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I made this lamp "playing" with wooden dowels and I loved doing it. The shapes and geometries that you can create with things like dowels are infinite (or almost!) so it's always very fun for me to try and create new ones. Yet the part I love the most is putting the light in it to see the magic light effects that are created by such shapes. I'm always amazed at how beautiful they are, even when the shapes are so simple!
It was not purposely made to make it look like a skyscraper, but I decided to call it that way because the effect that the light gave to it in the dark reminded me of a modern skyscraper.

This lamp was made as a "companion" to the other dowel lamp I made a while ago, the Spiral Lamp. As you can see, they are very similar and the way I made it is almost the same one too. The only thing that changes is the way the squares are placed to create a different geometry.

I hope you like this lamp as much as I do, and if you do, please vote and don't forget to tell me what you think about it! :)

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Step 1: What you need

Picture of What you need
  • 124 wood dowels - mine are about 7cm (2.75 inches) long with a diameter of 5mm (0.19 inches), you can get them here.
  • hot glue/white glue
  • piece of cardboard
  • pencil
  • cutter
  • light bulb* and bulb holder
*IMPORTANT: I always recommend using LED light bulbs or at least low-energy light bulbs, especially the cold light ones.
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Darthorso6 months ago

I had not seen it yet, it's incredibly beautiful! O_O

Favorited instantly!

lindarose92 (author)  Darthorso6 months ago

Thank youuuuu!! :) Have you seen the new lamps and lighting contest?

Yeah! And I immediatly thought of you!

Are you joining it? My vote is ready :D

The Iron Man light prize is great!

lindarose92 (author)  Darthorso6 months ago

haha thank you!! :D

I really want to, I just have to come up with something! And yes, the prizes are awesome!! You must thank Tarun for them :D
If you haven't seen his amazing creations yet, you must!

Yes, I saw his creations recently, he's an amazing artist!

Let me know if you enter in this contest! I think you have very good chances! :)

lindarose92 (author)  Darthorso6 months ago

I really hope so! I must hurry and create as much as possible before the heat comes! :D

Are you going to make something for it?

No, I don't think I'll join it! I have several projects in progress but no one is about lamps or lights!

Can't wait for your creation, keep me updated!

This is so cool and i'm really glad making it has a endless potential. I will add a few pictures when I get my lamp back but I added a few reflectors that at first made things a bit to bright but I decided to add a blue and red alternating pattern that had a pretty neat effect but sadly I still don't like the colors as much as I thought I would at first. Have you tried to put something on top of the structure add a different pattern to the ceiling ?

lindarose92 (author)  temporarychaos6 months ago

It sounds great, I can't wait to see it! Thank you!! :)

I decided to leave the top of the lamp free because the light bulb is inserted from that hole. The only 2 options I can think of right now is to either have a cover that you can remove whenever you want, or keep the structure separate from the base so that you can open/close it. That last option needs something to keep the structure firm though.

I was thinking you could make it so you could just sit it on top, and of course remove it when you need to. The thought honestly came to me watching my best friends son play with legos a few weeks ago. O and apparently I gave my lamp as a gift lol. But it gives me a good excuse to make another one. If you come up with a good top please let me know. I figure it will be one of those things you don't make a intentional plan for and you just start building with the flow. I'm still a little amazed at the light these produce I would really like to make one to sit a jar candle in so the fire light will contort the patterns.

lindarose92 (author)  temporarychaos6 months ago

That would be wonderful too :) I'm in love with the light effects it makes too and I bet that adding a top on it would make it even more special! I think that making a larger lamp (I used short dowels so mine is pretty small) would make the top easier to create, but I will definitely let you know if I come up with an idea for that! :)

iamrikkimarie10 months ago
how can I post pictures?
lindarose92 (author)  iamrikkimarie10 months ago

You can click on "add images" right below the comment box, between the "I made it" button and the "post" button :)

I can't wait to see them!!

