"Eyeball" desk lamp

by Logan Hendrickson November 13, 2011

"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.

Logan Hendrickson
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8 Responses

Laurie
Laurie

September 23, 2015

Thanks you so much for the response!!

I don’t know that much about steel tubing but my husband wanted to know if your are using ENT conduit tubing or schedule 40 steel carbon pipe. He said that welding galvanized or ENT is poisonous due to zinc fumes so he doesn’t want me trying to learn hown to weld with such pipes and the steel tubing’s wall thickness ( STD- schedule 40 ) is too hard to be bend.

Sorry if this is foreign language for you as it is for me but I would appreciate if you could help me out with this confusion. I tried asking lowes for some help but I wasn’t successful!!!!

THANKS AGAIN!!!! Look forward for an advice of an expert!

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Thank Laurie, I use 1/2" steel tubing for everything.

Laurie
Laurie

September 23, 2015

This looks great!!!! Congratulations!!

What type of steel tubing are you using? I would like to attempt doing one!!

Keep up the great work! And thanks in advance for any help that you can give me!

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Yeah, I make them out of steel bar and tubing!

Zero34
Zero34

September 23, 2015

So when you making more and throwing them onto Etsy? and if so, for how much?

Really like these, may want them as lights above/next/on our headboards.

sarah
sarah

September 23, 2015

do you also make the wall brackets yourself ?

jeannette
jeannette

September 23, 2015

love the patinated kind of hand ground moire silk finish, glad you didn’t paint it.
it.
is.
awesome.

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

I’m definetley not an expert, but I dont use conduit or plumbing pipe, I just use plain steel tubing. I’ve welded galvanized steel before, but it can give you a bit of a headache so I wouldn’t recommend it. Hope this helps!

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