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Smirnoff Split Lamp

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Thomas Wright
Smirnoff Split Lamp

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

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Lighting

Waste Materials

Spirit Bottles

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A Smirnoff Lime bottle split into two parts to create an attractive desk lamp themed with the label colour, lime. It could equally be created with different branded bottles and the same process applied. The wood used for the base should be reclaimed or used from offcuts where possible and the finish (Painted / varnished...) depends upon the types of wood available.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials:Glass Spirit Bottle, Electrical TapeM8 Threaded Rod, Jubilee Clip, 3mm Aluminum Sheet, 12mm Aluminum Rod, Welding Rod, Brazing Rod, M8 Nut, MDF offcuts, Spray Glue, Craft Felt, Resin, Bulb Holder, Plug, Fabric Electrical Cable, Spray Paint. Equipment: Goggles/Eye Protection, Diamond Glass Cutter, Diamond Sanding Pads, Wet and Dry Paper, Craft Knife, Sand Blasting Machine, Hacksaw, Mig Welder,Welding Visor, Metal Lathe, Jet Cutter, Brazing Machine, Spanners, Wood Lathe, Scissors...

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Choose the bottle that you want to use and cut it in half about a quarter of the way up using a glass cutting machine. If you do not have access to one of these then get in contact with a local glass company who may well be willing to do it for you for a small fee.
After it has been cut it needs to be sanded smooth at the cut edges using a diamond sanding pad and wet and dry paper. The label area needs to be taped over using electrical tape to prepare for sand blasting. The tape can be cut to shape with a craft knife.
Both parts of the bottle need to have any excess labels removed and they then need to be sand blasted. If you do not have access to a sandblasting machine then get in touch with a local glazier who may be happy to help.
A section of threaded rod then needs to be cut to length using a hacksaw, this will be used for the main vertical pole. A jubilee clip a suitable size for the neck of the bottle then needs to be welded to the threaded rod. When welding ensure you use a visor to protect your eyes. If you are unsure / do not have the correct equipment always consult / use a metal work professional.
A metal disk was cut to fit the base of the bottle. It was cut using a jet cutter, however If you do not have access to one of these then a disk can easily be turned on a metal lathe like the nut was for the threaded rod to fit into.
Due to the type of metals used for the nut which was turned and the metal disk, they had to be brazed together.
The entirety of the metal parts need to be cleaned up, then the threaded rod inserted and the two nuts tightened against each other.
The wooden base was turned for the bottom of the glass bottle to fit into. This needs to be of a large size in order to keep the lamp stable. An off cut of MDF was used for this.
A neck then needs to be turned out of some 25mm dowel. This was turned with a 25mm shoulder and a 19mm shaft to fit into the top of the bottle. A hole was then drilled for the electrical cable to run through the middle of it.
The base then needs to be sealed and painted to compliment the colour scheme. A sheet of felt then needs to be spray glued to the bottom of the base and then cut to shape using scissors.
After this the metal disk / main pole needs to be stuck into the base of the bottle using epoxy resin, ensuring it is square while it cures. It may need to be
The bulb holder needs to be cut to shape to accept the shaft of the turned neck. The bulb holder can be purchased from all good DIY stores.
The bottle shade needs to be tightened into place using a flat headed screwdriver in the jubilee clip. The wooden neck and bulb holder need to be glued into place and  the bulb holder and plug wired. If you are in any doubt please get your wiring checked by a qualified electrician before testing.
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Thomas Wright

Nottingham

United Kingdom

Level 2 Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University....

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