Scrounged bathroom light fixture
Scrap metal sheeting
I used the top of the 55 gallon drum I had cut off to make the
biodiesel oil prefiltration tank, or any other relatively flat
piece of scrap metal.
Scrap wood for the tree trunk - the extra from the nursery's floor was perfect.
Oxyacetylene torch or plasma cutter, a jigsaw or tin snips should work for for thinner metals.
Jigsaw to cut the trunk shape.
Random screws and fixture hardware
Time spent was a few hours and total cost was less than $15 for an adapter plate for the fixture and screws! (OK, so I did end up getting some second hand welding equipment for the project, but it was a great excuse to get some tools!)
The switched light in the nursery was a simple globe wall fixture. It didn't distribute the light well and didn't fit the other decor, so I set off to figure out another lighting option. The spare cork from the floor gave me the tree idea, and I was initially planning on a more elaborate wall-mounted light with movable fruit lamps and some sort of bushy tree from which they hung. On further inspection, the electrical box for the fixture was somewhat loose and wouldn't easily hold the weight of the 4-bulb gooseneck floor lamp I was going to hack up for the project, so I thought of this lighter weight alternative that ended up looking way better than my initial concept.
The great part is, the concept could be applied in many ways such as a rocket ship, a planet, a guitar, star? Whatever you can trace out!
Step 1: Choose Your Lamp Shape
Step 2: Trunk of the Tree.
Step 3: Cut Your Shape
However, it took me 2 hours to review my welding class book on torch starting, safety, pressures, and such, then properly assemble and inspect, and test the system before proceeding - yes, Mom and Dad, I'm being safe (I'm 34 and they still worry, they're sweet.).
I hammered the foliage out to direct the light down, and gave it a quick wire brush.
Obligatory - please do not use welding equipment unless you have proper training and are using the proper safety equipment.
Step 4: The Fixture.
Since we're being eco-friendly in this project, be sure to use CFLs or ideally LED bulbs to save energy!
Also obligatory - wiring this requires a basic knowledge of electricity, how to wire a fixture, and the proper safety precautions, be careful.
Step 5: Mounting the Fixture Cover
Step 6: Painting the Trunk and Walls.
Orion has a new lamp!