This is a really sweet lamp!!! I made one out of thicker 8.5x11 in. paper and it still turned out really good. I used green LED's for the light and it is amazing. GOOD WORK!!!!!!
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Congrats on the first place trophy in the second pic!
lol i didn't even notice!
think green! I like this!
drips (author)  chinchymork6 years ago
Nice mood light! I love it in green. :-)
you know what else you could do? you could build a circuit with a potentiometer so that when you turn the dial, the color would change. (red, green, and blue leds, 1-5 megaohm pot. say, 1 meg.=all red, 2 meg.=all green, 4 meg.=all blue, 5 meg=purple, and anywhere in between would be different shades.) just an idea but this is awesome! 5***s!
 made it this afternoon, i am in love. thank you.

Made it last night! Amazing instructable. Thank you :)
krhansn5 years ago
You are brilliant and I can't wait to give your lamp a try. Thanks!
That is mass pwnage!!!!! btw if you replace the bulb with a led with a weaker battery source, then: 1) it's going to last for, oh, i dont know, 50 YEARS, 2) nice candle glow.
how do we set it up with an LED? (We would need a several to get the same sort of glow, right?)
drips (author)  echeung5 years ago
The easiest and most expensive way would be to buy an LED puck light but the good ones are pretty expensive ($40-$100+ USD). You could also redesign the lighting to use a different fixture (GU10, MR16, etc.) and slap an LED bulb in there. To save some money and have more fun you can build your own LED system. I'd recommend checking out any of Dan's great Instructables on the subject. Be aware that it can get to be a pretty complicated and awesome experience to make your own lighting, especially if you want multiple LEDs, dimming, optics, or other cool stuff. All in all, it's a worthwhile project though. Good luck!
matbh6 years ago
mbear6 years ago
You know, if you put some of these under a cantilevered bed they'd look pretty cool too.
darkferret06 years ago
this is so cool i made a somewhat smaller version of the regualar lamp but not as small as the metric lamp and then i sealed up the top and put a rrainbow color changing led base inside of it. It looks awesome.
I am thinking incorporating golden rectangles some how *starts feverishly drawing*
drips (author)  Nunavutnewsrules6 years ago
LOL @ "feverishly"! So true... I was heavily into ratios and other mathy stuff for a while. I was designing everything from the size of the paper, size of the finished piece, spatial relation and size of the cuts to the paper and to each other, and on and on, to be mathematically appealing or clever. knew that probably nobody would ever notice, but I took pleasure in knowing it was there. Then I went a little crazy!! So I went back to a freer design concept and just went for pretty aesthetics. I love the idea of the golden rectangle but beware my friend - those math guys and girls have a tendency to go batty!
"Haven't you noticed we are all a little mad?" Alice in Wonderland very creepy but so true lol
e_lectro6 years ago
I was looking up the Strathmore 500 Bristol 3-ply paper and saw DickBlick carries two versions, Vellum and Plate. Which version do you use for your lamps?
drips (author)  e_lectro6 years ago
You may already know this, but for the benefit of any interested party here's a quick comparison of the two types: - Vellum (Cold Press) has a toothier finish and looks flatter (i.e. not glossy). - Plate (Hot Press) is smoother and can look shinier than vellum. I use the vellum because I prefer the way it scatters light and I think it looks more 'dead' (even / flat). It won't have an impact on the structure of the lamp so you should use which ever you think looks better. Also, if you are going to do anything to the paper (like draw on it) the vellum is used more for softer media like charcoal and colored pencil while the plate finish is for ink and fine pencil.
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