Introduction: Totally Handmade Cardboard Pendant Lamp. Easy to Make.
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Cardboard and Duct Tape Contest
Here I am again with my latest instructable, an awesome & professional looking pendant lamp made of cardboard, and that too totally handmade, which means you don't need any 3D softwares, laser cutter etc. The best part is , it's very simple and easy to make, and once you finish it no one can tell that you have not used any cutting or 3D design tool :-).
So lets get started.
Step 1: Stuff That You Will Need
- A cardboard sheet, I had a big sheet because my metal bed came in that. The type of cardboard used is Triple Wall (see more details about cardboard types here)
- A heavyduty cutter.
- Elmer's glue or Fevicol (in india, I used).
- 1 Tracing paper
- 1 Carbon paper
- An electric cord with bulb holder
- CFL or Bulb or LED strip (will tell you later about this)
- A pencil
- A measuring scale or rular.
- Patience..My Friend...Patience. :-)
Step 2: Preparing the Raw Material
This is the only tedious step in this project.
We need to cut about 140-145 strips of cardboard about. The size of each strip is 12 x 2 cms (Length x Width), in my case.
See the images above, how I had drawn the lines on cardboard to cut strips and the end result.
TIP 1: The thickness of my cardboard was really good and my cutter was sharp but i noticed that cutting the board like paper was leaving the strips with rough edges, so heres what I did. I placed the cardboard little off the table and started cutting as if I am cutting a small piece of wood using saw. This resulted in smooth edges. See the image above for this explanation (sorry its little blurry)
TIP 2: Keep some coffee next to your cutting table ;-), I kept water as well :-)
Congratulations!! You just finished the boring part, lets jump to the interesting one.
Step 3: Build Base of the Lamp.
Lets build the base:
- See the diagram above to have an idea of what we are trying to do, we will create pentagons using the strips and stack them on each other to form a tower like structure, simple..isn't it?
- Place 5 strips on the table to form a pentagon, (Image 1)then Stack 5 more strips to form another pentagon but this time place the strips so that joins of the level below are intersected by the strip on top (Image 2)
- Now glue this arrangement (Image 3) and wait for few minutes so that the glue bonds the strips
- End result is shown in Image 4.
TIP: You may be wondering why I did not use hot glue, well using Elmer's or Fevicol gives me enough time to make adjustments to the shape.
Next step is fun.
Step 4: Stack-Glue-Stack-Glue...Repeat
Keep stacking the strips to form the pentagon and glue them. Then wait for few minutes for the glue to bond. Repeat this to make the entire structure.
TIP 1: Glue all 5 quickly and then gently adjust them to fit to the correct size.
TIP 2: Every alternate strip is parallel to each other, this will help you check for symmetry as the shape is building.
See images above for the feel of the progress. Looking like cool 3D model or may be a building structure of new Mission Impossible Movie...LOL.
Your cardboard pendant lamp is almost ready, lets make arrangements to cover the top of lamp.
Step 5: Cover the TOP
- Put tracing sheet on top of the structure and draw the inner pentagon on it (Image 1).
- Transfer the pentagon on tracing sheet to cardboard sheet using the carbon paper (Image 2).
- Cut the cardboard to get a pentagon.
- In the center of the pentagon cut a hole large enough, so that you can insert half of the bulb holder (Image 5)
- Insert the bulb holder (Image 6) and secure it with its ring. Ensure that its not loose.
- Now Apply some glue as shown in Image 7.
- Place the pentagon piece to cover the lamp (Image 8). You may need to crop the pentagon to adjust it to fit inside properly.
- All the glue to dry for 10-15 Minutes.
- You lamp is ready to light up.
Step 6: Light Up!!
- Incandescent Bulb
- Best Brightness
- Light passes through porous cardboard beautifully
- Produce lots of heat, for cardboard which I had used, this is not a big problem
- Consumes electricity.
- May not be soothing to eyes for few people.
- Soothing light
- Energy efficient
- Produces less heat.
- Less bright
- Light does not pass through cardboard very efficiently.
- Bright and light passes through cardboard nicely.
- Energy Efficient
- No heat problems.
- You need to make custom arrangement to get it fit inside pendant lamp, like I did, I used cardboard from toilet rolls and stick the strip around it. worked very well for me.
As you light up and hang your lamp, its ready for WOW expressions :-). See the image above for various light effects.
I like to thank the author of this iBle for inspiring me and opening endless possibilities with the porous nature of cardboards.
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