Waterfall lamp
Posted by
karaelena
Springfield, VA 
Joined Oct 2, '15 

I’ve been wanting to make a lamp for a while, so I decided to go whole hog and make a multi material waterfall lamp.

The base was made with pg maple and the design was altered from a file I made to make the vent cover a while back. I made the grooves for the front plate using the darkest engrave feature. However, they ended up being too shallow, so I then sanded the grooves to make them deeper.

I’m going to have to figure out something to do with all these swirls!

The light fixture was bought at IKEA for around $6.

I made the “night sky” with black acrylic. Some of the stars were made into constellations, and the others were randomly distributed.

The “forest” was made with pg cherry. I found some conifer images online, converted them to black and white, and layered them up the wood pieces.

The waterfall was made with blue fluorescent acrylic from Inventables. The image was a few random water designs found online, stitched together, a starburst pattern created near the bottom of the waterfall, and then the entire thing rasterized. This was also before I found out about the wonders of gorilla tape for weeding. Really, REALLY wish I had known about that when I was finishing this project! :slight_smile:

The design actually started as a rectangle, I then traced an outline of the mountains, the waterfall, and the sky, and created shapes for each portion so that all the different materials would fit together. Then everything was made as described above. The final pieces were glued together using super glue.

Here is the final design unlit…

And lit.

You can see the stars more clearly depending on what color is being emitted at the time.

It turned out a little busier than I had wanted (I was going design crazy because I’m finally getting the hang of illustrator), but the waterfall effect works, so it’s a win!


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