I had one small incandescent light laying around, so i decided to make a lamp using it. While I was looking for materials to use on the project, I found in a box some messy copper wire. The idea of a copper wire ball popped in my head, so I made it.
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Step 1: Making a Ball
Making a ball out of wire can be very frustranting, I used a ball to shape it at the begginning and finish wrapping around itself. At first it's hard to make the shape I looked for, but at the end of the day and a lot of persistence, the main piece of the lamp was finished and it came out pretty great. An easier way to do it is using an balloon. Just fill it up with some air and wrap the wire around it, when you're done jut pop it.
The next process was to decide how to hook up the light with the ball. After soldering the power cord to the light holder, I thought how to make a great base that would have some weight so the lamp would roll around the desk.
Step 3: Drilling
I drilled two holes on a small piece of wood, enought for both screws hold the lamp.
Step 4: Screwing and Testing
I screwed the lamp holder on the small wooden plate and after that tested to see if everything was working properly.
Step 5: Making a Base
To use as a base to keep the lamp steady and give it a little weight i used an old circular saw blade. Then I needed to find a way to join the lamp and the blade. For that I used one metal plate from a transformer. The piece didn't fit in the saw blade hole so I had to reduce it's size. Using some pliers I cut the metal to make easier to bend it. I also used an hammer to make it flat.
Step 6: Joining the Parts
Now just slide everething in place and screw the lamp inside the ball. The lamp holder stays inside the ball and the wooden piece outside.
Plug it and enjoy!