Since me and my girlfriend happen to have the same first initial, I thought it would be quite cool to immortalise it in lights, just like Broadway! Plus, it would make a nice lamp for the living room!
Step 1: Parts
First of all I had to figure out how many lights and what kind of lights I was going to use. My initial thought was to use some LED christmas tree lights, but that would have made the whole thing too small. I was looking to make something that was a reasonable size, and also maintaining a classic look.
I settled on clear golf ball incandesant bulbs, so you can see the filament. After a bit of research on ebay i managed to find some 15w ones which were ideal.
Once this was decided, I had to figure out how many bulbs I was going to use. Several sellers were selling batches of 10 bulbs, so that was a decision made for me, although this kinda stung me later on, more on that later!
So finally, a parts list:
1x 18mm MDF
10x 15w Golf ball bulbs, bayonet cap,
10x lamp holders,
Couple of metres of cable,
Various spray paints for giving an antiquey look,
1x 3a plug.
Step 2: Design
Using the amount of bulbs and size of the bulbs, I came up with a suitable overall size for my project. Then I had to design my letter "S" so I could easily lay it out by hand. I used AutoCAD for this to make it easier to get the dimensions. As you can see from the picture this was quite a wise move!
Step 3: Layout
Using the dimensions from AutoCAD I sketched out my design onto my MDF.
Step 4: Cutting
Then, cut out my design using a jigsaw.