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Recreating the Moooi Random light by Bertjan Pot

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There are a number of tutorials out there for this particular fixture. I recommend watching a few of them. I looked at about three before embarking on this and the result is below. This is only MY method of doing this project. I encourage you to experiment and find your own best way. And please feel free to share what you may have done differently.

Items needed:
One ball or balloon (your choice as to size) we used a 26" exercise ball
One skein yarn
2 Bottles of fabric hardener
an old bowl
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Light fixture canopy
enough wire to hang as low as you like
lamp holder
(everything below the dashed line to this point can be found in a "pendant fitter" kit from a hardware store.)

Two washers
Two wire lock (ferrules)

decorative bulb (I'm going with a sphere g25 clear 60 watt)
(everything below the dashed line to this point can be found in a "pendant fitter" kit from a hardware store.)

Two washers
Two wire lock

decorative bulb (I'm going with a sphere clear G25 60watt but hey, let your freak flag fly!)
 
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This is the Moooi Random light...retails for about $3500 and comes in white or black.  We wanted grey and did not want to pay $3500 dollars for the privilege so we started working! I can see doing this in any number of colors or using multiple colors on the same fixture. Be creative!  Think outside the box and make different shapes.  


dana.arndt.94 made it!6 months ago

Bertjan, thanks for an excellent tutorial. One step we added is spraying the "fiber shell" with clear shellac to harden it some more (once the exercise ball is out). We hang the light fixture just yesterday, and so this idea needs to be time-tested.

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Dana, it looks gorgeous. Do you have a list of items you used? Type of yarn, light fixture material.

Great job.

Thank you! As for the supplies' list, I may not recall all the details, but here is what I do. The light fixture I ordered online from Home Depot for $14.95 is "1-Light Matte Black Vintage Hanging Pendant Light Fixture with Black Rope". The fabric stiffener brand I used is "Stiffy." As for yarn, it was acrylic, not wool. Go with something relatively thin because when it absorbs the stiffener, it becomes thicker, and I prefer the more delicate, subtle look. How much yarn you will need depends on the size of the fixture you're making. Let it dry for several days - patience pays off. After I took out the exercise ball, I sprayed the fiber shell with clear water-based shellac in a spray can. Once challenge was how to keep the cord in place once we threaded it through the shell. The recommendation from the tutorial did not work for us. We simply used a washer and under in we wrapped the cord with standard black electric tape in black -- the shell is so light that it keeps it in light just fine. One more tip -- thread the cord into the shell further from the opening because the tension between the opening and the cord once the fixture is hanging can deform the shape (it happened w/ my first shell). Good luck! It's a fun (albeit messy) project, and we love the result.

Thanks Dana! Really appreciate all the tips. I will make sure to post a picture once I am done.

lcollins137 months ago
Here is the video I found. The green one is not on here though.
lcollins13 made it!7 months ago

this is the first one I made. I used xmas style lights as it was just going to be an accent light. I made another and used solar led lights and it is hanging out doors.looks nice at night hanging in the tree like a twinkling orb.

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twall2 (author)  lcollins137 months ago
Very nice! I like the idea of using xmas lights.

Another thought would be to use flexible LED lights like these
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L9W8CAS/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid

That way there is more control in their layout plus battery powered :)

Great ideas Lcollins!
lcollins13 twall27 months ago
Funny you should say that! I actually did that exact thing. I have a video of the 3 I made I will post. One is a small orb battery operated with the flexible led lights. Another is larger orb painted white inside and black outside and the solar led lights. The last is another large orb but Xmas lights and painted hunter green.
lcollins13 made it!7 months ago

this is the first one I made. I used xmas style lights as it was just going to be an accent light. I made another and used solar led lights and it is hanging out doors.looks nice at night hanging in the tree like a twinkling orb.

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science221 year ago
You could try to tape down the bowl on to the ball, wrap the yarn around the entire ball and around the bowl, once dry you end up with a nice finished opening.

Great post Im thinking of making some for my dorm this upcoming year
twall2 (author)  science221 year ago
A good thought, Science. Make sure to use a lightweight bowl and one without a lip on it.
mdeblasi11 year ago
I wonder how difficult it would be to create the lamp in the original material, epoxy dipped fiberglass?
twall2 (author)  mdeblasi11 year ago
I suppose it would depend on how comfortable you are with the material! I've never used it, but hey, first time for everything :)
Beautiful! And even more lovely for being only 1% the cost of the original. :D
Even if its 1% less or shooting the budget i would love and appreciate the hard work i have put into and satisfaction brings it to whole another level. And yes customization is the key in doing DIY's cost factor in another.