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