Introduction: Moresque Lampe

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Hey everyone, this is my first instructable, and i would like to share with you, how to make this  Moresque inspired Lamp.

As the most of the instructables stuff, this project is :

- Easy to make, no special skills needed.
- Looks good
- Costs virtually nothing
! ( will looks great with cardboard )

and the i tried to make something original

searching on the internet i found this website :

selling this nice looking lamp, so i wanted to make something similar ! ..

For those who are lucky enough to have a laser cutter, there is an advantage, for me, i cannot afford one, so i will use the traditional way !

The lamp can be made with any material, cardboard, aluminum, plastic, plywood .. you choose your material and color, the principle is the same.

For me i will use plywood with a 3 mm thickness for this project.

This is my first instructable i will try to do my best explaining things, if something is unclear bear with me, and feel free to ask  :-)

Step 1: The Design

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So what way my inspiration ? ...... Traveling to southern spain and morocco, you will be amazed by the old mosaic, i was always fascinated by these , drawing them all the times, a quick search on the internet i found the patterns ( just search in google for : "arabic patterns" or something like this )

this website was too informativ too :

( pic's from google !)

I won't go in details into the design of the lamp since it is not an instructables of how to design the lamp, but  I used 3ds max to model the sphere and  texture it .. to see how it is going to turn out, when it is done, i tried to copy the model on paper, and some adjustments, here and there it worked out

Step 2: What Do You Need ?

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Made by thick paper :

- you will need some sheets of paper
- scissors
- glue

Made by plywood

- some plywood sheets ( no thick than 3 mm )
- alots of Brads ( no less than 288 !! )
- material to saw your patterns

AND of cours the patterns ! ( you will finde them in *.AI and *.PDF format )

Step 3: Cutting the Patterns !

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well . .you can cut them the traditional way, just print the patterns and glue it the wood and use a drill and a saw. or if you own a cnc machine or a laser cutter - i am not that lucky :) - it will make the job much more easier.

If you are using carton or paper well, print them and use your scissors :)

Once CUT ... we preceed

Step 4: Connecting Things Together

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before connecting the pieces together i put then i a sink of water fr 10 min, just so they bend easely. but if you are using very thin plywood ( 1 mm - 1,5 mm ) you dont need that !

then to connect them


make sure to connect the stars to the triangles first in such manner that the shorteste "arm" of the star ( the black dot in the picture ) shoud connect to the middle arm of the triangle .. just look at the picture :)

And the use the brads to secure them in place togheter or use the glue if you are using paper.

then finish by cutting the sticking part of the brads.

Step 5: Keep Connecting !

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for making the "skeleton" of the lamp, you need :

8 square patterns in a row ( will be bend at the end to make a circle,

the patterns are connected together with the part we made from the earlier step ( you will need 8 of these in total - 4 at the top of the "skeleton " and 4 and the buttom of the skeleton )

just look at the images

and finish the step , by connecting the end of the "skeleton" to make a circle.

Step 6: Keep Connecting !

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connect all the pieces together, to finish the lamp, and secure it wit the bradsm or the glue if you are using paper.

Step 7:

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The finished Lamp .... enjoy :)

and a picture of a new model, wich follows the same principle ( wrking on it )


geosaurus made it! (author)2014-12-30

Thank you so much for these instructions. I made the lantern using heavy cream card stock. I cut all of the pieces using an x-acto knife. I liked the look of the brads so I used copper mini brads to connect all the pieces. It was my first time doing something like this so it's not perfect. I fast tracked it by cutting all the pieces while binge watching Netflix so it took less than three days (probably the equivalent of 16-18 hours). Two of my fingers were sore for more than a week! I purchased a paper lantern light kit on Amazon and bought a 15 watt light bulb. I am gifting this lantern to my 18-year-old niece.

IndiaMike (author)geosaurus2016-11-02

Hiya! I realise there's probably only a very small chance you'll see this as you made this two years ago, but I am planning on doing it the way you did it and would really appreciate some guidance! What weight paper did you use? How did you manage the holes for the brads, and what size were they? I would greatly appreciate if you could help :)

Tool Using Animal (author)2011-01-02

Absolutely lovely.

