Lamp Decorated With Portrait and Poem




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My girlfriend is 1000km away from me, so I came up with this good idea of “lamp with portrait and poem” as a surprise for her birthday.
This lamp has a fabulous visual effect because it presents a picture or something. I’m not able to describe it precisely but you can see the photo below. Isn’t it cool? I was just playing with the light :D

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Lamp bulb
Board (I used the fiberboard but any type is ok)
Iron wire and screw

CNC (it’s absolutely not necessary but if you were lucky enough to have the access to a CNC, then you needn’t any other tools except a computer)
Drills of different size (diameter)
Computer software Rhino with Grasshopper

Step 2: Generate the Rendering Picture Using Software

Using the software Rhino with a plug called Grasshopper to create the “blueprint” which will be used later. (This software can create a picture composed of circles of different diameter, according to the original picture’s grey level)
I used this function to deal with my portrait.
The picture is just a sketch.

Details about the software.
1.Download and install the Rhino and its plug-in called Grasshopper.
2.Run the Rhino and the grasshopper.(by type "grasshopper" in Rhino and enter)
3.Insert those "slider" and "RccGrid" and so on. Just do as my picture shows and insert your own picture.
4.Then the rhino main program will show the result.
Any question is okay. Thanks

Step 3: Preparation

Print the blueprint with an appropriate scale.
Fix this blueprint to the board.
You can also use the CNC but I will present my inscrutable in a manual mode.

Step 4: Drill a Portrait

Use drills to drill out the board at the position given by blueprint.
Notice that the blueprint has many different diameter circles. You’d better choose the corresponding size of drill in order to have the best effect.

Step 5: Drill a Poem

I suddenly decided to have little change——write a sentence of poem on the left side of the lamp instead of my portrait.
The poem was from Shakespeare. I neglected the “SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER'S DAY” and maintained the “THOU ARE MORE LOVELY AND MORE TEMPERATE” which meant “you are more lovely and temperate than a summer day.”
In fact, my girlfriend was quite pleased with this.

Step 6: Assemble I

Use the sandpaper to polish the surface of boards.
I used some narrow stick and screw to decorate the lamp’s board as the photo shows.
At the same time, the triangle board which was to be placed at the top and bottom of the lamp could be fixed using the iron wire and screws mentioned above.

Step 7: Assemble II

Assemble the front boards with the top and the bottom.
Hang a bulb inside the whole structure.

Step 8: Assemble III and Decoration

I cut two big holes on the back board in order to place two photos.
In this way, the lamp was perfect. Its front boards were my portrait and a poem while its back boards were two of my girlfriend's and my photos.
Assemble the back board.



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    24 Discussions


    Thanks for the extra steps, I've nearly finished it but how do you remove the grid behind the circles? And how to you scale the grid off circles to fit the whole image on it?

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    I cannot use the software so I just recalled my memory. Perhaps you could click the right key of the mouse(however I don't remembered where to click) to choose the grid invisible. As for the second question, perhaps you could drag the main window of Rhino and try.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Excelent work! But hey, could you please give details about Grasshopper part, i've never used it before and not i'm not familiar with the software, could really use some help! ^^

    1 reply

    and when I was dong that lamp,I tried lots of times,changing the three sliders to get a correct image.


    I was trying to insert a picture in my reply but failed. however I upload it in my homepag. here is the link


    Great instructable. I was wondering whether you could go a bit more in depth to the process of making the blueprint in grasshopper. I'm new to rhino and could use some help. Thanks.

    4 replies

    sorry, I was trying to reinstall the Rhino 4 SR9 becasue I deleted it months ago. But I lost my cd-key, so it's a pity……
    however I can describe the details. the plug-in called Grasshopper and install it. the Rhino and the grasshopper. as my picture shows and insert your own picture.
    4.then the rhino main program will show the result.
    any question is okay. Thanks


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks awesome! This is just what I needed! Question: Do you know if I can make the same image in PhotoShop or Illustrator?

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I can just use photoshop a little so it's a pity that I do not know this.
    however, you can just download a software called Rhino and a plug-in called grasshopper. Run the software and it's quite easy to make the image just copy my way as the picture shows. Maybe later I will write another article about the Rhino in detail.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Did some digging, found out how to do this in Photoshop..