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After I made my own geekiest lamp in all of geekdom a friend of mine (the very friend who lent me his Enterprise D blueprints) commissioned me to make him a table lamp with an Enterprise design. Took me ages to find a lamp I could customise and then ages again to actually decide which bit of the ship to put on it, but I really like what I ended up with, so maybe all that time was worth it! Here's how it turned out:

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The lamp is made of a white metal back and base, with a sort of plastic-backed fabric shade that curves around the base piece. It's perhaps 45cm tall and about 30cm wide. I half traced, half free handed the design onto the plastic back of the fabric piece with a black sharpie.

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I love how the saucer section curves off this side of the lamp:

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But I'm less happy with how the nacelle curves away on this side. It's the one thing I'd change if I were to do it again- I'd reposition the design so that the nacelle starts round on the front of the lamp.

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Some close ups!

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This isn't the greatest pic of this part but I'm rather proud of how the lettering came out - it was quite tricky doing letters backwards (cos I'm drawing everything on the "inside" of the lamp) but they look pretty neat. I actually used Neil's signature forging trick from White Collar and did all the lettering upside down so I wasn't thinking about the letters as letters but just as a pattern of lines I had to follow. That worked out quite nicely for me!

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The benefit of doing the design on the back of the shade was that the lamp is stealthily geeky - when it's switched off it just looks like a plain yellow lamp, which is, oddly, my favourite thing about it!

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Taking a picture with a flash when the lamp is on:

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And a pic of the lit lamp in a dark room!

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More pics of the lamp here.


Date: 2011-09-02 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooooh that is so cool! *covets*

Date: 2011-09-07 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That I seriously awesome. I would totally buy it if I saw it at a store!! ♥

Date: 2011-09-07 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Whoops. Didn't mean to reply but meant to comment *shakes fist at iPod*

Though I do agree what ya said :)

Date: 2011-09-12 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I'm working on an idea right now to sell some lamp shades in my etsy store, rather than trying to source lamps themselves and deal with different electrical standards for different countries and all that. Will update about it when it's more than just a plan!

Date: 2011-09-12 03:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-03 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
so cool and creative - love it!!!!!!!!

Date: 2011-09-12 03:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-07 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love lamp.


That turned out great!

Date: 2011-09-12 03:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-07 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is the best lamp EVER.

Date: 2011-09-12 03:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-07 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice work with the shape of the lamp. Cool idea with how to make the letters.

Date: 2011-09-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I was pretty proud of myself the day I worked out how I should do the lettering.

Date: 2011-09-08 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! Even as a non-nerd, I love this! The details are great!

Date: 2011-09-12 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Nice to know the nerdiness of it is not off-putting to the non-nerd types!

Date: 2011-09-08 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wow. i somehow missed the first one, which is excellent, and that one is as well! i love it!

Date: 2011-09-12 03:07 pm (UTC)


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