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Uncanny Shade

By

Jonathan Bradshaw
Uncanny Shade

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

Drinks Cans

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1,736
Produced entirely from reused Coca_Cola aluminium cans and wire, the Uncanny Shade fits snugly into the Uncanny range. The unique folding of the cans cast interesting lights around any room. From a small bathroom light to a grand chandelier, the shade is produced in layers and can be made as large or as small as required by simply adding more to fit any room size. The flexibility of the aluminium wire and cans allows individual cans to be angled and positioned as required. The shade is also finished to a high reflective standard using clear enamel to bring out the beautiful colours of the original can artwork.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials 9x Small Aluminium Coca-Cola Cans3m Aluminium Modelling Wire (5mm Diameter)Epoxy ResinClear EnamelEquipment Long Nose PliersScrewdriverScissors

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Wearing gloves, use a stanley knife to remove the tops of nine small 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, sand any sharp edges. Using knife cut out inner circle of the base. Make 22 slits in inner circle and bend inwards.
Alternate the splayed strips inwards and outwards and fix under the bent slits using screwdriver. 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. Repeat steps 1-5 for each of the other 8 cans.
Bend 1m aluminium wire into 6 arcs - measurements for bends along the wire = 60mm-bend-20mm-bend-50mm-bend-20m-bend-60mm...and so on.
Bend the arcs through the centre of the cans and bend back into shape- fixing them permanently.
After all 6 cans have been attached bend the row into a smooth circle and attach the ends with loops as seen above. Repeat steps 6-8 for 3 can layer.
Attach both layers using 3 aluminium wire loops between both central rings and bend permanently with long nose pliers.
Cutting two 20cm lengths of wire, attach using loops to top central ring. At opposite ends bend open loops as shown above. This attaches the shade to the light cable.
The final Uncanny Shade.
The Uncanny Shade, made entirely from reused aluminium cans and wire.
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