So I decided it was time to upcycle this lamp into a solar powered night light. Electricity is expensive in Brazil, but sun power is plentiful and free!;-)
This lamp isn't quite bright enough to read by, but it's certainly bright enough to light the bathroom at night for those middle of the night trips, without having to turn on the light. I've found that if I put the lamp outside in the morning, by sundown, there is usually enough of a charge to last through the night.
If you don't have a gargoyle lamp like this one, any small kitschy figurine night light will work.
Here's how I did it.
• Rotary tool
• Wire cutters
• Hobby knife
• Gargoyle lamp
• Solar garden light
• Masking tape
• Copper metallic paint
Step 1: Disassemble lamp
You can start from the top down, or from the base, by clipping the cable with your wire cutters. (Since one of the reasons I disassembled this lamp was to use the cable with the built in switch, I chose to snip the cable at the socket).
Usually lamps like this have a knot in the cable under the base, to prevent the cable from coming loose. If so, untie the knot, and pull the cable out.