Blues Clarinet Lamp

Introduction: Blues Clarinet Lamp

I made this clarinet lamp for my son who is a musician and a music teacher. It features a vintage silver tone clarinet, with a hand painted lampshade with musical notations. I added a blue light bulb for a special touch to use as a night light and to emphasize his love of "Blues" music.

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Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Materials for Making a Clarinet Lamp:

A Clarinet (you could use another instrument that would work with a lamp)

A light fixture kit (I purchased a kit at Wal-Mart for $7.97, they had a couple of different ones to choose from and we thought about using parts from an old lamp that was broken...just remember to be safe.)

A lightbulb to fit your fixture

A lampshade to fit your fixture

Gorilla Glue

A Black Sharpie Marker

Basic Tools (pliers,screwdriver, black electrical tape)

*Optional: Base for lamp or a clarinet stand

Step 2: Step 2: Adding the Light Fixture

Add the light fixture to the clarinet by first threading the electric cord down through the clarinet. I added this cord down through the last bottom key that opened, but if I make another I will just run the cord through the bottom of the clarinet because this makes the clarinet set a little off center. I plan to purchase a small clarinet stand to make the lamp more sturdy. It could be attached to a base, but I think the clarinet stand will look more "musical".

Step 3: Step 3: Secure the Light Fixture

Read and follow the directions for putting the fixtures together to make it safe. I had to put black electrical tape around the bottom of the light bulb holder to make it fit more securely into the top of the clarinet. Once the fixture is together, add a light bulb and see if it works properly. Once it is working, secure the light fixture to the clarinet with gorilla glue. Use the black electrical tape to hold the fixture in place until it dries. I let it set over night.

Step 4: Step 4: Decorate the Lampshade

I chose a white lampshade to allow the blue light bulb or other colors to shine through. I made freehand drawings of musical notations around the entire lampshade, starting with a curving staff. I used a black Sharpie Marker and it did bleed a bit. I believe any permanent type marker would work well.

Step 5: Adding the Finishing Touches!

Once the gorilla glue dries, remove the tape that was holding it in place. Add the lampshade and bulb. Turn on and enjoy a nice light. The music lover on your gift list is sure to "light" up when they receive this personalized gift.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like this a lot! I hope that you didn't use any sort of nice clarinet for this. As a musician I both love this and fear this. I hope that if anyone follows your plan in the future that they truly know what kind of clarinet (junk or heriloom) they have before doing something like this.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. I let a couple of musicians check this clarinet out before I did anything with it. I got it at a yard sale from a relative and didn't pay much for it and had thoughts of restoring it, but was told they didn't think it would be worth it. However, with that being said, this could still be turned back into an might be a bit tricky with the gorilla glue, but I think it would be possible. No other alterations to the instrument were made!