We found some great geological maps at Second Use Building Materials. They have such interesting colors and patterns – they are cool enough to frame. Just for fun, we made one into a cylindrical table lamp.
The idea was to make a cylinder and slide it over an existing small table lamp – easy, with no wiring required. We used embroidery hoops on the top/bottom edges and eyelets on the back to hold the cylinder’s shape. We used the bottom eyelet to pass the cord through, enabling the bottom edge to sit flat.
It was relatively quick to make, this is how we did it:
- Determined size of map when rolled into cylinder and bought 2 6″ embroidery hoops and plastic sheeting used for quilt stencils (both at local fabric store, Pacific Fabrics).
- Spray-mounted (Super 77) the plastic sheeting and attached it to the back of the map.
- Trimmed the map/plastic to size.
- Attached the embroidery hoops.
- Securing the cylinder with a rubber band, marked the positioning for the 3 eyelets by poking a pin through the layers.
- Removed the hoops, hole punched the eyelet holes, using the pin holes a guide.
- Attached the hoops and set the eyelets. This was the hardest part because we were working with a cylinder. There probably is a better way, and if we make another one and figure out an easier method, we will share it with you. (or if you have ideas, let us know!)
- To thread the lamp cord through the eyelet, we had to remove the plug and the in-line switch and re-attach it them, so we ended up doing a tiny bit of wiring, but it was pretty quick.
- With a shade that is made with paper, it would be safest to use a bulb that is no larger than 40 watts.
See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.