Greetings! I finally completed a project I've been mulling over for a while, and am very pleased with the results. I'll try to remember to post updated pictures of all four lamps. The back-story, so to speak. I needed a wall sconce, one that aimed the light upwards (I hate downward lights other than over the table), and one that I could just plug in instead of having to do wires and switches, and I needed four of them, as I needed the symmetry in my geodesic home (and that in itself necessitated some other criteria). There was nothing in the stores or online that met my criteria, so I had to make my own lights. I made all four, and that's all there will ever be! I don't write tutes, but I'll try to give a rough idea as to what I did and what I used so as to inspire your imagination (because I went over this site a lot for inspiration).
Mostly Finished first wall:
Mostly Finished 2nd wall:
This is a pic of most of the materials I used:
And this is the sconce lit (with an 800 lumen LED bulb):
I have since hung live plants (in a hanging pot) on the four lights I made, which helps to hide the cord a little. I still want to try out my "twigs" idea-- using tree branches as a deco/cover-up. Let me know if you want to see how that looks, and I'll try to remember to get pics taken and posted.
Materials listed are basically x4, as I made four lights.
*DIY pendant plug-in light fixture (bought at hardware store)
*Plain linen lampshade (hardware store)
*Brushed bronze swirly metal shelf brackets (hardware store).
*Wood "boxes" (open and wider at the top, like a planter) for stabilizing the pendant lamp piece (purchased at craft store)
*Cork roll, to cover the wood (wouldn't have had to do this, but there were only four boxes and one was already painted orange, which is NOT in my color scheme); also hoping for some sound dampening effect, as living in a geodesic house is like constant surround sound-- not always a good thing!
*Tacky glue, to glue cork to wood
*Acrylic artist paint, to paint top portion of wood so it wouldn't stand out so much
*Bolts and nuts and washers, to attach wood box to bracket
*Screw anchors and screws, to mount brackets to walls
The only non-manual tool I used was my drill, to drill the holes into the wall and into the bottom of the boxes to accept the bold without splintering the wood. All the rest was just screwdriver, pliers (to hold nut tight enough). . . and I think that's it. Oh, artist brushes to apply the paint, scissors to cut the cork. . . .
I guess I'll have to post the "absolutely completed" pics later. I haven't decided if I'm going to decorate the lampshade (or how, if I do) or not, and I still want to find a way to "hide" the cord that runs from the lights to the outlet. That'll come later.
So there you go. I hope you've found inspiration!