We all know those perfect flexible swing arm desk lights. For years it seems the best solution to get good light on my working surface. But lately I noticed its a bit outdated and all too familiar. It's "so 1980's". Its time for a new twist. So I transformed it in a "Pterodactrylus Desk light". Just as versatile, just as useful. But in daytime as well as at night a lot more fun to look at. Costs almost nothing, work about an hour. Fun for years to come! Until it becomes extinct of course.
Step 1: What's (waste) needed:
Empty plastic bottles:
One very large detergent bottle (5,9 litres)
One almond shaped detergent bottle (3 litres)
One toilet cleaner bottle ( 1 litre)
One flat model bottle
and of course the old desk light
Pair of scissors
Drill with big hole appliance
Step 2: Dismount the old shade
With a small turn to the left the shade unlocks and can be pulled of. Be sure to remove the bulb first. The rest of the desk light stays intact. You can always transform it back to its original shape.
Step 3: The head
This was a big 4.5 liters detergent bottle. Take a look at the pictures and figure out witch piece is needed from the big bottle. Plunge the pointy end of the scissors in and start cutting. It should result in a clean bow-line. The rest of the bottle is not used for this project.
Step 4: Mount the head on the lamp frame
Make a hole in the back of the head (= the bottom of the bottle). The most easy way is with a drill and an adjustable hole saw. But it can be done with scissors or punched out with an awl. Be sure the hole is exactly the width of the lamp socket. I found a hole saw that fitted nicely so the bird head could be slotted onto the socket without any glue or other attachments.