Thank you .. i am working on a new design ( i will make an instructuble when it finished ;)

hajar.jai (author)stregoi2015-01-10


Do you have a pattern for this one?

sarahfish (author)stregoi2011-01-05

New design looks great! I look forward to the next ible. Would you please go into more detail about making the pattern into a sphere? What type of modeling software and are there open sources avaiilible online?

stregoi (author)sarahfish2011-01-06

The guys on that website, used a c++ script to do that, but there is no reference to the script. i cant really say if you can finde an open source on the net, but surely there is !

Another walkaroud - much easier - is just use a 3D modelling program, i use 3ds max, model a sphere and texture it with the pattern .. and voila. its done

fixate (author)stregoi2011-01-06

Beautiful project, beautifully executed.

"Model a sphere, texture it with a pattern, and viola it's done" is a very quick leap.
Could you elaborate a little? A cubic projection? a UV map? Does 3Ds have a way to to do a dodechedral or icosohedral map?

I missed the link to "the guys on that website" could you share the link that you found via google too?


stregoi (author)fixate2011-01-07

hey ,.. sorry for that ... the website i was talking about is :

and about 3D texturing, you will need to use a UV map, and i guess a 3Ds max can do abicosohedral map .. how i am not sure

fixate (author)stregoi2011-01-07

Thanks for the "" link! That 's a nice lead.

0jack (author)stregoi2011-01-06

This work reminds me a great deal of some crochet and tatting patterns. They are designed using 'motifs' assembled to create the 3D form needed to cover an area of the body or in some cases a teapot or something similar. Like your forms, they draw on organic or natural shapes, especially stars, snowflakes, pineapples, and flowers, and rely also on geometric shapes.

krummrey made it! (author)2014-05-31

I made mine actually years ago. Took me months to cut all the pieces from black cardboard. I placed it around a glass lamp from IKEA.

It's been hanging in our guest room ever since and still does.

marvic90 (author)2013-07-24

I love the new one in your last page as it looks good as a half sphere. When will you be posting the new pattern. I am presently making your design but would love this one above my kitchen table.

Look forward to the new design.

ttt_jjr (author)2012-12-19

This is really cool. I'm also curious about the awesome black cutout art in the background. Did you make that as well? (And have you thought about doing an instructable for it? :) )

heartart (author)2012-03-06

Absolutely gorgeous lighting fixture you've made! Way too hard for me to try, but
so intricate and beautiful. You sure could sell these! How do you change the bulb? By undoing a brad to reach in?

canucksgirl (author)2011-12-02

How many pieces in total are there (broken down by piece type)?

I'm a little confused. You refer to "Stars", "Triangles" and what I'll call "Connectors".
I looked at the pdf and I see there are 24 stars, 12 triangles and 16 Connectors.

When I look at the photos, you say there is 8 of these connectors that make up the center "skeleton". Attached to that are Stars and triangles. The photo looks like there are 5 additional connectors used to form the upper bowl shape.

If I saw that correctly, then there should be a total of 18 Connectors, right?
(8 for the skeleton, 4 to connect the loop of Stars and Triangles and then 1 connector to close the bowl shape. Which would mean I would need another 5 for the lower bowl shape)

Can you please help me out and explain.

beckri (author)2011-10-02

Absolutely Fantastic!! thank you so much for sharing, I'm excited to try to make one of my own.

Angipants (author)2011-09-01

Any suggestions for scaling up the size? I was thinking of making mine ~20"+ big.

klostome (author)2011-06-12

soooooo beautiful....
thanks 4 the instructions

amelui (author)2011-04-28

i m thinking to make a super big one

never_more (author)2011-04-17

In my college dorm we have these really ugly square lights on the ceiling. After seeing this, I have decided to make only half of the lamp and put it over the light for instant beauty. Thanks for the wonderful instructions!

ratufz (author)2011-03-28

wooo..wooo..nice art of lamp

bennejod (author)2011-01-24

Could you please describe how you were able to cut out the smaller internal section using your hacksaw, I cant figure out how you would get the blade in there. Many thanks

jeff-o (author)2011-01-12

Whoa, you cut these by hand using that hand saw?? Huge props to you! How long did it take? I'm certain I would have killed my wrists doing this.

stregoi (author)jeff-o2011-01-13

it wasnt that easy .. took some time, but i bought a bigger saw, wich made tings musch more easier :) ..

jeff-o (author)stregoi2011-01-13

I bet it wasn't easy. Wow. Nice work!

