Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Today we have designer MylĂ©ne Hillam sharing a Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Castin’Craft® Transparent Dyes: Blue and Green
  • Silicone mini loaf pan with 1 5/8” x 3 ¼” cavities (or square mold)
  • 341 6mm silver jump rings
  • 12” high cylinder lamp shade frame – 6” diameter
  • Design Master Super Silver spray paint
  • 1oz mixing cups
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Gloves
  • Drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Stanley knife
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Lamp kit suitable for and LED light bulb
  • LED light bulb

Wear gloves whilst working with uncured resin.

Spray the frame inside and out with silver spray paint and set it aside  to dry.

Measure out ½ oz each of Parts A and B of EasyCast and mix according to the package instructions.

Add 8 drops of blue dye and stir until the color is evenly mixed.

Pour 1/3 oz of mixed resin into each of three cavities of the mold.  Mix another batch of resin and color it with 11 drops of green dye.  Pour equally into the three remaining cavities.  Set the resin aside to cure.  Demold the rectangles.

Repeat steps 1-3 to cast five more sets of blue and four more sets of green rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two equal squares. All up you will need 36 blue squares (18 rectangles) and 30 green squares (15 rectangles).  

 Measure 3/32” in from each corner of the squares and place a mark.  Drill a hole at each of the marks.  Insert a jump ring into each hole and close it.

Place two green and two blue squares together to form a square so that the colors alternate.  Insert a jump ring through all four jump rings and close it.  Make two more sets of four squares.  

Connect the three sets of four together to form a column.  Create four more columns in the same way. Create one column of blue squares only. Connect all the columns together where the corners of the squares meet. Leave the top and bottom rows free. These will be connected in later steps. Attach the blue column to the end.  Connect each square in the top row to the square next to it with a jump ring.

Hook a jump ring around the top wire of the lamp shade frame and hook on the jump rings that connect the top row of squares together.  Connect the jump rings of the first and last columns together to complete the cylinder. Connect the squares along the bottom row together by opening one jump ring and hooking it through the jump ring next to it.

 Screw lamp kit into the lamp shade frame and insert the bulb.  Enjoy!

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