My schoolteacher daughter wanted a couple of lights hanging over a computer table in her classroom, and also happened to mention that she had a globe that was just taking up space. Hmmmmm.......... hanging lights, globe? Seemed like a good design to me! This Instructable is about how I took a globe and a handful of lamp parts and turned it into a pair of hanging lights.
Step 1: Items needed
The parts needed for this project are:
- a globe
- two lamp sockets
- a swag lamp kit (contains the wire and chain needed)
- a pair of threaded lamp ferrules and end pieces with hanging loops
- a set of washers and nuts to fit the lamp ferrules
- white enamel paint
Tools used were:
- paint brush
- drill and bit
- shop knife
Step 2: Cut the globe in half
The most difficult part of this project was cutting the globe in half. Globes are formed from cardboard, and cardboard tends to get pretty ragged if you try to saw it. I've found the best method is to keep scoring the globe at the equator with a shop knife until you finally cut it in two. Unfortunately, most globes have a rather thick cardboard piece glued in this area, so you wind up having to cut through cardboard that is almost a half-inch thick. If you work at it, however, you will eventually cut through it, and if you keep scoring around on the same line, you will find the cut is very smooth.
Don't cut yourself.....
Step 3: Paint the inside of the globe
I painted the insides of the globe halves with white enamel paint. Two coats were applied. I used a small artist's brush to paint the cut edge.
I also enlarged the holes at the north and south poles to provide clearance for the ferrules that would serve as a mounting point and hold the lamp socket on each half.