Step 17: Shade fitments - video

Top handle:
The plan for this is attached. Cut out the parts and fold it up. Take your paper shade and sit it down so it is stacked. Raise the long sides up and together, so that the pleats make a rounded top if looked at from the narrow end. Decide how many pleats you want to have in this top section. I chose 7, which is the same number of pleats as I allowed for each scissor "cell", and this gives a good enough shape. Too many will mean you might run out of shade for the rest of the lamp, too few will mean you get a pointed tent shape instead of a nice round shape.

If you have wisely decided not to make the hangers (section below), then you only need two cardboard stringers for the very top of the shade, just to keep the shape of the rounded part. Cut two sticks of board 240mm long and stick their ends into the pleats where you have decided to end the top. These stringers simply sit on the little platform that extends out the bottom of the handle. Glue them if you feel confident, I added a bit of stick-on velcro so I could adjust this wayward shade. Do a test fit - Gather up the shade, and peg it, bunched up if you can, then take it to your top-most bamboo skewer on the lamp frame and clip the tabs that hang out the bottom of the handle on. Hopefully it will balance. If not, don't worry too much, it'll have a tendency to right itself once the shade is down. So take the shade down carefully, checking it isn't caught on the ends of any of your skewers.

These stringers are optional. My original lamp didn't need them but this one is a little bit more wayward (twisty), so benefitted from them. I think they might be a worthwhile addition to a standard configuration, though a lighter type of board would be preferable. They also make it a lot harder to deform the shade by accident.

Essentially, I fitted a set of cardboard stringers (240mm long) into the pleats of the shade (see the pictures) at regular intervals, glued at the ends, holding the long sides of the shade together. The main thing this does is keep the lamp a bit squarer. I used five sets of stringers (that includes the very top ones, which are not optional, I think), each set 7 pleats apart.

Slight digression - showing my working-out:
I planned to have the stringers resting on hangers which were themselves hanging on the central pivot skewer at the top and bottom of each shade. I made all this up (pictures attached), and this had the great benefit of spreading the weight of the shade over the whole structure, preventing the shade from sagging - where the top pleats are stretched out, and the rest of the pleats are gathered up round the bottom.

What it also meant was that instead of having a nice even progression of pleat size, from big ones at the top, to slightly smaller ones at the bottom, the look was a lot more higgledy-piggledy - overall less even, less easy on the eye. So I took the hangers out. I was never comfortable with that extra complexity anyway.

If you decide you'd like shade hangers:
Cut 10 strips of cardboard 15mm wide, and fold pairs of these and glue them into rectangles 95 x 390mm. Cut a notch at the half-way point and balance one each on the central set of bamboo skewers. The cardboard stringers you added to your shade will rest on these hangers. Add a raised tab at the end of each hanger to stop the stringer from slipping off when the hanger is tilted.

Base cover:
Now that the shade is on, the lamp has no firm bits with which to pick it up, and that's just the most practical reason why we need to add some extra parts to the base. The other reason is that it looks slightly bizarre with just it's dainty ankles hanging out from under it's voluminous petticoats. Personally, I think it looks hilarious. Have you ever laughed a lamp? I have. It certainly lightened my mood! ... Sorry.

This is just a set of four panels which lock together around the existing base. Some strips of card with tabs on them (shade edge - pdf plan attached) are glued to the bottom edge of the shade and these slot into the side panels on the base and keep the bottom edge of the shade under control.

