||PAD Inspired Swag/Float Lamps
Joined: Apr 23, 2003
|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 ]
Joined: Oct 08, 2003
|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.
Joined: Dec 02, 2003
|Posted: 2005-08-27 8:21 pm  Permalink|
Ultra cool project! Thanks for sharing badmojo!
Joined: Sep 14, 2004
From: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 2005-08-27 10:24 pm  Permalink|
Very cool. Nice lamps, nice and cheap.
Joined: Jan 29, 2004
From: San Pedro, CA
|Posted: 2005-08-28 10:14 am  Permalink|
hey badmojo, those lamps turned out great! very swag!
Joined: Aug 05, 2005
|Posted: 2005-08-29 09:43 am  Permalink|
great idea... thinking about make a couple myself
Joined: May 21, 2003
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
|Posted: 2005-08-30 6:41 pm  Permalink|
Very creative, very nice!