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Uncanny Lamp

By

Jonathan Bradshaw
Uncanny Lamp

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

Drinks Cans

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Produced entirely from reused Foster aluminium cans and wire, the Uncanny Lamp sits elegantly on any desk or bedside table. The unique way in which the cans are crafted cast no end of interesting shadow and light around the room. The addition of a candle bulb allows the shade to take on the organic form of a flower - the tip of the bulb protrudes from the top representing the bud, whilst the flexibility of the wire base allows for a versatile range of base possibilities to fit any home. Finished to a high reflective standard using clear enamel to bring out the beautiful colours of the original can artwork.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials 2x Large (Fosters) Aluminium Cans2m Aluminium Modelling Wire (5mm Diameter)2M Electrical Wire (3 wire with Earth)1x UK plug (3 amp fused)1x Bayonet bulb fitting1x 40 watt candle bulbMaterials (available from local hardware stores)2x Large Aluminium Cans2m Aluminium Modelling Wire (5mm Diameter)2M Electrical Wire (3 wire with Earth)1x UK plug (3 amp fused)1x Bayonet bulb fitting1x 40 watt candle bulbEpoxy ResinClear EnamelSolderEquipment Long Nose PliersScrewdriverScissorsSoldering IronClear EnamelSolderEquipment Long Nose PliersScrewdriverScissorsSoldering Iron

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Wearing gloves, use a stanley knife to remove the tops of two large aluminium cans.
Using scissors, cut the can into 22 1cm strips from top to base, stopping at the curve next to the base.
Splay the strips outwards into a star shape, sanding off any sharp edges. Using the knife cut out the inner circle of the base.
Make 22 slits in the remaining inner circle and bend inwards to form a smooth shape. Alternate the splayed strips inwards and outwards and fix under the bent slits.
Put a dab of epoxy resin on each strip to hold permanently. Once hardened, hang the cans outside and spray with two even coats of clear enamel, allow to dry.
Place the two cans on top of each other and interlock. Use a spot of epoxy under 4 touching loops to hold in place.
Produce a spacer using a 20mm diameter ring from an old lamp and fix with epoxy to bent aluminium wire as shown above. Glue to bottom of cans.
Wire up the plug and bulb socket. Solder earth wire to tip of 1.5m of aluminium wire and tighten in place with base of socket. Wind wire around cable for 0.5m.
Arrange base in desired way and for support.
Place shade on top of bulb socket and screw socket into place.
The final uncanny lamp made from reused aluminium cans.
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