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VELO lamp

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Tom Robinson
VELO lamp

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

Bike Parts

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Velo is a unique table lamp reproduced from one single bike wheel. The main structure is formed by closely interweaving bike spokes through their original holes in the wheel hub.The high carbon content of most bike wheel parts make them virtually impossible to break down and recycle; the Velo lamp is produced from these parts.The variation in color, size and form of bicycle wheels, provides each Velo lamp with a unique aesthetic.

Materials & Equipment List

Product ComponentsRe- Used - Bike Wheel Hub Shell- Stainless Steel SpokesAdditional - E14 Filament Light bulb- SES Nickel light bulb holder - Light switch and wall plug- Textile lighting cordEquipment- Long + Round Nose Pliers- Flat + Cross Head Screwdriver- Metal Lathe Machine (26mm cutting bit)- Fine Wire Wool- EcoGlue (or any eco-friendly adhesive) - Clean Cloth- Steel Ruler- 2 x Adjustable Spanner- 1 x Scrap Plywood Sheet (10 x 10cm)

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Source 1 x disused Bicycle Wheel and remove tyre if needed.Remove the interior axel, turning  the 2 axel, screw nuts in opposite directions, using 2 x Adjustable Spanners.
Remove exterior, rubber wheel lining completely, using a scalpel blade to reach under. Spoke fixings are now exposed.
Remove all spokes; unfasten all spoke fixings using a flathead screwdriver. Twist the spoke fixings, using Pliers first, if they are hard to unfasten. Remove spokes from hub shell by hand.
Secure hub shell (pictured black) into a Metal Lathe machine; the unthreaded end of the hub shell should be exposed. Set the internal cutting diameter to 26mm.
Set the depth, at which the lathe will cut, to 15mm. Make sure cutting blade is sufficiently sharp before drilling. Slowly drill into hub shell.
Remove all dirt and oil from spokes and hub shell using a damp cloth/ baby wipes; leave to dry, then clear rust (if any) off using fine wire wool. Mark all spokes 60mm from threaded end.
Using round-nosed Pliers and a steel rule,  gently bend
Insert straight spokes into alternate holes in the hub shell. The unthreaded end will be pushed through first, diagonally, from the bottom set of holes, up through the top set of holes.
Insert bent spokes into alternate holes in the hub shell. The unthreaded end will be pushed through first, diagonally, from the top set of holes, down through the top set of holes. (See Image, Step 8)
Screw-on all spoke fixings onto spokes, until threaded end is covered. Apply a small amount of EcoGlue into the gaps between the holes and spokes.(3hrs Adhesive Drying Time)
Cut the 2 metre textile lighting cord into 2 x 1 metre lengths; connect cords to light switch and mains plug. Feed the unconnected end through the hollow hub shell.
Connect the SES light bulb holder to the lighting cord. Using a metal adhesive, join the bottom half of the holder to the hollow, interior hub shell (3hrs adhesive drying time). Screw in light bulb!
Velo lamp would be ideally placed on your desk, bedside table or on any open, flat surface in your home.Clean with soft, damp cloth.
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Tom Robinson

London

United Kingdom

A BA (Hons) Product Design student at NTU, UK. Currently on placement at Vitamin Living, London....

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