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Metal flower lamp

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I made this guide retrospectively, so some of the steps will have to use cardboard mock-ups or drawings instead of photos I'm afraid, as I wasn't about to make another one just for the instructable! If any parts don't make sense, please massage me and I'll do my best to clarify...

Tools required: Welding gear, a drill, tin snips, pliers, small ball ended hammer, round file, hacksaw.
Helpful: Angle grinder, milling machine

Materials required; Thin sheet steel (0.5mm ideally), some tubing of different sizes (but around 10-16mm OD ideally), a GU10 bulb holder, wiring connectors and wire.
 
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Step 1: Making the stalk

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OK, so for the stalk I used three different things: some 16mm OD tube, some 10mm OD and some 6mm rod.

First, cut the length you think looks about right of 16mm tube, and using an angle grinder or hacksaw cut a cross about 6mm deep into the end.
Using a drift of some kind (you can even use the 6mm rod) flare out two opposing sections as shown in the photo. Also slightly squash in the other two. Your 10mm tube should fit nicely in at an angle. when choosing the angle to fit it at, bear in mind you have to feed some wire through it, so don't make it too acute! Tack weld it in place.
Then fit your 6mm rod in place and weld at an opposing angle, however you like. Weld all round and weld the slots up, grind/ file the welds back to make it look better.

I bent a slight 'S' curve into the 10 and 6mm stuff, and left the 16mm straight. But do whatever looks right to you!

I finished the stalk by cutting slight striations into it with an angle grinder to make it look more organic...
Clotheo1 year ago
Free massage for free advice? Love it.
Tomohawk (author)  Clotheo1 year ago
Haha well, how can I be of service?
I like your project. I just thought it very humorous that you stated ...."please massage me and I'll do my best to clarify". It made me smile.
Tomohawk (author)  Clotheo1 year ago
Hah. That makes a hell of a lot more sense now! But actually I think I'll leave it like that, you never know! Thanks for looking X
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