Glass Gravel Lamp





Introduction: Glass Gravel Lamp

About: Hi, my name is John. My hobby is to solve problems from other people and creating nice and functional stuff out of trash. I'm living in Germany so excuse my not so fluent English (some technical terms are ha...

I've found a PMMA pipe in the basement so what to do with such a expensive piece .

One idea was to create a lamp out of the transparent pipe. So I've started to think about the possibilities.

The result is a decorative lamp out of glass gravel.

Step 1: The First Prototype

I don't have any photo from the prototype but I had to rebuild it due to of temperature problems. But it was quite nice to look at.

Step 2: PMMA Pipe Assembly

[The ground plate only contain two circular grooves and a hole for the cable, so nothing special]

For the pipe I've decided to apply a bayonet, this way it is possible to assemble and disassemble the lamp quite easy. Furthermore it is a nice way to get rid of ugly looking connections.

Step 3: The Inner Pipe Section

The inner pipe is based on a seamlessly welded pipe for ovens (118mm diameter).

The overall hight of the lamp is about 50cm.

Step 4: Glue on the LEDs

The LEDs are quite standard LED stripes. Ive used IP67 rated stripes the reason is quite simple, I have enough of them...

Furthermore I've applied a old fly net on top of the inner pipe.

Step 5: Turn on the Light (test the LEDs)

The power supply is from an old laptop and located in the inner tube. Also here nothing special in view of the electric.

Step 6: Add the Glass Gravel

Simply add the glass gravel between the two tubes. The gravel doesn't need special treatment but I've washed it because of reasons ;-)



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    12 Discussions

    This is awesome!! Great build !!

    where did you get the pipe at? I'm having a hard time finding one big enough to be usable

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    PS. Now I'll build a small version of the lamp out of a coffee bean hopper from a "profesional" coffeemachine

    The PMMA pipe:

    I've found that in the Basement, don't ask me why we had such a pipe. You can buy that kind of pipe from a "technical plastic shop" It is used for water treatment plants filter. (FunFac, in German this are only two words "wasseraufbereitungsanlagen filter")

    The Steal pipe is from eBay.

    I hope this will help you in some way.

    I made a clear coffee table. 3 identical pieces of tempered glass layered like a sandwich. Seal all 4 edges. center punch the edge of the middle sheet of glass and VIOLA. want it to light up? before sealing the edges, install led ribon around edge then seal it and again VIOLA. no pics as I sold it. sorry

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    That's also I cool idea, I've seen something like you described on a convention, but without the LED stuff.


    2 years ago

    if you ever need to remake or fix it up you could use rgb leds to get a really nice lighteffect.

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    RGB was also one idea, but I'm to lazy to change the color. But feel free to rebuild it by your self.

    You can buy all components online. (or use old car windows, the safety glass can also be used to create the effect.)

    how do I use old car windows, sounds interesting.

    You can use the side windows. This glass is tempered in a way that it will break into small pieces. The fist PoC was build out of such a window (the pieces).

    I've bought my glass in a online shop for glass gravel due to the fact that the small pieces from the safety glass can still be sharp. (My wife wanted something more save) Also It is possible to buy different colors of the glass gravel.

    I'm using it as mood light in my living room. I'll add a image of that later today.