Picture of Lotus Pendant Lamp- Bent wood
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When you get into wood working...at some point you would want to bend wood.
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
Thank you.

Step 1: What you need...

Picture of What you need...
You will need one ply  plywood sheet
about 10 cm square wood plank
heat resistant dishes to the shape you want
shazni (author)  Wroger-Wroger2 years ago
Thanks again...here is what I did to when I just tried out
shazni (author)  Wroger-Wroger2 years ago
Perhaps there is a different type of ply...I just discovered it! I was in the process of making another lamp as this was just a bit early to enter in the lamp and lighting contest
..so i got more single ply wood...imagine my surprise when this ply wood can be bent by hand and the form stays too! only it has to be gently manipulated! IF using this ply...I don't think we nee to go through the whole process of boiling and heating...you can simply bend by hand and you are done!
darklotus2 years ago
I absolutely love this! I'm just getting back into woodwork after quite a few years break and this has inspired me no end. Of course, considering my username, I'm very partial to this particular design. Simple, elegant and very effective - well done!
shazni (author)  darklotus2 years ago
Thanks!...if you like it so much ..would you mind voting for it here say on Monday if it get's accepted?
Thanks a lot :-)
786Ayesha2 years ago
Two votes from us...My husband and me...Love it
shazni (author)  786Ayesha2 years ago
Thank you! And pls convey my thanks to your husband too :-)
DeeRilee2 years ago
Very nice! I love it!
shazni (author)  DeeRilee2 years ago
Thanks! :-)
antioch2 years ago
Hrm, I would gladly vote but....how? I don't see any vote buttons.
shazni (author)  antioch2 years ago
:-) it should appear in a day or to for the furniture contest... I kind of uploaded it at 2am my time...so thanks... Looking forward to your vote ;-)
antioch shazni2 years ago
there, there, button up and you have my vote!
are you sure you can't enter the lamp contest?
shazni (author)  antioch2 years ago
Thanks! and yes...cant enter it in the lamp contest as it started on the 4th and this was published before...I wanted a chance at the sewing machine :-) so I didn't mind...will try and publish another lamp...perhaps laminated wood?? or something else :-)
Voted and favorited!
shazni (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 years ago
Thanks! :-)
pmahi2 years ago
Very creative!
shazni (author)  pmahi2 years ago
Thanks a lot :-)
lindarose922 years ago
This is so nice! :) I think it would look great even "upside down", maybe without bending the leaves.
By the way, I noticed that today a contest for lamps is beginning and like you, I published a lamp just a few days before the contest and it's so disappointing to know that we won't be able to enter these ibles! I wish I knew it before!
shazni (author)  lindarose922 years ago
yes your tutu lamp and cardboard lamp are very nice...I kind of found out at the last moment...but decided to publish anyway as I'm really aiming for sewing machine...forget the main prizes of the furniture! the entries are amazing I'm not even having any hopes in that direction! :-)...I'm still waiting for this to be accepted for the furniture contest though...don't know why it's taking soooooo long :-( It would be nice if people who are viewing can vote at the same time while they are reading it...hardly anyone comes back later to vote ...if they do...they they are very special as they mean to vote really for something they really really like...therefore i appreciate the vote more :-)
You are one creative lady....how about trying out for the lamp contest ...how about knitting a lamp shade?? good idea...I saw your knitting loom and it gives ideas :-)
Thank you so much! That's actually a great idea but I would feel bad "stealing" it from you...can you knit? If you can, you should really try to make the lamp! :)
I agree with you about the votes, I'm always worried about "missing" some when they don't accept entries immediately...all I know is that it is taking so long for your entry to be accepted because they are checked just during business days. So if you post something later on a Friday you usually have to wait till Monday for your entry to be accepted. This is what I've been told...the same happened to me a while ago so I asked :)
Good luck with the contest! I hope you can win the sewing machine, you have my vote (as soon as it's accepted)! :)
shazni (author)  lindarose922 years ago
Nope! cant knit...will god willing try one day...perhaps with your loom?? ;-)...
you have my permission to steal my idea...I would love to see what you can do :-)
I'll try something too ...perhaps we'll vote for each other and compete with each other too...haha
And thanks for your advance vote! :-)
Has a very high end designer look. Love it.
shazni (author)  cdawisconsin2 years ago
Thanks! This is still in the pending list under the furniture contest...but please if you like it come back and vote for it....I kind of put it last minute and am worried that it will never make the finalist!
kaaaazmi2 years ago
Lovely,I like it very much.You are very creative.It is not yet out in the contest.count my vote.
shazni (author)  kaaaazmi2 years ago
Thanks! looking forward to it :-)
antioch2 years ago
Looks real great
shazni (author)  antioch2 years ago
Thanks! Hate to sound like a politition.. But please come back and vote if you like it... Would really appreciate it! 
ChrysN2 years ago
I love it! That looks great.
shazni (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thanks! Please come back and vote if you like it... Pretty please ;-)