Introduction: Keyboard Circuit Sheet Lampshade

I had a really old keyboard lying around that I planned to use to make a Keylendar.  Upon opening it up I noticed that the circuit sheets were a really pretty bluey/green colour.  I thought this would make a great lampshade. 

For the light source I used an LED puck light connected to a USB cable so that I can have it near my computer.  The light cast through the lampshade is not overly bright but it makes for nice mood lighting.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • Old or unwanted keyboard
  • Light and power source ( I used an LED puck light connected to a USB cable)
  • Metal tin
  • Glue
  • Clear packing tape
  • Hole punch
  • Screwdriver

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Sheet

The keyboard circuit sheets can vary in appearance so unfortunately there is no way of knowing whether you circuit sheets will be as pretty as these.

  • Dismantle your keyboard and extract your circuit sheets. 
  • Roll the sheet into a cylindrical shape and fit into your base.
  • Mark where the sheet begins to overlap and cut off the excess

Step 3: Tape

Apply clear packing tape to one edge of the sheet, roll it into a cylinder and tape the edges together.  Fold any excess tape over the rim or cut off.

Step 4: Prepare Light

For the light source I used a LED puck light powered by my computer through a USB cable. 
  • If you have never made a USB light before simply strip the end of the USB cable that is not connect to the computer. 
  • You will have four wires inside, ignore the white and green ones (you can just cut these off), the red is positive and the black is negative. 
  • Since the voltage from the cable is 5V and my puck light uses 3V a resistor is required.  Use http://ledcalc.com/ to assist you in finding the right resistor. 
  • Connect the positive (red) wire to the resistor and the resistor the the positive part on the light then the negative(black) to the negative. The light should now work.

Glue the light onto the base of the lamp.

Step 5: Make a Hole for the Cable

We will need a hole in the lampshade for the cable to exit. With the hole punch make a hole on the circuit sheet cylinder just above the edge of the base and make a small slit from the hole to the bottom.  Slip the cable through the slit to sit in the hole.

Step 6: Glue Top and Bottom

Once the circuit sheet cylinder and light source is ready simply put it all together and glue the base and top on.

I used the metal lid and bottom of a container of bath salts.  The lid was used for the base since it had a nice rim.  I'm not entirely happy with the part that I used for the top but when I went back to the store to buy more of the same bath salts (with the nice lid that I could use) I was disappointed to find that they no longer sold them.  I've been on the look out ever since.


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astroboy907 made it! (author)2011-03-07

Hey- if you still have your keyboard could you shoot over the model #? Thanks- Astroboy907

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-07

I no longer have it but I did take a picture of the model #, etc. The model number is SCORP104. I don't know if the rest of the info. is helpful.

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lezogeek made it! (author)2016-01-30

I make it with an old box of Vosgienes that I sand and an old led light plugged on 230v. It's beautiful. Thanks for the idea.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2016-01-30

Wow, that looks really nice. Thanks for posting.

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alfredopolis made it! (author)2014-08-18

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longwinters made it! (author)2011-12-16

Great idea: It's projects like this that make me glad I discovered this place.

You deserved the first prize.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-12-16

Thank you, and for the patch too!

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hussam.tech made it! (author)2011-08-14

good work

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-08-15

Thanks!

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NaturalCrafter made it! (author)2011-04-24

This is a project I would love to do. Thanks for sharing.

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CrLz made it! (author)2011-03-28

Beautiful!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-28

Thanks, I think I lucked out with a really nice looking keyboard sheet.

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CrLz made it! (author)CrLz2011-03-29

I'd say fortune favors the prepared- this and your tea lights are really nice circuitry artwork. Thanks for sharing!

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cdawisconsin made it! (author)2011-03-09

Amazing idea. Love it =)

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-09

Thank you!

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shesparticular made it! (author)2011-03-08

Looks awesome! Great job!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-09

Thanks!

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SG1Oniell made it! (author)2011-03-07

Why can't I favorite this? It won't let me

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-07

Unfortunately a Pro membership is needed to favorite something.

