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slone2601
« on: January 12, 2006 10:02:30 AM »

Hello, I have been having the idea to make these lamps for ages, and I finally did it!
They are in my kitchen which has totally inadequate lighting. So I decided to hang them above my favorite red counter that used to be in a chemistry lab. One of the lamps needed 15' of cord and the other needed 25 feet. The shades are the two halves of a globe that I chopped up. I put switches on the wire, so they are bright and really easy to turn on and off. Total project cost was about $5... which paid for the cords, switches and plugs. I had the globe.

My problem is this... They hang a little lopsided, so I taped them with electrical tape (which I'm sure you can see), but I want another/better option. Any ideas? Also I would love any feedback.







and here's a picture where you can really see the problem with the electrical tape. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006 01:04:59 PM »

How about glueing metal nuts or something with a little weight on the inside of the globe? 
BTW... they look great!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006 01:15:06 PM »

Tjose are fab! I love anything globe or map related! Brilliant! What about plutting a largish washer on each side of the hole, and tightening screws around them for extra stability? Or sew a little tube of something nice and slide it over the cord to hide the tape.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006 01:20:09 PM »

How about glueing metal nuts or something with a little weight on the inside of the globe?

Or sew a little tube of something nice and slide it over the cord to hide the tape.


I love both those ideas. I think I will do a variation on both. Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006 06:55:39 AM »

love these. LOVE.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2006 07:21:44 AM »

May I ask how you seperated the globe without damaging it? I know they are usually in 2 pieces but I'm curious how you cracked it open? I feel like I'd end up smashing it or mangling the edges with any of the methods I can think of! Did the equator peel off somehow? Hmm...*ponders  global deconstruction*
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2006 08:14:33 AM »

I've never felt more power than when I was ripping the world apart!!! Grin No, the easiest part of the project was getting the globe apart. It is old.... I'm thinking late 80's... I was tipped off by the USSR and French parts of Africa. I used a brand new box cutter blade and slowly cut around the equator and it came right apart. It did tear a little on the inside, but I spray painted that silver so you can't really see it.

Thanks for your comments!
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2006 08:20:07 AM »

I've spent 2 days wondering where in my apartment I can put 2 hanging lamps!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2006 09:49:29 AM »


 I used a brand new box cutter blade and slowly cut around the equator and it came right apart.

How many times in life do you get to say that?! Wink Sounds like a line from a poem or something.

hee hee... love this project...
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2006 11:42:25 AM »

Now that is wicked.  I looooooooove them!!
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