A Recycled Mushroom Cloud LAMP

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Introduction: A Recycled Mushroom Cloud LAMP

Here is the prompt: if you have 1 dollar and a light bulb, how can you made yourself a cool lamp?

Find your old toys and Make them into a cool atomic boom lamp that actually function then ! XD

For a trash-recycling project I made this awesome lamp within a dollar budget. You can do it at home too!

※※※ Preparation Status

To make a cool lamp like this is not so hard :) All you need is find materials as below:

**But if you have a budget of 5$ or more that will be much more easier.

·A functional Light bulb ( In the example, a LED bulb with a E-26/27 socket *Found that for an)

·A socket (E-26/27 in the example)

·Wire, two ends wire would be better (In the example, a three end wire *recycled)

·Plugs (usually come with the wire)

·Plastic Bags

·Plastic tubes or cups

·Cottons (In the example the cotton balls originally come from an old toy bear)

· Steel Wire (Stronger wire will be better )

Tools Required:

· Scissors that cuts wire

· Electrical tapes

· Glue ( or glue sticks with glue guns)

· Last but not least, your hands !!

LET'S GET STARTED WITH SIMPLE STEPS !!! XD

Step 1: STEP 1: Prepare Your Material

In the example I've done, the three-end wire I found from an old electrics requires preparation to be used in the lamp.

**IF YOU HAVE A TWO ENDED WIRE, JUST SKIP THIS STEP ( * ̄▽ ̄))

Steps :

**IF YOU HAVE A TWO ENDED WIRE, JUST SKIP S ( * ̄▽ ̄))

1. Cut the wire open

2. Find the GROUND WIRE:

** Different region might have different color for the ground wire, in this example is the green one.

Find the color for the ground line accordingly :http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/reference...

3: Cut the ground wire short to Insert the Steel wire inside.

4: Use electrical tapes and firmly cover-up the entire cut-open wires.

And now you have a wire ready for use with two ends :)

Step 2: Step 2: Make the Frame

This Step is divided into two parts: Make the base ||| Make the frame for the diffuser

ONE: Make the base

Use the wire that already attached to a much stronger Steel wire, and fold the wire in spiral shape.

Leave a small part of the wire in order to plug the lamp in :)

After make sure that the base can stand by itself, Use tapes or Wires to bundle the wire into place :)

TWO: Make the diffuser Frame

Use plastic tubes (straws) or plastic strips ( Cut out from a wasted plastic cup) to form a shape for the cloud itself:

** Find reference pictures for mushroom cloud will be helpful.

Then cover the frame up with plastic bags collected from the street or at home!

**Transparent plastic bags will be better to use, for the light effect will be stronger and prettier to see in the following steps :)

Step 3: Step 3: Attach the Cloud

NOW IT'S PERSONAL FAVOURITE STEP :D

·Use those cotton balls and attach those little fuzzy balls on the plastic cloud shape XD

· Simply use glue or hot glue ; Don't apply too much glue on the plastic surface or the cotton balls might get messed up in the end

· Rub the cotton ball to make it fuzzy and cute

·Then attach the base according to the Mushroom Cloud picture, too

Step 4: Step 4: Wire the Lamp

Wire the lamp according to the tutorial on-line XD

I personally use this video on youtube ↓ ↓ ↓:

Then there you have the functioning lamp :D

Step 5: Step 5: Enjoy Your Atomic Bomb Shape Lamp !

Carefully turn on the lamp and Enjoy XD

2 People Made This Project!

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39 Comments

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Dreamchronic
Dreamchronic

5 years ago

wow man, that is so awesome!

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KévinG14
KévinG14

5 years ago

if you use a conventional light bulb yes, but not with led light bulb (low power = Low heat)

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sandman_365
sandman_365

5 years ago

http://i.imgur.com/vV39zSv.gif

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tab328
tab328

5 years ago

instead of an e-26 led light bulb you could use a wall wart and solder some leds in, the heat would be in the adapter that's not inside the lamp, and you can disperse the leds throughout and/or have multiple colors and flashing/fading ones as well.

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GregQ
GregQ

5 years ago

You killed a teddy bear for this? Say it ain't so! Somewhere there's a flaccid bear stretched out like a dead jellyfish;( Anyway, I did a similar thing back in '90 using urethane foam w/some blacklight paint that made it glow @ the top. Good job! No more bruins though, I can';t bear it!

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tab328
tab328

Reply 5 years ago

can't BEAR it ahahaha

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gadsden
gadsden

5 years ago

Some synthetic toy stuffings melt instead of burning.
Possibility: Use fiberglass instead of cotton. But spray lightly with some type of varnish to prevent the irritating fibers from falling/rubbing off.

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luckyedboy66
luckyedboy66

Reply 5 years ago

That sounds like a comfort/safety hazard. Fiberglass in the skin is awful and worse if ingested.

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gadsden
gadsden

5 years ago

Use a mini mirrored ball turned by a rotation motor to reflect beams of light.

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gadsden
gadsden

5 years ago

Use a mini mirrored ball turned by a rotation motor to reflect beams of light.

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gadsden
gadsden

5 years ago

A tiny rotation motor could turn a miniature mirrored disco ball to cast flickering light patterns.

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VendicarD
VendicarD

5 years ago

Fire hazzard. I would not build.

Looks great though.

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RanT1
RanT1

5 years ago

1/10th the heat is about right, but that can still be a fair amount: a 60W equivalent is still putting out as much as a 7W night light/Christmas decoration bulb. But you've also got about 10 times the surface area to radiate it, so the fire danger is small by comparison.

Alas, less heat also means not enough hot air to turn the can: you'd need to add a motor.

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adrianfk
adrianfk

5 years ago

For safety, you could have a perspex or glass tube round the LED. That would allow for venting from below through to the top and would avoid direct contact with the cloud fibre.

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spark master
spark master

5 years ago

great for redecorating a 1950's home with period furniture and one of these to remnd us of how screwed up we humans are.

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BrettS2
BrettS2

5 years ago

Great looking project! You could soak the cotton material in a baking soda solution and let it dry. That will make it fire resistant. They also make fire-retardant pillow stuffing. Consider modifying the project to use 12VDC super-bright LEDs with the transformer external to the lamp.

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twolf8
twolf8

5 years ago

On the fire hazard thing - shouldn't most newer stuffed toys be made with fire resistant stuffing?

Also if doing the LED version, I would suggest adding a few red and orange LEDs to similar the fireball.

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tecton47
tecton47

5 years ago

That looks very cool! Especially for those of us from the "duck and cover!" era.