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"Eyeball" desk lamp

November 13, 2011 2 min read

"Eyeball" desk lamp

Roxy needed some lighting for her little study area that I put together for her downstairs, so I made this wall-mounted swiveling lamp. I've had the idea of using a steel sphere I bought at a metal supply shop for a lamp shade so this was a good opportunity to try it out. Cutting the hole in the sphere was a little tricky. I originally planned on using a hole saw but ended up actually tracing a circle and slicing it with a skillsaw. I then cleaned up and sanded the edges smooth. I've still got quite a bit of scrap pieces of steel tubing saved up so I cut and bent a piece about 24" long (standard desk depth) and welded it to a wall bracket. The swivel system is the same that I use for my "potence" lamps, only this lamp doesn't have a handle since it's meant to be a close-range desk lamp. The "eyeball" shade is a little heavy so I welded a small diagonal rod to brace it. I put an easy-to-reach toggle switch at the top of the lamp shade. I ordered a swivel fitting to attach the shade to the neck to allow the head to pivot in any direction. It just hasn't come in yet so I'm using a lamp nipple and nut for now, I know that sounds gross. I originally planned on painting it, but once I sanded the steel down I decided I liked the raw industrial look, so I just shot it with a few coats of clear enamel to protect the steel. It works pretty good for the area and it folds right up against the wall during the day when you don't need it. It gets the job done.

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