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Origami Light

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Final result,

Final result,

It is my main light, and tough it is a bit subdued, it is more than enough to light the room properly. I’m quite happy with the result !
First of all, you need to fold some paper, big sheets, there are some tuto on the web, it is pretty easy.

First of all, you need to fold some paper, big sheets, there are some tuto on the web, it is pretty easy.

I used 65*50cm x 4 sheets.
The tip is to used a needle to pre fold the sheets, make the work really easy and more precise.

The tip is to used a needle to pre fold the sheets, make the work really easy and more precise.

Then I used a punch hole.
4 sheets all done

4 sheets all done

A bit of scotch tape to put sheets toghether

A bit of scotch tape to put sheets toghether

Then a ribbon/string to tie final structur

Then a ribbon/string to tie final structur

And there it is

And there it is

Test with light, looks great !

Test with light, looks great !

Then it was time for the lamp base.

Then it was time for the lamp base.

I found an old piece of wood, and cut it round.
Line for notches

Line for notches

Done

Done

All in all I didn’t do a terrific job regarding precision, but I though I wasn’t doing a rocket or anything, so it would work, and it did
Feets, before and after cutting/sending, made from old battens

Feets, before and after cutting/sending, made from old battens

I love sanding !
Notches for the feet angle

Notches for the feet angle

I played a bit with tangent, to calculate right angle.
Base lamp done !

Base lamp done !

Lampshade frame done

Lampshade frame done

I look in shops and online to buy a frame, and I couldn’t figure why it was so expensive.. I was having non of it, and make my own. I used MDF pannel to cut my circle (I mesured my paper ball inside diameter).
And a 2m wooden rod, cut in 3.

And a 2m wooden rod, cut in 3.

It holds toghether with 3 nails
I put the lampholder in place, with a long threaded shaft, so the light buble will be in the middle of the ball.

I put the lampholder in place, with a long threaded shaft, so the light buble will be in the middle of the ball.

Lampshade frame in place.

Lampshade frame in place.

I built a small wooden round that holds on the threaded shaft with 2 nut, that allowed to ajust height of the frame.
And final result.

And final result.

It was tricky to put the paper ball in place, I had to remove bottom string that tighten the ball to let it pass the lampshade frame, then put a new string on and tighten it when it was in place. Then I opened a bit the top, to make it look like a flower.
And finally in place

And finally in place

You can see it is a bit shaddy, I put it in place so it would lean toward the room (actually it is cool like that), it was my first one and prototype, next ones will be better !
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