So I stained the wood first with "chestnut" I believe was the name. Also my dowels are 5/8 inch and 10 inches long so it's a pretty big lamp! Looks like it's leaning because my table was uneven lol. But I just used a clamp lamp from tool store (minus the clamp) my husband built a little wooden stand for the bottom of the light fixture to sit in. Then he cut out a line in the bottom dowl so even with the cord running it would sit evenly. Then he added a switch so you just roll it up to turn it on and off! He always makes my projects his if you can't tell lol) Looks awesome! I will be making another one to spiral since he wanted me to go with skyscraper!
lindarose92 (author)  iamrikkimarie10 months ago

I'm so happy to see that you made it, it's really beautiful! I love the dowels you used, it looks so much more rustic, I really like that effect. Now I look forward to see the spiral one!! :D Have fun! :)

kd7eir1 year ago
Very nice! I love the design ideas that you came up with for this and the spiral lamp.
lindarose92 (author)  kd7eir1 year ago
Thank you so much! These are some of the creations I am most proud of :)
emaye1 year ago
this is beautiful. just like u!!! well done...
lindarose92 (author)  emaye1 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
yneedto1 year ago
Very nice. Might try this one. Thanks. Voting
lindarose92 (author)  yneedto1 year ago
Thank you very much! :)
Wow, from the picture I thought it was made of acrylic or something fancy like that! Looks amazing! Voted :)
lindarose92 (author)  Jedrokivich1 year ago
Thank you so much! That means a lot, I wish I could use acrylic :D
jhamid21 year ago
cooooooooooooool and easy to be done
lindarose92 (author)  jhamid21 year ago
Yes, very! Thank you! :)
hectorf9541 year ago
Cool project. Where can I buy the dowels? How much are they ?
lindarose92 (author)  hectorf9541 year ago
Thanks! Actually the dowels I have are left from my father's work and we've had them for many years so I don't know their cost or where they are sold. I've seen them sold in hobby stores here in Italy, maybe it's the same in the US? I think you could also get them from a carpenter. They don't cost much anyway :)
jasonsj1 year ago
that kind of bulb is called E14, for the size of the socket/thread. these are small bulbs, tipically used in bedside table lamps. the other commonly found in most lighting is called E27. at least here in Argentina. LOL!

GREAT JOB! and thanks for the pictures.
lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj1 year ago
Yes, in fact I consider this lamp a bedside table lamp because it's quite small. I don't know much about light bulbs but anybody can adjust this project to the size they want and use the bulb and bulb holder they prefer :)
zamzamj1 year ago
Lovely work :) !
lindarose92 (author)  zamzamj1 year ago
Thank you! :)
jasonsj1 year ago
That's a really good project. can you take a picture of the bulb light and bulb socket you used? as you did with the dowel, in your hand. THANKS FOR TEH IDEA! Icecreams sticks will be good to, but i would do it with 2 or 3 stiks together to make the light have more space in between to spread around.
I'm not a native speaker, hope you get the idea! LOL!
lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj1 year ago
Here is the picture! Actually I can't remember if the light bulb I used for the pictures above is that one or another, I tried the lamp with more than one but they are all about the same anyway.
lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj1 year ago
Don't worry, I am not a native speaker either :) I understand about the icecream sticks, I thought about joining together the dowels too at first but then I realized that the look wouldn't have been that good...the separation between the dowels would have been too visible.
I am going to post the picture you asked tomorrow :)
Jdbye1 year ago
This is a very cool looking lamp when lit. I love the light patterns it creates.
lindarose92 (author)  Jdbye1 year ago
Thank you, I am glad you like it! :)
Burtonserg1 year ago
Somehow i can't believe that dowels are only 7 cm long. Can you please make photo of it in front of your hand?
lindarose92 (author)  Burtonserg1 year ago
Here it is:
so how big is lamp? Sorry for annoying
lindarose92 (author)  Burtonserg1 year ago
It's about 19cm tall and 10cm wide.
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