You can laminate thin strips, steam bend or kerf bend.
I wanted to try a petal shaped pendant lamp...since my lamp was to be light laminating was out..so was kerf cut bends as there would be nothing to cut since I wanted to use the thinnest ply wood...that being single ply :-)
So here is an inexpensive way to try out this cool pendant lamp.
I will be doing steam bending...and for a DIYer this will be pretty easy and achievable (not a distant wish) as it requires equipment which can be found in your kitchen!
UPDATE : Once your cut your wood...and if it is the thin plywood sheet which is also called 'Door skin' which is also the cheapest wood....you should check on this instructable.... it skips all the soaking, boiling and baking process...much easier and faster.
Also please vote for it in the 'Lamp and Lighting Contest
Step 1: What you need...
about 10 cm square wood plank
heat resistant dishes to the shape you want
Step 2: Template
Cut a wooden circle about 8 cm in diameter with a 45 degree bevel. Cut 2 cardboard templates of petals...one larger .
measure the diameter of the inner circle of the wooden circle approximately..divide it by 6 and reduce a bit from the length..let's call it 'A'
Take this 'A' measurement and check for the width of it in the larger petal and cut it off...check picture for reference.
Using the template cut 6 larger petals and 6 smaller petals. hot glue it to the wooden circle and check if all measurements are to your liking...trim a bit till you get the proper size.
Once your are happy ...use the final template after adjustments and draw on wood...now aren't you glad...you didn't go ahead and do it on the wood directly?? imagine the headache of cutting bent wood! agh! horrors!
Step 3: The Petals
Next boil the petals in a big bowl till the water forms bubbles.....let it boil little more.
Warning ----Please take care to wear heat proof gloves as the wood is very very hot!
gather your heat proof bowls that you like the shape of ...some nice curves will do and start slowly take one petal from the pot.
gently bend your petal from the edge..shaping it and placing it in your bowl...you may add some clamps or add another bowl to keep the petals in place. Leave like that for 24 hrs or till well dry...if you are impatient like me...pop it in the oven for a few minutes till it gets try...take care you don't burn your wood :-D
If you get splinters...don't worry...simply sand them off and then paint or stain them. paint the wooden circle too.
Step 4: The First Round Of Petals
Glue the smaller petals to every other mark on the circle…I placed stapler pin so that it will hold the petal while it was drying…if you have a fast setting glue…go ahead and use it.
I think it looks pretty cute as it is :-)
Step 5: The Final Round
The curve of the larger petal will be placed in the opposite direction……I used hot glue here…
And then stapled it too.
Now all you have to do is wire up your bulb and you set to go!
It would look great if you could like hang 2 or 3 flowers in various lengths in perhaps a cluster :-)