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Shoji-style table lamp

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I'd been planning to build a floor lamp using bamboo for the pole, and a lampshade that was kind of inspired by shoji screens (I'm trying to get a Japanese-style decor going), I like that look of light through translucent paper. By the time I'd built the base and the pole, and then the lampshade, I realised the shade was too big and would have made the lamp look top-heavy.

Instead I decided the shade would look good as a table lamp (I did something else for my floor lamp - see here). Since I made this I've found that it does look quite a bit like an actual andon! (Like a cross between this, this and this, say)
 
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Step 1: Making the panels

I bought an A3 sheet of tracing paper (90g/m2) and cut it into quarters. (It would be easier to get 4 sheets of A4, of course!)
I had way more chopsticks than I can ever use, including 20-odd cheap square bamboo ones, and they seemed like an easy way to make the frames (in my local Asian supermarket you can get a pack of 20 of these for under 2 euros). I sanded off the pattern that was stamped on, and cut down 8 of them to the width of each sheet of paper. (Ideally I would have split them in half lengthwise but couldn't think how to do this easily)

Then I applied a very thin layer of wood glue along one side of the chopsticks and stuck them to the paper, lining up the outside edge of the chopstick with the outside edge of the paper. You can see how I laid them out in the photo. (Sorry, I didn't think of taking photos while I was making the panels, but I think the photo of one side of the completed shade gives a good idea.) Weigh it all down with some books or something and let the glue dry. You'll want to make 4 of these panels. If necessary you can trim the paper by cutting along the back side of the chopstick with a sharp knife and peeling off the extra.

Glue along the sides of each the front and back panels, on the back of the paper, and fit the 4 panels together to make a cube - well, one without a top or bottom (see diagram for how I fit them together). This was the hardest bit, because I had to support it while the glue dried, but the paper is quite delicate so I couldn't put much pressure on the sides! A pile of books on each side should do it. Just try to line them up closely and make it as square as possible! (Mine was a bit off..)
MightySimon3 months ago

I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, so I made one for myself. I
used lamp socket and not a CFL bulb, just a regular one which gave
problems, but I didn't finish the base. Everything is just standing on a
piece of styrofoam for now. It needs bulb replacing as paper was
getting really hot and smelling smoky lol.

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atarax (author)  MightySimon3 months ago

Looks fantastic! But yes please do change from an incandescent bulb to a CFL, and think about something more suitable for the base - the combination of the words styrofoam, hot and smoky is rather terrifying :D

realife111 year ago
Instead of CFL bulbs (which contain a small amount of mercury, and no amount is a safe level, AND they require proper safe disposal!), I have used bright white L.E.D. xmas lights, rolled into a wad and placed inside. They never get hot, are incredibly bright, and if you want a warmer glow, just change the paper in the lamp to a warmer color. It works great and is super cheap (especially around xmas time when all the lights go on sale.
20millon2 years ago
I had a spare lamp component from a previously broken IKEA lamp and decided to use the insides for this. I made it for Mothers Day today and my Mum loved it, thanks for this great idea! Took me only a few hours to assembly =D
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 As long as you keep using Compact fluorescents you don't have to worry about heat, Fluorescent light bulbs don't work the same way incandescents do, Incandescents heat up a filament in a cloud of argon I believe, the resistance through the wire releases energy in the form of both heat and light, when you use fluorescent bulbs the gas inside them is excited by the energy (which is vamped up inside the base of the CFL) and the gas actually emits UV radiation but when it hits the coating on the inside of the bulb it is converted to visible spectrum light, no heat released, unless it's from the amplification circuit
That's what SHE sayd!
*said
manutea4 years ago
It like it, thank you !!!
truenos4 years ago
Nice!!
gulshan204 years ago
yeps...use of bulb holders would be lot easier....:D
trapz4 years ago
thx..its awesome
NikkyG4 years ago
I think you have a lot of work on your hands when it is time to replace the bulb. It might have been better to have used 2 lamp holders instead?
ATG NikkyG4 years ago
agree....tht wud be a lot easier....
I love it, planning on making one.
Great instructions. That has definately given me a better visual understanding of the process. I've had trouble lately making shades for lamps, and you've definately lit a few bulbs in my mind!
Hillrider5 years ago
Wow, Nice one. Thanks
redmoon965 years ago
That was a great instructable, but to make it seem even more asain, you could find a japenese or chinese symbol that you like, get some thicker paper for one of the sides, and paint the symbol on.
n0ukf5 years ago
Why bother with two CFLs for more light? I've seen them anywhere from 40W to 150W equivalents if not a wider range than that for single units.
matt19925 years ago
could i maybe use normal paper for that? another thing that could make it pretty good is if u mounted that onto suming like ur peaker but made of....um..maybe poofy (haha) black leather
$ NAB $6 years ago
I'm a big fan of japanese decor.I'll make that today itself
unspecified6 years ago
Wow - this looks great - making an aesthetically pleasing something from "nothing". An easy way to split small pieces of wood lengthwise is to use a sharp knife - embed in in one end and tap on it till it drives through - works for me anyway.
SMRUDOLPH6 years ago
I have to echo PKM and say this is a first-class instrucable.

