Intro: How to Make an Awesome Design Lamp
the informations that follow are not the solution to achieve a designer lamp, I give you slopes, you are free to follow them to adapt them and customize the design according to what you like!
The ideal is to achieve my lamp to know a company that can cut through metal laser. If you are super handy and careful, it is possible to realize the lamp in wood.
Step 1: STEP 1 : DO RESEARCH
First you need to choose an animal that you like and look up for reference image.
I personally find that the deer is a beautiful animal, it is a graceful and noble animal. Woods perfectly balance the head and give greatness - great for a wall.
Step 2: Step 2: Trace the Drawing.
I use Illustrator to trace my design. it's the perfect software because it allows you to export your track to the format necessary to cut into the metal : .DXF .DWG ou .IGS
Laser cutting imposes some constraints: the empty less than 2 millimeters will not be cut. that's why I chose to perforate the head of the animal. using small circles of diameters ranging from 3 to 6 millimeters.
This lamp will be the Christmas gift of my sister, the fact that perforate the piece adds a "female" note and "delicate."
I like the "crazy" design, so I decided to add accessories to my deer. glasses and a bow tie.
Feel free to add mustaches or monocle or, if you want to add steampunk note to the project, a top hat for exemple.
The only limit is your imagination !!
The most powerful laser cutters can cut metal 10 cm thickness ! Here our piece will not suffer of "fatigue" (mechanical term for stress / force / friction applied to the object). A thickness of 1.5 millimeters is enough for the lamp.
In the drawing you will notice that I also designed the piece that i will use to fix the lamp on the wall. once the piece is cut, it will be folded to obtain a "U".
Step 3: Step 3 : First Assembly
To fix the details of the animal we use stainless steel screws.
To remain delicate and fine, I polished the heads of my screws to erase the markings and have a less aggressive form of head, more discreet.
The wall mount, glasses and the deer's head are held together by the same screws.
Step 4: Step 4: Disassembles and Polished On!
To polish stainless steel, I first use a 1000 grit sandpaper. I make ONLY rotation movements to avoid marking the metal.
I add penetrating oil and I re-performs the same rotational movements. for several hours to obtain a suitable result!
I re-assemble the lamp and go to step 5: electrical installation.
Step 5: Step 5: Electrical Installation
For the cable I chose a color braided electrical cable to add a touch "design". A straight jack for plugging in small corners.
The switch is integrated on the sockets. So it is not visible.
Choose a light bulb with a very wide angle of illumination to maximize the effect of the perforating head. If you opt for steampunk details you can choose a light bulb "vintage" with a yellow light.
Step 6: Step 6: Tips and Tricks
When you trace your pet head or the accessories using Illustrator (or other software), you must keep in mind that the whole piece must be connected. Like a stencil ! if not, some parts could fall.
the deer head construction's cost is 100 € (supplies + metal cutting)
more cutting will be difficult the higher the price will be high
The final piece can be painted or varnished.
Voilà. i hope you like it