The full name for this lamp is the "Brazilian Steampunk Incandescent Condiment Dispenser Illumination Device," but that wouldn't fit in the title line;-)
Why "Brazilian Steampunk" you may wonder? While this wasn't made by a Brazilian, it was made in Brazil, with Brazilian tools and mostly Brazilian materials, so I think that qualifies it for "Brazilian Steampunk."
The very simple wiring involved in this project is the same principle I used in my Steampunk USB mini-lantern. And the condiment-shaker-turned-lamp-globe is reminiscent of my first Instructable and steampunk lamp - Lanterna Antiga.
There are lots of great Instructables on this site that will give you tips on making a USB lamp. The first that inspired me to try this was the mini USB powered Tiffany Lamp. (Thanks Kaptin Scarlet;-)
Here's how I made this steampunk inspired version of a USB lamp.
• A block of wood
• A salt or pepper shaker
• Rubber gasket
• String of Christmas tree lights
• USB cable
• Female-to-female "F" type coaxial cable connector (optional)
• Coins (optional)
• Heat shrink tubing
• Screw driver
• File (or rasp)
• Varnish (or stain)
• Super glue
(Some of these tools are optional, depending on the techniques you choose to use).
Step 1: Select wood
Step 2: Cut to cube
Step 3: Grind (or sand)
Using a grinder to distress the angelim pedra is the same technique I used for my Steampunk socket/switchplates and my Rustic wooden towel rack.
Step 4: Drilling the holes
The small hole from the top needs to meet in the center of the block of wood with the hole from one side, so the cable can connect to the light bulb. These two holes need to be wide enough to feed a cable through, and then drilled a bit wider at each end to accommodate the socket on the top, and the "f" type cable connector, which will hold the cable in place.
The hole for the condiment shaker, which will serve as a lamp globe, is a bit trickier. First clamp the block of wood, so it doesn't spin out of control. (It also helped to use two pieces of wood to brace the clamp). I used a hole saw that was 3.5 cm, but then found that I needed to widen the hole a bit, to fit the threads from the shaker. To do this, I used a combination of a philips screw driver (carving the wood in a circular motion) and a file, testing the condiment shaker occasionally, until I had a snug fit.
If you plan to decorate your lamp with coins, this is a good time to drill holes in the side, with a wood hole bit that's the same size as the coins you plan to use. I forgot to do this at this stage, and only drilled these holes after I stained the wood.
Step 5: Varnish (or stain)
Let dry overnight.
Step 6: Preparing the cable connector
Step 7: Preparing the cable
Step 8: Feed through cable
Expose a few inches of the red and black wires, and feed them through the hole in the side of your wooden block. You may need a tweezers to pull them all the way through the top. (Before you do this, don't forget to feed the cable through a piece of heat shrink tubing and the "f" type connector, which will be attached later).
Step 9: Attach lightbulb
So I cut one socket from the string of lights, with about two inches of wire left on either side.
Between the cable and the socket, you want to make sure you have enough cable to work with, to splice the two together, but not so much that you wont be able to stuff it all into the hole you have drilled in your wooden block.
Feed two pieces of heat shrink wire over the black and red wires from your USB cable, and then delicately connect the two wires from your Christmas tree bulb to the two wires from your USB. (These wires are so extremely thin, it was almost like trying to braid nostril hairs;-) Once you have the wires connected, slide the heat shrink over the splice, and gently heat with your lighter.
Now is a good time to plug in your USB cable to a computer (or power adapter) and make sure the bulb lights up. If it doesn't, go back and check your wiring connections. If it does light up, gently tuck the wires into the hole until the socket fits snugly. If necessary, add a few drops of glue.
Now you can heat the shrink tubing around the usb cable, and screw the "f" type coaxial connector into place.
Step 10: Glue on coins
I chose these coins because I particularly liked the way the shiny brass contrasted with the reddish hue of the angelim pedra wood.
And the look on the face of the local shop owner when I asked him for his three shiniest dimes was priceless! (Obrigado Sorriso;-)
First I tried a hot glue gun to affix the coins, but eventually they fell off, so I re-glued them with "Super Bond" (Brazilian Crazy Glue).
Step 11: Add condiment shaker
As you can see from the photo above, this little sucker puts out quite a bit of light for a single Christmas tree light!;-)
Step 12: Finished product
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