It inspired me to make something similar when I redid my bathroom (an ongoing project). You can see a couple of photos here --

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10601633@N02/sets/72157603111649278/.

Every time I get out of the shower and the room is filled with steam, I think of PKM's suggestion that you spray the lamp with water to tighten up the paper.
zorro33556 years ago
well itrued to do it but i failed.i got a problem sticking a A4 paper onto hose chopsticks
PKM6 years ago
This is your first Instructable? It's perfect- clear, concise, well written instructions, good photographs, a little relevant background and useful links. You get a + from me. A couple of comments - I believe if you lightly spray the paper with water (use a plant sprayer or an empty kitchen cleaner bottle rinsed and filled with water) just after you glue it, it will shrink slightly and pull taut to the frame to eliminate wrinkles. I'd be more inclined to add a light socket so I could change the bulbs, but I had no idea you could wire straight into CFLs like that so appreciate your angle. There's a surprising amount of difference in the reported cost of CFL bulbs on Instructables- the last one I bought cost about £2.80 (maybe 4.50 euro, or $5.60), someone in America reported them costing about $15 or $20, and yours cost 2 euro? Price differences between different stores can't account for all this variation, surely...
JoCat PKM6 years ago
I just picked up six for $1.05 each. ACE Hardware has them for cheap as part of a 'green energy initiative.'
atarax (author)  PKM6 years ago
thanks, I appreciate it! Yeah, that 3-pack was 6.15 euros - but they were half-price, and they're cheap no-brand bulbs, only energy band B. They take a little while to warm up and change from pink to white... I just bought a single CFL for my new lamp and that was 6.60 (own-brand from Bricorama - think B&Q), but it's band A and supposedly 150W-equivalent. It certainly is bright! I'll try out your idea for the paper, but yeah I think anything more than a really light spray risks crinkling the paper even more? I'll experiment. PS You're in Cambridge then? That's where my brother's studying. also, how long you been a traceur? I've been on the point of starting doing parkour for years now! Need to find someone here who's a keen beginner too and just get on with it..
Browncoat6 years ago
What a great idea for a friend of mine who is basicly Serenity-izing his home. Very sleek!
WileECoyote6 years ago
I like the looks of it, I am also planning a Japanese style decor. But electrical stuff scares me so I'll probably have to use a premade light socket of some sort.
atarax (author)  WileECoyote6 years ago
sure, if you're not confident it makes sense not to experiment with mains stuff! but if you've ever managed to put battery-powered things together, say, it's really no different: if it's wired up ok it will work ;) just make sure the last thing you do is plug it in, once you're happy with it. if you use terminal blocks it's just like lego :) btw, I'm finishing up my other new lamp (the floor lamp I originally designed this shade for), I'll try to get that up here in a day or two, same kind of look (bamboo and paper)
that is awesome, i would make that with led's so its a portable reading light or the like, very sweet looking, you've earned my +
atarax (author)  thebluemartyr6 years ago
thanks for comments, glad you like it! I haven't played around with LEDs much but that's a neat idea, though I guess it would have to be smaller to be bright enough. but a tiny version would be really cute :D
Azn Hitman6 years ago
THATS PRETTY SWEEEEEET!!!!
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