This project is one in a line of projects exploring impermanence in design. This project in particular explores chaotic, one of a kind form making through barrier free molding. The final form in this instructable was my first attempt, but many iterations could easily be made by reusing the same materials for further exploration.
The forming method is easy and simple, involving only a large amount of wax, a large amount of ice, and an LED light bulb. The ice is used as a mold for the molten wax, with the LED bulb (needs to be LED because a hotter bulb will melt the lamp) cast within the form. The wax forms as a network of tendrils and acts as a translucent medium for the light to travel through.
This is a rough idea to be built upon. I realize the downfalls of the wax lamp as a final product, but it is a concept meant to be the first step in an exploration of form and material.
Step 1: What You Will Need
The main ingredients:
-A large block of paraffin wax (my local hobby shop sells them for making candles) I think I ended up using about 6-7lbs of the wax
-A whole bunch of ice (I used about 13 bags). the size and shape of the ice will effect the final form of the piece, feel free to experiment!
-An LED globe bulb and a cord/socket that will fit the bulb
-A large pot for melting wax (beware this is hard to clean post project, I bought a junk pot from goodwill for this very reason)
-A large tarp