Intro: "On Air" Light
No one likes being interrupted, whether they run a radio station or performing vocally, so here's a queue!
This sleek-looking lamp can act as a nightlight or hallway lighting if you're not an aspiring DJ
Plus it's completely customizable!
This emits light, thus "Lights Contest". Voting shows appreciate if this inspired or intrigued you.
Step 1: Backboard and Slump Mold
I used a hardwood oak as the backboard for the light
Use any type of saw you want to cut whatever size you want for your lamp
Since I'm making an equilateral triangle, half the length of a sheet of plexiglas is the length of the backboard
Don't forget to take off the width of the backboard off both sides of the plexiglas for mounting
The slump mold was thrown together for the plexiglas to balance on and conform to
Two equilateral triangles the width of the backboard plus two sheets of wood the size of each side screwed together
The size of the slump mold all depends on whatever size lamp you make
Step 2: Slump or Form the Plexiglas
Experimenting, I tried this in a toaster oven that was a bit too small, with temp around 400°F
While it did slump, the plastic near the element went all bubbly, which I had to sand out
Would definitely recommend a hot-air gun or larger oven when forming, but, hey, we're learning
I also tried using a torch and wood slabs to form and bend. which worked pretty well
For it to fit snugly, it was formed a little smaller than the backboard
Starting to look like a lamp?
Step 3: Mounting
Here's what I used:
- old sewing machine lamp with broken cord
- 10' power plug
- Heat-shrink tubing
- 1/8th drill bit
- 1/4th Spur point drill bit
- marking and scribing implements
I mounted everything so that it was flush with the wall, and was able to flip the switch easily
The lamp, fortunately, had mounting points and hardware already installed
The backboard mounting points were angled to get maximum hold on the mount nails/screws
Step 4: Stylizing the Sign
Whatever you want to light-up the sign with, that's what you stencil!
A doodled out this design in two minutes, and I'm by no means a pro artist
Sanding the plexiglas ensures a good hold with whatever type of paint you want to use
I spray-painted a base of white, placed the stencil, then crimson red over it
I was in a hurry, so I'm sure you could do better than me
Here is where you can get creative! Paint whatever you want! Biohazard sign! Air Raid! No Entry! Test in Progress!
Mount this in an office, workstation, or home!
If you liked it or found it inspiring, please let me know or just VOTE!