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SG1Oniell made it! (author)SG1Oniell2011-03-07

You're kidding? When did that happen? I was able to favorite several others today, and have probably 300 favorites or so. Why did this happen?

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-07

Sorry, I must be mistaken then, it must just be a bug.

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SG1Oniell made it! (author)SG1Oniell2011-03-07

I was going to say it didn't seem right, plus I was able to favorite others after it. I think the issue is that the bar that contains the steps at the top is blocking the favorite option at the top of the page. I would love to favorite this, you did a really great job with it. Perhaps after the contest bar goes away it will be able to display the favorite function, untill then, great job mate.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-07

Thanks.!

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Jago13 made it! (author)2011-03-06

This would also be pretty portable because if you have an iPod, you can plug the usb into where the iPod's usb would go and then plug that into the wall.

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wholezam made it! (author)2011-03-04

awesome... ANG GALING NG IDEA MO FREN...

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-04

Thanks!

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johniram made it! (author)2011-03-02

I love the design!

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MandingaRes made it! (author)2011-03-02

Fantástico!Es un buen ejemplo de como reciclar las cosas y lo pondré en práctica en mi escuela para enseñar a hacer a mis alumnos.
Muchas Gracias!!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-03-02

Thank you!

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georgiapeach773 made it! (author)2011-02-28

I think you could also use those plastic containers that new CD stacks come in for the top and bottom.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-28

Nice idea!

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ramhardikar made it! (author)2011-02-28

Good one!

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georgiapeach773 made it! (author)2011-02-27

Nice!
I'm thinking there must be a way to attach old CDs to use as the top and bottom. They would have a hole built in to vent the top and you could run the wire through the one on the bottom if you glue on some wood beads for feet.

If you know someone who does scrapbooking, jewelry, collage, or shadowbox art, they might have a use for your keys.

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-A-N-D-Y- made it! (author)-A-N-D-Y-2011-02-27

don't use wooden beads for the feet.... use the keyboard keys! :)

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georgiapeach773 made it! (author)georgiapeach7732011-02-28

Excellent!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-27

CDs are a great idea!

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nahuel_6 made it! (author)2011-02-27

Just great! An excellent idea, simple, cheap and easy to do! I will check the colour of the circuit sheet of a keyboard i have in disuse in order to make this...

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sharzz made it! (author)2011-02-27

This is a lovely contemporary lamp. I will collect the materials and make one. Thanks for a clear instructable.

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PyrocanthaX made it! (author)2011-02-27

Now...I want to find an old key board, and break it open to see what I can find...:)

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soydannn made it! (author)2011-02-27

i loved it =)

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M.C. Langer made it! (author)2011-02-27

I think it's an awesome idea!! :-)

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-27

Thanks!

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MichelMoermans made it! (author)2011-02-24

Great work Chrisy! :D

I also can't believe I wasn't subscribed! Well... it's apperantly called "following" now... So I'm following you now! (okay that sounds stalkery... :p)

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-24

Thanks. The term follow is going to take some getting use to.

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MichelMoermans made it! (author)MichelMoermans2011-02-25

Yeah it kinda looks facebook-e.. I thought we were going to try to avoid that... Also what the hell? I can log in via facebook now?!

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freakyqwerty made it! (author)freakyqwerty2011-02-27

Thats what I was thinking- why the hell would we want to log in with a facebook account!?!

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stncilr made it! (author)2011-02-24

Just came back from the thrift store with two tin can lids, a kids night light and an old keyboard. Currently waiting for paint to dry on the lids.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-24

Cool, feel free to post a picture here when your done.

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stncilr made it! (author)stncilr2011-02-26

Here you go! Can anyone suggest a project that can reuse the keys from the keyboard? Check out more of my projects on my flickr account! (and you'll find this image properly rotated!)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stncilr/

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-02-26

Nice! Did you check out the keylendar (https://www.instructables.com/id/Keylendar/). That's what I did with my keys.

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