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Pecto Table Lamp

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Pecto Table Lamp

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Make-it-Yourself

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Lighting

Waste Materials

Packing Boxes

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Pecto is a cardboard table lamp made from common household waste items which are usually destined for the bin. The main frame is made from a reused cardboard box approx 2mm thick (although the design can be done with any thickness of card). Pecto can easily be made in 10 steps.

Materials & Equipment List

Old Cardboard Box Leftover String, Wool, Yarns, or equivalent.Bulb/fitting from an old lamp.ScalpelCocktail Stick or stitching awl RulerBlack marker penNeedle

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Firstly draw the stencil in step 2 on the card twice as above. Draw also a circular bulb holder to fit your bulb in as shown above. The slit in the 2 main lamp templates should be the correct size for the circular bulb holder piece to slit into when assembled (see step 6).
Stencil Card Template and size example.
Carefully using a blade or scalpel, cut out the two card templates you have drawn, ensuring that they are both exactly the same size.
To make the holes for the string, start by marking out where you would like them to be with a pencil, making sure that there is equal spacing between them. You can choose your own spacings depending on the final effect you would like for your lamp. Once you have marked them out, carefully pierce the cardboard with a stitching awl or a compass and then use a cocktail stick to widen the holes if needed.
This part is a little tricky and is not absolutely necessary, but it does seem to finish the edges of the lamp off nicely. Using a marker pen of your chosen colour (I have used black here which seems to work well), go around the edges of the cardboard with as shown above.
The moment of truth! If the measurements are correct the lamp should assemble with ease. Make sure that the cardboard bulb holder is the last component.
Using an embroidery or knitting needle, thread the string, wool or yarn through the first holes as shown above. Make sure that you allow enough string for the rest of the shade. Revolve around the axis and double back when you get to the the start and begin on the next hole.
Once the shade is formed, pull the string through a little and tie it off securely (using two knots preferably). Do this with both ends of the string.
Remove the cardboard bulb holder and attach all the electrical components, placing the bulb holder through the assigned slit (as shown above). Once in place, insert an  energy saving bulb.
The final Pecto lamp made from reused cardboard boxes.
The Pecto Cardboard Lamp.
The Pecto Cardboard Lamp.
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BAFPD2

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A BA Furniture & Product Design student @ NTU...

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