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    Lotus Lamp "Knappa" IKEA Lamp Hackby amcreatives on July 30, 2010

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    Lotus Lamp "Knappa" IKEA Lamp Hack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    Intro: Lotus Lamp "Knappa" IKEA Lamp Hack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    Step 1: Tools needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    Step 2: Sculpting the Base . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Step 3: Begin Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Step 4: Leaf! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Step 5: Petals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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    Intro: Lotus Lamp "Knappa" IKEA Lamp HackHey Everyone!This is my first Instructable, so be as constructively critical as possible :D

    I bought a Knappa Lamp in the most wonderful place in the world - the "as is" section in IKEA... for $10 :) (it's normally $30)I tried hanging it up in my apt several times, the ceiling is metal with that acoustic popcorn crap, and I tried everything from trying to drill into the metal, command strips,nails, staples, glue, duct tape, levitation, you name it...So instead of hanging it, why not make it stand up on its own? and upside down? Why Not?

    So the first step- make yourself a mojito.1/2 can sprite, 2 oz bacardi, ice, 1tsp sugar -12 mint leaves and 1/4 lime muddled together- its shaken, not stirred.Well, maybe its not a real step, but that's what I did :D

    Step 1: Tools neededSo here are the ingredients:

    1- Knappa Lamp from Ikea If you bought it from the as-is section, disassemble it, keep each row of "petals" together1- Wire Cutter/Needle Nose PlierSome Copper Tubing from salvage yard (unless you're like me and hoard copper for projects, then you have some already)Copper Wire at Various Widths, definitely need a thin varietyLight bulb (a colored one may be better)

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    Image Notes1. I took mine apart, so that I could clean it up.

    Image Notes

    Image Notes1. If your copper is starting to patina, don't worry, it will get worse- and add to theeffect :D

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    1. I forgot to take a pic of it before I made the stand

    Step 2: Sculpting the BaseThe base is made from the copper tubing, I think the one I had came from a fridge.Bend the metal tubing until you create a larger circle with 1/3 of it. Make it as flat as possible.The rest bend it to create a smaller circle and a straight stem, the circle needs to be smaller than the width as the plastic top (Now the base) where the cord meets thebulb holder.

    I threw in an extra loop for fun, totally optional. My measurements are not exact, I am an artist...

    Image Notes1. close up of smaller circle

    Image Notes1. This is the area the smaller circle needs to fit in

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    Step 3: Begin AssemblyThe photos may be the most help at this moment-Flip the copper tubing over, and place on top of the plastic frame of the light. The cord should go through the center. Use a thinner wire to wrap around the copper andthe plastic frame, so that the copper circle doesn't move. I did it around most of the spokes, to make sure it held.

    Once its all tied together, flip over and make sure its balanced. The cord is a little long, so I wrapped it around my base.

    Image Notes1. Use the thin wire to tie around the prongs2. keepin it natural

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    Image Notes1. a much neater tie

    Image Notes1. It is a little bouncy at this stage

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    Step 4: Leaf!Okay, so I know that this is NOT to scale, but it is what I had. I created a leaf out of two thicknesses of copper wire. This is very optional, and just for fun.One: Create leaf outline, leave a "stem" to wrap onto base later.Two: Bend up and down, look at photos to see whyThree: Twist and tie on 6-7 thinner wires at the "Stem"Four: Fan out wires, keep a curve to themFive: Take a wire, to the top of one of your bends (look at photo), and wrap it around, until it looks kinda like a vine, and you run out of wire.Six: Repeat for all 6-7, use scrap wire to fill in any gaps on the rim of wrapped wire (see photo)Seven: Tie to base

    Image Notes1. "Stem"2. Top of bend

    Image Notes1. thin wires that were twisted, and bent around the intersection2. Bend

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    Image Notes1. Beginning to look like a crazy doll head... Here you see I bent it all around. NowI will match the wires to the top of each bend2. the "Fan" out method I mentioned

    Image Notes1. Wire Wraps

    Image Notes1. These are almost done

    Image Notes1. Wrapped wire detail2. scrap wire used to fill in gaps

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    Image Notes1. FIN!

    Image Notes1. Tried to keep it neat

    Step 5: PetalsWhen I got to this point, I took the time to clean all the parts, which took a while. But it's almost done at this point.

    Now we have to arrange the petals. the smaller ones have a groove, that goes on the top- those pieces are last. Start at the bottom and push the petals onto the pegs ofthe frame and over-lapping (see photo). Each row has 5 petals, there are 8 rows.This seems daunting, but it goes quick.

    Once complete, plug it in and see your work of art! A colored light bulb is my next addition...Happy Instructing!

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    Image Notes1. Looking like pumpkin head here.2. Leaf and all its glory

    Image Notes1. First2. Second3. Third4. Fourth5. Fifth

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    Image Notes1. Looks like an experiment

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    Image Notes1. Top "Petal" with groove2. This is to show what it looks like when they are put on the pegs in order

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    Image Notes1. Done!

    Image Notes1. Enjoy!

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    Comments4 comments Add Comment

    blueangelcat says: Aug 13, 2010. 1:01 PM REPLYgood job! lots of great pictures,good descriptions too!

    amcreatives says: Aug 21, 2010. 10:11 PM REPLYThank you!!!

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    ItsSLEEster says: Aug 21, 2010. 8:55 PM REPLYThe first step should be the first step of every craft project!

    amcreatives says: Aug 21, 2010. 10:11 PM REPLYLOL agreed :)