In this instructable, I'm gonna show you how to build your very own Real Life Diamond Ore lamp! A friend of mine is a professional Minecraft Player. So I've decided to make this one for his birthday.
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Step 1: Materials
I've decided to make this lamp as awesome as possible. So my material of choice was 3/4" glass tiles.
To lay down the mosaic pattern in the desired shape I've used a sheet of adhesive vinyl film.
Step 2: Layout
I've printed out the diamond ore texture and marked the colors from A to G. The pattern is made from a combination of 8 colors. 4 grey and 4 blue. Each side of the cube (16x16 pixels) contains 256 pixels.
Step 3: Box Assembly
Ok here is the tricky part, the box. My material of choice here is a transparent plexiglass. To figure out the approximate dimensions of my cube, I've measured the mosaic patterns I made before. I've cut and glued the 4 sides of the cube in an overlapping pattern (see the illustration).
The top has to be slightly bigger, to cover up the sides.
Step 4: Glueing the Tiles
To glue the tile sheets on top of the box I've used the Weldbond Glue. It's perfect for mosaic application and dries transparent. I pre sanded the plexiglass to ensure the stronger bond.
Note: Apply strips of aluminum tape on the outside edges of the cube before gluing the tiles. It will prevent light leaking from the edges of the plexiglass.
Step 5: Inside Part of the Box
I've used an aluminum tape to mask out the glowing pixels of the cube from inside.
Step 6: Lamp Socket and the Bottom Part
The bottom side of the cube is smaller than the top to feat inside the cube. It rested on 4 wooden blocks I've glued inside the cube. (See the illustration)
Step 7: Final Result!
Looks gorgeous! Isn't it?
With all that tiles on, it's quite heavy and sturdy. It weighs about 8 kilos. So prepare for some serious workout next time you mine diamonds. =)
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