Steampunk Arachna Lamp

Introduction: Steampunk Arachna Lamp

About: I'm a programmer with a keen interest in anything you can do and create with your hands.

For this project I challenged myself in making a more organic lamp and try to imitate an arachnid.
I've decided to make 6 legs instead of 8 because with 8 it looked very crowded.

During this tutorial all the measurements are made in cm and mm. Enjoy and please do ask questions or give suggestions.

PS: Please excuse my english mistakes.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  •    Soldering Torch and solder( I found out that using a thinner solder I can make less mess than usual)
  •    Copper Pipe cutter
  •    Drill Tool
  •    16 mm drill head, 8 mm drill head
  •    Sand paper
  •    File

Copper Parts: (see main picture)
  • 3.5 m of copper pipe, 15 mm in width
  • 6 * equal coupling for 15 mm pipe
  • 6 * pipe caps for 15 mm pipe
  • 6 * 90 degree elbow for 15 mm pipe
  • 6 * 45 degree elbow for 15 mm pipe
  • copper plate( 6cm * 6 cm)
  • 6 copper scres or copper plated screws
 A wooden cylinder 14 cm in diameter and 6 cm in width( I found this in my basement, don't know what it was for, but any piece of wood that is cut this way is good)
 Mahogany stain
 A lamp bowl( found it at a store, but any bowl will do as long as it is appealing)
 Electrical wire, light bulb, light bulb socket, a light switch for wires and a connector ( I bought electrical components for maximum 75W).

Step 2: Making the Leg

Using a pipe cutter we will cut 3 pieces of pipe( of course this is done 6 time for each leg):
  • 6 cm piece
  • 10 cm piece
  • 40 cm piece
Attach as shown in this steps main image. The next five images are the detailed images of the couplings and pipes.
Using the soldering torch do as bellow:
  1. attach the 6 cm copper pipe to the equal coupling ( second picture)
  2. attach the piece from the previous part to the 90 degree elbow (third picture)
  3. attach the 10 cm copper pipe to the previous piece (third picture)
  4. attach the 45 degree elbow to the previous piece (fourth picture)
  5. attach the 40 cm copper pipe to the previous piece (fourth picture)
  6. attach to the end of the 40 cm copper pipe a copper cap(fifth picture)
You can use some sand paper and a file to remove the excess solder and the patina created during the welding( because of the heat) or the markings on the pipe.
The end result can be seen in the last two pictures.

Step 3: Making the Base

So we have the base piece of wood. You can either cut it from a bigger wooden plank and cut a circle or just use something similar like i did. Using a file( like shown in the second picture) rough round the corners and after that use sand paper to sand them( third picture).

Here comes the tricky part which consists in drilling the holes for the legs.
Like shown in the fourth picture make the markings on the wood. After that grab the 16 mm drill and make 6 wholes at a 350 angle towards the center but not the whole way through. I made the decision to use this angle because it made it look more natural. After you make this six holes grab a 8 mm drill and make a hole all the way through in one of the previous drilled holes( for the electrical wire).
As shown in the 5-th picture use some sand paper to sand the rough edges of the hole. The result should be like in the 6-th picture.
Use the wood stain to stain the wood. I used some mahogany stain and a piece of cloth to remove the excess stain. You can see the result in the last picture.

Step 4: Attaching the Legs

Before mounting the legs, choose one leg and drill a 8 mm hole into the bottom cap. Drag a wire through and also drag the wire through the corresponding hole created in the wooden cylinder.

As show in the main image put the created legs into their corresponding sockets that were drilled into the wooden cylinder. Because the drilled holes are 16 mm in width and the coupling for the 15 mm pipe are about 16.4 mm in width, the fit will be very tight. You can fix the legs into place using some special glue but because of the tight fit, it all stays together nicely.

Step 5: Adding the Electrical Parts

In the previous step we added the wire through a leg. As show in the main picture we glue the light bulb holder to the center of the wood piece, run the wire to the light bulb socket and make the proper connections. I won't give any details because I saw many light bulb holders with many type of connections, so I'll leave it to you. The second picture shows the end result. The metal part underneath the light bulb holder and above the wooden piece was removed. It was a weak attempt to make a bowl holder and I didn't make a picture after removing it.

Step 6: Attaching the Bowl

I didn't add bowl pictures because it doesn't really matter, any bowl will do and as I sad it only matters to look good.
So lets start to make the bowl blockers or the parts that make the bowl stay into place.
As it is shown in the main picture we need 3 blockers. As I sad in the first part we need a piece of copper 6 cm by 6 cm. We cut this piece into 3 pieces each 2 cm in width and 6 cm in length. I made this especially for this bowl so another bowl may need another type of assembly. I made 3 folds, one 900 for the base( this if fixed to the wood) one about 200 and one 200 back. This procedure is shown in detail in the next pictures.
Screw the base of these plates to the rounded wood and turn them facing the bowl( 6-th picture). Insert the bowl(7-th picture) and insert the remaining 3 screws into the upper part of the copper pieces therefore fixing the bowl into place. The result can be seen in the last picture.

Step 7: Viewing the Lamp

Thanks for viewing and good luck building yours.

Many thanks,

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    8 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 2

    Its cool how the legs look as though they are tapered from the first photo,great job,I think I will try a mini spider,about 1/4 of the size of yours.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    Thank you very much! please post some photos to see after you finish it, good luck and have lots of fun making it!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Where do you get the copper parts, and how much do they cost?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I live in Romania so i don't know any foreign shops. I bought them from a construction parts shop, but you can also find them at a shop where you buy parts for your home water installation and there you will find pipes, couplings and all sort of copper parts. I'll give you the rounded price in dollars because the currency here is in RON.
    - 3 meters of copper pipe( 15 mm width, this is the cheapest one) are about 10 dollars, or 3,3 dollars per meter.
    - 1 equal coupling costs about .8 dollars
    - 1 90 degree elbow costs about 1 dollar
    - 1 45 degree elbow costs about 1.1 dollars
    - 1 copper pipe cap costs about .5 dollars
    The copper plate i bought from eBay at a hobby store, i think it was related to RC Models.
    The total cost was about 40 dollars, including the electrical parts.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That is very helpful! Thank you.