And, all of a sudden.. That's it finished!
That was awesome! Best Instructuons ive seen yet and I enjoyed the preamble and explanation as to how you came to the design...you could almost write a short story novel for this project ha. Thank you.
Great job,let me at it with my watercolors,I see cherry blossoms on limbs painted around an already pretty lamp.
Beautiful!!!! And will be so more eficient if have lamps that will bright as so on up higher, and turn-off if decrease, or go down.
Kudos on an interesting lamp! <br><br>I think a different way of doing this would be to have it fan out from a center point, similar to an open book. This would be a lower profile Desk Lamp,
Hey thanks, did you mean a horizontal stretch or a vertical one? I've always tended to work on vertical patterns for this lamp, because it simplifies the loading an awful lot. Everything is stacked in one axis so it's easy to balance. I've been trialling a tilting version and it's a right pain - easy to balance as long as the axis stays straight, but as soon as it tilts a little and the play in the joints lets it sag a bit, then the balance all goes off and it goes a bit wrong.<br><br>You could quite easily make this lamp with the main bearing rod being in the centre, so it expands upwards and downwards at the same speed - I planned that version for a standard lamp sized piece. That'd be quite easy because it wouldn't need much of a counterweight - both sides would probably weigh more or less the same anyway.<br><br>Cheers!<br>Sandy Noble
have you ever thought of motorising it and adding motion sensors so that when a person walks in the room it expands and then after awhile of no movement it went bak down?
Yeah, a motorised / automatic version is kind of the logical conclusion isn't it. I don't think you'd want a fully automatic one for a home (would it go back down and leave you in the dark if you stayed still for too long?), but it's certainly an option for a more transient space, and appeals even more as some kind of installation/art piece. Lots of them in alcoves along the walls of a bar, and they &quot;come to life&quot; when someone walks up. I'd mainly thought about a motorised version in terms of making it remote controlled rather than necessarily fully automatic, so you wouldn't have to lean behind the sofa to pull it up/down. A fragile shade would be protected from dirty/clumsy fingers too. Thanks for your comment!
thanks i might have to make one of these it looks great, mine probably will look horrible and thrown together in ten minutes. (wich it probably will be)
Well it does need a bit of care so as to not end up all wonky, but even wonky, it's still pretty neat I think. Let me know if you get a version working!
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Wow love the structure and the mechanics, simple yet complex all in one. <br /> Im 14 and im designing my own version of this.<br /> Even better for me because you did it out of cardboard which i can acquire easily. <br />
Glad you liked it - Good luck!<br />
This whole instructable is just so....I don't know....sexy.
Thanks threadbare, sexy was what I was going for!&nbsp; You're the only one that noticed. <br />
amazing work.&nbsp; so much dedication easily deserves the favorite i gave it.<br /> keep up the hard work and ingenuity!
Cheers GeekyAdam!<br />
Great! I heart the eco-friendly aspect, and admire your sturdy design as a cardboard advocate, myself. I also really like the feature where the lights turn on as the structure lifts. It seems to be the most difficult bit of circuitry, but you explain it very nicely. The paper folding looks really labor-intensive! I can think of a whole host of methods that would also be cool; your comment on knitted shades got me cogs turnin', and to keep the eco-friendly spirit, why not knit or macrame a shade out of plastic bag "yarn" (a la some other I-bles)? I might try to emulate this for my roommate, who is moving into a single dorm room next year and who is hot on decorating. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hi Erosser, thanks for the comment - much appreciated! You're right that the paper folding bit is the most awful bit - by far. Plastic bags are an excellent idea - right kind of translucency certainly, as long as the structure is soft enough to collapse nicely where it gets compressed, I think that might be a winner. The reason the paper is ideal is that it holds a crease, so the way it compresses is controlled. If a plastic bag shade can be controlled (either by folding, or with some kind of internal web of elastic or something), then I don't see why not. I don't know if you've looked, but I've got some pics of other lamps around this design (smaller) on my website (www.euphy.co.uk), along with a lycra-type tube shade that some people prefer to the paper zig zags. Thanks again!
Cool, will check it out. Nice work, again, and happy building!
Wow.. This is awesome, and what a Instructable. This is something i would love to tackle. Thankyou for so much details and so many videos. It really has helped get my head around things. Also congrats on the win. :)
Thanks a lot LadyDragon, I'm so glad you liked it - The videos don't have much detail in them, but it was hard to get the "point" of the lamp across without them! The first one is particularly annoying because the auto-exposure of the camera meant that the room never got brighter, even when the lamp was fully on! Thanks again, and I'd love to see anything like this that you try!
Congrats to you too Euphy :) I'm really impressed with this; such a nice bit of design to couple brightness with height.
sandy: sorry i appear to have missed the deadline for voting...sorry dude been working! good effort nonetheless old bean! glad to hear your well and the old imagination is truly firing on all 16 cylinders! keep up the good work...nick
Didn't really notice this one during voting (Lemonie is right about the image :)), but took a look through just now and it's fantastic! :)
Thanks Nachimir! I changed the image after Lemonie's suggestion, to a one that showed the finished lamp, up and down (ha ha, after I'd finished it!), but I changed it to the animated gif .. mostly because I thought it was hilarious! And wondered if it might catch the eye more of any mouseovers. I've changed it to something more ambiguous... Well, I am very mysterioso.
