Besides being my advanced version of procrastination, this project should tell you two things about me:

  1. I work off stress with my hands.
  2. I really like lamps (click here to see my IoT networked ones).

Anyway, this was the byproduct of a need to work off stress from the summer internship search (the sting of rejections...). Inspiration came from a raindrop lamp I saw a while ago, in addition to layered veneer sculptures that I've made before.

What's included in this tutorial: I made three total "sculptures:"

  • The first design is taken and slightly altered from my previous veneer sculptures; go to that tutorial for instructions on how I created the floral design.
  • The second design demonstrates how to do an "offset path" function on an image traced from the internet.
  • The third design features fiddling around in Adobe Illustrator (any graphics software would suffice) to create designs, similar to the first design.

Side note: If you like this project, votes in the Papercraft Contest would be appreciated!

Step 1: Materials

  • paper (anything ranging from light-weight cardstock to printer paper would be fine. Even thinner is great too in terms of allowing light to shine through, but then there's less structural integrity. The thicker your paper, the less light will shine through -- keep that in mind!)
  • X-acto knife or box cutter -- something that can cut through paper with precision (I know, not my description of a box cutter but it worked for me...)
  • glue
  • light source (I used LED string lights that I had lying around, but plan to move to wall scone suitable lighting later. Be careful with what you chose: remember that paper can burn and start fires if you use light sources with high heat dissipation. LED is usually quite safe, but incandescent bulbs, etc not so much. [Thanks to KeifD for pointing this out!])
  • For making your own designs: any vector graphics software (Adobe Illustrator is always my weapon of choice, but Inkscape is a free alternative.)
<p>Beautiful work! </p>
<p>Looka very fun to make! I'll try making them with Illustrator later today (says the 12 year old)</p>
<p>Its so beautiful......voted...</p>
<p>Thanks for your kind words and vote. :) </p>
It's beautiful!
<p>Thank you! </p>
Maybe 3d print this one too!! Could get some &quot;out of this world&quot; shapes.<br><br>Great work!<br><br>//A word of caution with paper. Paper BURNS under heat from lights. In this tutorial it is using LED lights with low heat. Just be careful if using other lights with heat. (Not directed at the author, but rather the followers)//
<p>3D printing would be a great idea! Thanks for pointing out the fire hazard; I've added it as a warning. ;) </p>
<p>This looks amazing! Such a great Instructable.</p>
<p>Thank you for your kind words!</p>
<p>I Love it.</p>
<p>Thanks :)</p>
<p>Very nice! I'm also fascinated by how lovely light can be used, like here. PS: I found the formulas on your scratch paper somewhat frightening.)</p>
<p>Thank you for your kind comment! I'm a math tutor so that was some calculus. ;) </p>
Looks great!<br>
<p>Thank you :) </p>
<p>Great One</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>All of those are beautiful :)</p>
<p>I'm happy that you like them!</p>

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Bio: In which I turn the thoughts from my head into objects in my hands
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