Katzsta (author)2011-01-11

I too traveled to Spain many years ago and was amazed at the mosaics. Your designs are wonderful and very creative. A nice simulation of the mosaics I remember. And the "mosaiced picture" in the picture frame in your shot of your would also make a great instructable all on it's own. Adding various colors would bring the mosaics to life. I bet you could make these and sell them on etsy for a good price. I can't imagine the hours you spent cutting them out, but it's a fine project and shows your determination to be an artist in what you do. Great job and thank you for sharing.

Nikkhroch (author)2011-01-10

this is just ABSOLUTELY amazing. very pretty!

ngmingcheung (author)2011-01-09

Very nice and inspiring. I can't dwonload the patterns as ai file. Any suggestion, please advise. Thanks!

Molarch (author)2011-01-06

Thankyou for the Illustrator patterns...I have a Graphtec Robo Cutter that will cut 0.3mm card from Illustrator...will do this beautifully and very quickly.
I have also recently taken to using Ponoko to get things cut from various different materials using a laser cutter...will certainly be more expensive than doing it yourself...but an awful lot less hassle! Thankyou for the great instructable!

stregoi (author)Molarch2011-01-07

at the begning i was thinking to send my patterns to ponoko to get them cuted. but when i made my calculation it wil be quite expensive ( more than 300 USD ) .. and that's a lot of money !

Molarch (author)stregoi2011-01-07

Yowzers...! I hadn't figured it to be that much!

stregoi (author)Molarch2011-01-07

well .. i had them to be shipped to Denmark, so that was kind of AOwtch ! .. but cardboard works also great !

Molarch (author)stregoi2011-01-08

Their postage is prohibitively expensive...which is a shame as the rest seems very good value!

arale (author)Molarch2011-01-09

You can choose one of Ponoko european hubs and save shipping. I live in Italy so I think I'll lasercut your pattern with Vectorealism.
Thanks for this great design! =)

Gene (author)stregoi2011-01-07

I have a laser cutter (at work that I can use, I don't own it :) ) and am open to making you a laser cut version. I think I can do it for a lot less than $300... :) You already did the hard part, and I think I might cut myself one. Very nice looking!

kkyco (author)2011-01-08

Wow, what an amazing project.....I love it. I hope that you will present more of your ideas - maybe give us a starter project that is a little less scary for newbies? Like....the piece on the wall in your living room, which--when backlit--would be spectacular! Thanks!

Mahmoud_Kotb (author)2011-01-07

great instructable ....... this islamic shape of Architecture was so great

don.alford (author)2011-01-07

nice instructable - any chance of the through to in pdf format as I don't have adobe Illustrator.


stregoi (author)don.alford2011-01-07

Sure :) ... just take a look in step 2, you'll finde a PDF file.

don.alford (author)stregoi2011-01-07

Whoops - missed that - thanks very much

omgthatscool (author)2011-01-07

OMG thats cool !!!!!!!!!!!

cathrynm (author)2011-01-07

Gorgeous! I think I might try making one out of single ply cardboard...thicker than paper, less stiff than plywood. Thanks for your instructible - love it!

mlorenz4 (author)2011-01-06

Magnificent!!! I create digital art hyperbolic disks. You can see mina + others at:

stregoi (author)mlorenz42011-01-07

wow .. very cool, you could easly make such lamp, with your patterns ! ... how do you create those hyperbolic disks ? .. just curious :)

nhwadia (author)2011-01-06


What a beautiful instructable. Thanks,
I am bothering you because you said, "on the internet i found patterns, and some mathematical models for making a spehere out of the pattern." Can you please lead me to the website where these can be found?

Much obliged.

Hama Dost

stregoi (author)nhwadia2011-01-06

hey :) ... you can take a look at this gogle search :

and specially this website :

walshlg (author)2011-01-06

that is so very clever. Thanks!

sfogel (author)2011-01-06

very cool!

Lindie (author)2011-01-06

Beautiful work!

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