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PAD Inspired Swag/Float Lamps
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Joined: Apr 23, 2003
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Posted: 2005-08-27 6:22 pm   Permalink

I finally picked up a copy of Matt Maranian's PAD, and loved the simplicity of his Hawaiian Eye Swag Lamps. I picked up a pair of white acrylic overhead light globes from Home Depot for $9.99 each, and used fine grade sandpaper over the entire surface so the paint would adhere better.

In the book the light fixture is held in place with a couple of twisted wires, but I had another idea. I used a couple of clip-in light cord sets I picked up at Dollar Tree. The lights come packaged with the bulb fixture inside a clear acrylic tube to protect during shipping. Since it's already the perfect size, I thought I'd use it to mount the fixture inside the globes.

I traced around the mouth of the globe onto a thin plastic sheet. In this case it's a CD bin divider from my Music Store days. Then I just cut an opening in the center for the tube, and hot glued them in place. I drilled four holes in the globe necks and used zip-ties to hold them in place.

Using Sisal twine I wrapped both globes, tying off the ends.

Then I just sprayed them with a few light, even coats of paint. After the paint is dry you cut away the twine.


Just to clean up the cords a little, I sprayed then brown & wrapped them with more twine. I split a piece of bamboo and notched the back so the cords would run through and out, and hung the whole contraption from a couple of eye hooks. I think it's adds some color and gives the corner some character. And cheap! $20 for the globes, $2 for the bulbs/fixtures and the rest of the stuff I already had around the house.

[ This Message was edited by: badmojo 2005-08-27 18:25 ]

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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2005-08-27 7:11 pm   Permalink

Very nice! I suppose you could replace the twine with rope and tie up some netting to make hanging float lamps.

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Sam Gambino
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Joined: Dec 02, 2003
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Posted: 2005-08-27 8:21 pm   Permalink

Ultra cool project! Thanks for sharing badmojo!

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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-27 10:24 pm   Permalink

Very cool. Nice lamps, nice and cheap.

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2005-08-28 10:14 am   Permalink

hey badmojo, those lamps turned out great! very swag!

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Joined: Aug 05, 2005
Posts: 137
From: Malmoe/Sweden
Posted: 2005-08-29 09:43 am   Permalink

great idea... thinking about make a couple myself

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Joined: May 21, 2003
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2005-08-30 6:41 pm   Permalink

Very creative, very nice!

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