very excellent instructable, while reading this, i thought to myself, "i have a large empty space in a corner ABOVE my bed, could i somehow hang something like this?" just picked up a massive pack of thick skewers, and you've got my mind crankin. great job!
Thanks man! This particular counterweight scheme works upside down or this way up (ha ha!), but it's pretty straightforward, so I'm sure you can see how it could be adapted easily. It is also possible to tilt the whole thing on it's main pivot (second from the bottom), if you take the bottom axle out of the slot, but the counterweighting goes a bit weird after a while! Hope you get something done! Thanks for your comment, and good luck with the skewers!
In step 15 you talk about how the oil from your hands could cause the bulbs to explode. From first-hand experience working with lights in a theatre, i can say that the bulbs do not explode, but we have a box of lamps that have little "explosions", basically the oil heats up and causes the glass to melt and form a little bubble. The lamps usually don't work after that. That being said, these lights are in the range of 750W or 1kW, so you shouldn't have a problem with household lamps.
Also, this is an really awesome lamp.
Thanks for your comment - and thanks for the information about the bulbs. I always wondered if this exploding theory was just a theoretical risk, or if it ever actually happened in practice. I'll keep them clean anyway!
This is awesome! I want one!
Well it's got to go somewhere! Thanks for your comment mate! I'll make a desktop one for you one day.
Geez must of took a lot of time !! i have a lamp similar to this i bought from ikea from about £15( about $30) and this beats it in aestethics and Just How its made ypu show someone this they say what i say Wow lol Rated 5/5
Didn't take an awful lot of time - a weeks worth of evenings probably, but that's drawing all the plans and the Instructable of course, and updating the design along the way. If there's a shade big enough for me to use on a lamp like this, I'd like to use it. The shade is the hardest bit to do on this lamp by far. I did wonder if I could just use a few standard paper shades stuck together, one shade per "cell" in the scissor. I'm going to look into it for future iterations. Thanks for your comment - much appreciated!
Amazing! I'm inspired, now. I already have paper taped over most of my lamps to diffuse the light. I love how over-technical this is. Motorized lighting!
The motorised lighting dream lives on in my head! I think it'd be cute to have a bunch of little lights rolling around the ceiling - they could maybe learn your favourite lighting configurations for different times of the day, and start congregating where they are usually needed before they're required. Except there'd be a couple of rebellious ones programmed to attempt to disrupt the patterns. However, potentially extremely annoying if you want to read a book, and all the lights suddenly start to drive off down the other end of the room.
step 15 pic looks like something out of a saw film :P nice lamp.
Thank you. Euphy
I applaud your design brilliance and mechanical aptitude.
Thanks FuzzyBearGeek, you are very kind! Seriously, your enthusiasm is very motivating too - many thanks!
when you get sick of it throw some oyster mushroom spawn on it and then reap the harvest..cellulose praise jeebus!!!!!!!!!!!
Ha ha! "What a delicious lamp you have!"
great that you have so many pics, and detailed instructions, but this seems like it would cost more, and take too much work for the result, you are better off buying a normal lamp and a dimmer switch<br/><br/>** &amp; 1/2<br/>
I think you're missing the point. Not only is this design a one-of-a-kind, and therefore something you can't get at the store, it's a peek at the industrial design process. Now that it's been designed and made, it could be sold for profit, and well-designed lighting isn't cheap. What I'd like to see next from this maker is how the design was taken from the prototype to the manufacturing stage, step-by-step. I know, not easy, but it sure would be interesting to me.
my statement is that this is a little complicated for the average DIY.
Yes... and? That's the beautiful thing about people in this world. The diversity. This site isn't an exclusive "average joe diy". So why even make the comment when it's obvious this isn't the same type of project as say, i.e. gluing a quarter to the floor for a fun prank. Again. What a wonderful thing to have looked at today. It motivates me. I never see msyelf <yet> making something like this but it's wonderful to see the brilliance and be motivated on even just my daily art and projects around my apartment. Now, to add to my list of people to watch. Have a great day, Euphy! Thank you for the uplift in spirit and imagination! -David
Hi JZ, thanks for your interest, and comment - You're absolutely right of course in that if all you want is something you can dim, and you want it now, then this isn't it! Cost-wise it won't leave you much out of pocket, but the time investment is not (ahem) insignificant. It isn't really complicated, but it has a lot of bits! Like etlerd kindly said, it isn't something you can just buy off the shelf. There isn't anything like this in production, and I'd have to do some serious work to bring the assembly complexity down before it could be manufactured profitably on a large scale. Etlerd, I'd love to take the design further, but I don't have a lot of resources to do so right now, strictly hobbyist business! I've got a pack of pieces on its way from Ponoko right now though, and it'll be nice to work with parts that don't have that "hand cut" look! Using corrugated board for this instructable has reminded me what a nice material it is to use though, so I'll look again at the cardboard version as a final product. It was always designed to be sold as a kit, partially assembled with the fiddly stuff done on jigs and things. I'll add a few more sketches of the development a bit later. Trying to figure out how to put a video on...
How cool is this! Very impressed oh wonder colleague of mine.
Thanks for the comments folks - they are very encouraging!

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