D.I.Y CHRONIC EDITION – LOOPY LAMPS #1
YOU WILL NEED…
1 X LIGHT FITTING (lamp kits can be purchased from places such as Bunnings or just your general hardware store)
1 X HOLLOW CERAMIC GARDEN GNOME (can also be sourced from a hardware store)
1 X SILICONE TUBE
1 X GLOBE (i chose a 5 watt globe to get a soft light)
1 X FINE GRADED SAW
1 X LAMPSHADE (Get creative!)
1 X WATER SPRAY BOTTLE
1 X DAMP TEA TOWEL
1 X FABRIC TAPE MEASURE
1 X DARK PENCIL
1 X CHISEL AND HAMMER
THE BREAK DOWN
STEP ONE – Measure with a fabric tape the circumference of the widest part of the lamp socket (area where the globe is screwed into). Get your gnome and use the measurements taken from the light socket to mark where you will cut into. You should technically be cutting off the gnomes topmost point so the light fitting can be easily fed from the bottom up.
STEP TWO – Get your friendly little garden gnome and hold him securely with one hand and use the other to hold the saw. The damp tea towel can be used to hold your gnome firmly in place whilst using the saw. Get your water spray bottle on the ready.
STEP THREE – Saw to the left of the pencil mark if you are right handed and vise versa if you are left handed (better for the hole to be bigger than to small). Whilst sawing ensure you constantly keep the area wet as to prevent the ceramic from cracking.
STEP FOUR – Once you have a hole at the top of the gnome you should make sure you have a decent enough sized hole on the bottom as to allow the light fitting to be fed from the bottom up. Use a chisel (with a sanding edge) and a hammer to make a hole on the bottom of your gnome. Smooth the rough edges of the hole with the sanding side of your chisel, don’t forget to keep the area wet. Sand an indent at the back/bottom of the gnome so you can fit the electrical cord securely into place. This will ensure that your gnome does not wobble.
STEP FIVE – After preparing the gnome get the light fitting and feed it from the bottom up. The light socket should go through first and the electrical plug should hang out the bottom. Pull the light socket through the top of the gnome and use silicone to secure it into place. The light socket should fit level with the hole at the top of the gnome. Use the silicone to secure the wiring into place at the bottom of the gnome in the indent you made earlier on. Place your gnome aside for 10 minutes.
STEP SIX – Once the silicone has set it’s time to get the lampshade attached. On the light socket there should be a plastic brace you can screw up and off. Once you have taken the brace off you can place your selected lampshade on. To secure the lampshade simply screw the brace back onto the light socket.
STEP SEVEN – Get your globe and it’s go time!
STEP EIGHT – Name your lamp. A ridiculous lamp needs a ridiculous name to go with it.