Introduction: USB Powered Glass Shard Lamp
Hi folks of Instructables! This is my first DIY project.
Not really sure where I got the inspiration but I just wanted to make a lamp for awhile now and it finally got finished.
Step 1: Materials Used
24 GA Wire
Gorilla/ Duct Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Broken Pieces of Glass( I used Mexico Sprite, Coke, and Bawls Guarana bottles)
Cylindrical object(I used CD spool cover)
Spray Paint(your choice of color)
Good Music Playlist
Step 2: Main Frame
Using the CD spool cover I worked from the top, first created a loop around the top, cut the wire and tied it off. Did the same to the bottom and then used masking tape to help hold it for the time being.Tie in a wire that is the height of the cylindrical object this give little bit more sturdiness and also a starting point. I placed masking tape only on two spots because I like the imperfections it creates.
Step 3: Sub-Frame
1. After create a pattern using the wire going up and down that starts at the bottom or top of the loop.
Create a loop/knot/tie every time the sub-frame wires cross the main frame wires. How much space you want in between is up to you.
2. Then add another loop that going to runs through the middle. For this one though make loops/ties with the diagonally moving wire.
Tip: The top and bottom wires will start to move around a bit, don't fret because that just adds to the uniqueness.
Step 4: More Wiring
For this step let your free form artist out!
Cut wires that are little bit longer than the height object and start creating crosses. Do this for whole frame, creating more points to add glass shards and looks pretty cool :) More or less its going to look like spider web.
You can keep it simple or go crazy with this step.
Step 5: Removal
1. After going simple or crazy with wiring, remove the masking tape used to hold it and slowly bring it out from the object used.
2. Optional: Mine came out like that, I felt there was too much open space and kept adding wires.
3. After attach some wire to the top so that it can hang somewhere, I ended up putting four wires going across in total. *only two wires crossing are pictured and only remembered this step after attaching the glass, silly me
Step 6: Paint
Bust out the spray can and let it rip!
I used that and it was $1 at Home Depot and drys quite quickly.
Step 7: Adding Glass
Sorry I dont have any pictures of breaking glass because I broke some for a previous project, but there are plenty of effective and safe methods to break glass bottles online.
1. I recommend mocking the piece of glass to the frame
2. Then apply the glue and attach.
After finding a place use glue to get the glass on the frame. Tip: I recommend hot glue guns, I used Stanley GR10 gun and GS10DT glue sticks both cost me $10.47 w/ CA Tax at Home Depot. I have used various super glues but they just dont seem to do the trick.
Step 8: Powerahhh
1. Take the USB cable and cut it near the other end, keep the USB port intact. There will be 3 wires you only need Red and Black, the other one just cut it away.
2. Find an old stand of Christmas lights that are no longer need or buy a set.
2. Cut the wire running in between each light and trim it to expose the copper.
I used 7 different colors and one of them was white/clear bulb. Colors are to your choice.
3. Find the Cathode(+) has the writing on it in white and Anode(-) no writing.
3. Trim down the colors that you want and bundle them according to the charge.
4. I added an extension to the USB cable by using speaker, since its USB there only a small amount of current running.
4. Tape it off with Duct tape or solder if you have the tools.
4. The way I attached the lights to the frame was by separating the (+) and (-) sides in between the crossing top wires made earlier.
Step 9: Plug It In!
After checking that all the wires are connected properly and everything is good, find a USB port and let it glow. It looks cool in light, but looks best in dark.