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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 : http://www.storeystreet.com/smlglobe.html

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
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Absolutely lovely.
stregoi (author)  Tool Using Animal4 years ago
Thank you .. i am working on a new design ( i will make an instructuble when it finished ;)
hajar.jai stregoi7 months ago


Do you have a pattern for this one?

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)  sarahfish4 years ago
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 stregoi4 years ago
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)  fixate4 years ago
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 stregoi4 years ago
Thanks for the "http://www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/projects/starpatterns/" link! That 's a nice lead.
0jack stregoi4 years ago
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.
geosaurus made it!8 months ago

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.

krummrey made it!1 year ago

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.

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marvic902 years ago
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_jjr2 years ago
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? :) )
heartart3 years ago
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?
canucksgirl3 years ago
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.
beckri3 years ago
Absolutely Fantastic!! thank you so much for sharing, I'm excited to try to make one of my own.
Angipants4 years ago
Any suggestions for scaling up the size? I was thinking of making mine ~20"+ big.
klostome4 years ago
soooooo beautiful....
thanks 4 the instructions
amelui4 years ago
i m thinking to make a super big one
never_more4 years ago
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!
ratufz4 years ago
wooo..wooo..nice art of lamp
bennejod4 years ago
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-o4 years ago
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-o4 years ago
it wasnt that easy .. took some time, but i bought a bigger saw, wich made tings musch more easier :) ..
jeff-o stregoi4 years ago
I bet it wasn't easy. Wow. Nice work!
Katzsta4 years ago
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.
Nikkhroch4 years ago
this is just ABSOLUTELY amazing. very pretty!
Very nice and inspiring. I can't dwonload the patterns as ai file. Any suggestion, please advise. Thanks!
Molarch4 years ago
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)  Molarch4 years ago
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 stregoi4 years ago
Yowzers...! I hadn't figured it to be that much!
stregoi (author)  Molarch4 years ago
well .. i had them to be shipped to Denmark, so that was kind of AOwtch ! .. but cardboard works also great !
Molarch stregoi4 years ago
Their postage is prohibitively expensive...which is a shame as the rest seems very good value!
arale Molarch4 years ago
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 stregoi4 years ago
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!
kkyco4 years ago
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!
vbrun_2004 years ago
great instructable ....... this islamic shape of Architecture was so great
don.alford4 years ago
nice instructable - any chance of the part_1.ai through to part_6.ai in pdf format as I don't have adobe Illustrator.

stregoi (author)  don.alford4 years ago
Sure :) ... just take a look in step 2, you'll finde a PDF file.
Whoops - missed that - thanks very much
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