For my upcycle project I created a lamp with a spiral cardboard base and a floral, coffee filter lampshade. The base was made of a repeating shape that spiraled upward. Each piece was glued together with tacky glue. Shown below the individual pieces are shown and also in-progress pictures of the base being glued together. The base is inspired by a Facebook ‘Do It Yourself’video by Ben Uyeda. In the video Ben Uyeda makes a spiral staircase out of repeating wood pieces. You can view the video at Ben Uyedas Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/benjaminuyeda/?hl=en. The spiral ended up being painted with a brown metallic color with hints of red.
The lampshade was made out of an old lampshade I had lying around my house that does not go with any other lamp I currently have, shown below. On the lamp shade I glued on rows of coffee filters.The coffee filters gave the lampshade a very floral aesthetic. I love floral aesthetics. I have personally been drawn to very effeminate, delicate aesthetics. The coffee filters gave this exact aesthetic. Below in progress photos of the coffee filters being added to the lampshade are shown. The very last aspect added the lampshade was red dyed coffee filters. The red coffee filters were dipped in pomegranate juice.
An example of the floral aesthetic that inspired the lampshade is shown below. The photo was taken by Hane at Pixdaus.com. Here is a link to Hane and his work: http://pixdaus.com/hane/user/profile/67182/ .
The finished product ended up being very beautiful. I love the lampshade and how the light comes through it. Images of the finished lamp are shown below. Unfortunately, it is not a functional lamp. My original plan was to take apart an old lamp base that was broken and to take out the electronic parts for my lamp. This did not work out. Due to this I was not able to make it into a functional lamp. The lamp is definitely design over function. Another problem I ran into was that the base is very fragile. If I was to redo the project I would stabilize the base with a thin piece of wood through the middle. Overall, my roadblocks in the project led a to a trial and error based design process, with a product I absolutely love.
A video of me presenting the product and design process is shown in the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBgxK5DWy_E&feature=youtu.be