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Aug 01, 2013

DIY Idea: Make String Covered Pendant Lights

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I'm inspired by the look of these pendant lights; a great way to add some color and a bit of rustic texture to your… read more

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Jan 14, 2013

Where DayGlo is Made: Take a Tour of the World's Most Colorful Factory

created at: 05/28/2013

Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.… read more

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Aug 08, 2012

A Lightbulb Version of Newton's Cradle

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Newton's cradle (otherwise known as that swinging, hanging ball thing that people put on their desks and kids play with at the novelty gift store at the mall) demonstrates Newton’s third law of motion - "when two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these forces are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction."… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

How to: 5 Tips for Getting Great Bokeh

If you don't know "bokeh" as a vocabulary word, you certainly know their effect: the attractive blurry, bubbley thing that happens to lights in photographs (and movies) with a shallow depth-of-field. In out-of-focus areas, each point of light takes on the shape of the aperture, most often a round disc. 

You can actually take advantage of this distortion, to produce these circles on purpose...which can look pretty… read more

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Jan 26, 2012

Eerily Beautiful Taxidermy Lamps

created at: 01/25/2012

That's right. The day has finally come…taxidermy meets interior lighting. Personally, I wouldn't be too keen on having a couple of dead squirrels hanging on the wall above my bed, but that's just me. Oh and just wait until you see the rat swarm lampread more

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Jan 04, 2012

Make DIY Long Exposure Light Paintings with LED Spray Paint

created at: 01/02/2012

Graffiti is fun and all, but spray paint can get messy. For those of you that have done long exposure light painting and have similar misgivings about the logistics of aerosol paints, then I've got just the thing for you: the Light Paint Can.… read more

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Sep 14, 2011

DIY with a Purpose: Making the World's Least Expensive "Light Bulb" from an Upcycled Plastic Bottle

created at: 09/14/2011

Every once and while, some brilliant soul comes up with such an clever solution to a problem, it's simplicity and perfection is awe inspiring. Things are commonly accessible, but not common sense. Coupled with the fact that this one improves the lives of third world persons and saves energy they don't have to spare, I think this might be my favorite DIY project of the… read more

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Aug 23, 2011

Day to Night Timelapse Stills of New York City

Photographer Stephen Wilkes has created a new way to photograph the passing of time. He's figured out a way to bypass the stringing together of single frames in an animation like sequence, and put everything into a singleread more

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Jul 06, 2011

Light Painting with a Roomba

Long exposure light painting photography will never cease to be amazing. From Picasso's early experiments with a flashlight to current artists making hand drawn animations with LEDs, combining actual spaces with impossible images is simply captivating.

And it doesn't just have to be hand drawn, either. There's an entire Flickr group dedicated to creating light paintings with Roomba vacuum… read more

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Jun 28, 2011

How To: Make a Reading Lamp from a Recycled Book

Steve Hoefer came up with this DIY, literal take on the book light. "Friends have regularly recommended books as being particularly illuminating, but I admit that after opening them I was as in the dark as ever. Since I’m not one to let a good metaphor go unmolested (and because design schools seem to constantly create designers who’s job it is to make ugly lamps) I made… read more

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Jun 08, 2011

Glowing Balls Of Light Created in Camera (No Photoshop!)

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Austrailian photographer Denis Smith uses a moving light source to create these long-exposure shots, inserting a glowing sculptural element into traditional landscape… read more

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make Geektastic Pendant Lights from Circuit Boards

If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.

That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my… read more

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Mar 25, 2011

How To: Make a $1 Japanese Lantern

Take a peek at the pendant lantern above. What would you guess the mere $1.00 in materials… read more

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Jan 18, 2011

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Lamp from Pipe Fittings

created at: 01/15/2011

Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Make a Moorish-Inspired Mathematical Lamp

created at: 01/07/2011

Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces

So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of… read more

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Dec 30, 2010

How To: Make a Coffee Can Lamp

created at: 12/30/2010

Clever. Light-providing. Upcycled. Handmade.

There's only one problem with this DIY pendant chandelier… read more

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Oct 05, 2010

IKEA Hack: How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

created at: 10/05/2010

Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around. 

IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel framesread more

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Aug 05, 2010

How To: Make a Fluorescent Floor Lamp

created at: 08/05/2010

Few things inspire me more than a modern design product constructed entirely out of easy-to-find parts from the local hardware store.

This standing floor lamp is a perfect example: off-the-rack worklights from the home center, arranged and installed with just a bit of effort, resulting in a huge… read more

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Jun 02, 2010

Welcome to Bicycle Month! How To: Make a Mini Bike Light

created at: 06/02/2010

Greetings, ManMakers! June 2010 is Bicycle Month on ManMadeDIY.com. We're passionate about two-wheeled transportation - both for its impact on the environment and your health, as well as the infinite number of bike crafts and hacks that one can do to totally take a DIY approach to cycling.

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One of the key aspects of cycing is safety, especially when sharing roads with other vehicles. So, to kick things off, here's a great mini bike light how-to that makes everything completely from scratch. This version is housed in a hose-to-faucet adapter, and uses three LEDS powered by triple-a batteries. A rocker switch is added to the back to control on/off… read more

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Apr 22, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy LED-Lit Sea Urchins

urchin - 28I know what you're saying: to make this work, you have to have access to dried sea urchins and know abit about LEDs.

Or, maybe its an excuse to GET some sea urchins (.95 a piece here) and learn that all you need to make an LED "Throwie"  is a two-pin diode and a battery.

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"Last week we came across these tiny sea urchin shells at a beach shop, thin and light as eggshells. What to do with them? Light them up with LEDs, of course! We've seen sea urchin lamps before, but they've always been made with large (i.e., sturdy) and colorful ones. In contrast, these tiny ones might be better to hang around christmas lights like little paper lanterns. Just a throwie sans magnet (Urchie?), tucked into the shell. Each one has a hole in the bottom large enough to fit a pretty good size LED, although not necessarily the battery… read more

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