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Halogen Lamp made of galvanised wires and looking like funny robot
This was a nice project, I did not want to spend that amount of money for such lamp on the market (around 400€) so I tried to make it on my own. I think it costed me something like 70/80euros. I took about 90 pix of the whole projects. I used a third of the pictures in this tutorial. If anything is unclear, please let me know, I could update the steps and even add other pictures if required. Good luck. Enjoy the making.

Posted by florentcuret from Neuwied, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany • Published
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  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will find bellow all the pieces I purchased from a german online shop meinhausshop.de.
    I actually ordered the wires on visual and ended up ordering more pieces as actually strictly required. I did this on purpose in case something would have gone wrong. Let me provide you the full list:

    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.241 Reduzierstück d = 2''x1/2''
    2 8,66 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.240 Reduziermuffe d = 2''x1/2''
    2 11,08 EUR
    Rohrdoppelnippel, verzinkt 1/2", 30 mm AG/AG WG801
    10 3,59 EUR
    Rohrdoppelnippel, verzinkt 1/2", 50 mm AG/AG WG801
    4 2,31 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.90 Winkel I/I 90° d = 1/2''
    5 3,28 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.180 Kreuzstück IG d = 1/2''
    2 6,04 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.120 Winkel I/I 45° d = 1/2''
    1 2,10 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.130 T-Stück d = 1/2''
    2 1,70 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.300 Kappe d = 1/2''
    2 1,64 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.240 Reduziermuffe d = 3/4''x1/2''
    1 1,15 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.90R Winkel red. I/I 90° 1 1/2'' x 3/4''
    1 4,34 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.241 Reduzierstück d = 1 1/2''x1 1/4''
    1 1,65 EUR
    Rohrdoppelnippel, verzinkt 3/4", 30 mm AG/AG WG801
    1 0,47 EUR
    Tempergussfitting verzinkt Nr.240 Reduziermuffe d = 1 1/2''x1/2''
    1 4,02 EUR
    Rohrdoppelnippel, verzinkt 1/2", 40 mm AG/AG WG801
    4 2,15 EUR

    It costed me 60 euros with delivery (with extra pieces)

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 2
    Step 2

    I first mounted all the pieces together to get an idea where I was going.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 3
    Step 3

    You need a faucet handle too. This the one I got from world-of-heating.de I ordered 4 of them for other projects.

    Knebel-Oberteil 1/2" blank-sandgestrahlt (805001726)
    Lieferzeit: ca. 3-4 Werktage
    4 2,50 EUR 10,00 EUR

    + 6 euros delivery.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 4
    Step 4

    This faucet will be used to turn the light on and off. It is the first tricky part of the project. As we will used 12v halogen light, we will use the robot body as the ground. So one cable goes from the 220v/12v current transformer until one pin of the halogen light through the pipes. One other cable from the current transformer until here on the pix, and will need to make contact with the tip of the faucet, the current will go through the robot's body and finally a little cable from the robot's body to the other pin of the halogen light. Check the photos related to step 6 & 7 to picture this better.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 5
    Step 5

    I used a threaded shaft, some bold/nuts and some rings. You probably need a set of them to be able to adapt. As you can see 2 rings are bigger. I choose a diameter big enough so that they make contact with the tip of the faucet at half way through the wire. To keep the threaded shaft in the middle of the pipes I used pieces of plastic cork from a bottle of wine. I cut the cork in 3 equal pieces. You can see the cork on the photo related to step 6.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 6
    Step 6

    The blue cable goes through whereas the brown cable does not. This is what I meant previously, we will use the robot's body to further conduct the current.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 7
    Step 7

    bit of testing...

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 8
    Step 8

    Let's take car of the 2nd tricky part, the head of the robolamp. The ring is 40mm diameter where the hole is something like 8/10mm. The light is a G4 12V halogen light. You need a wire connector socket for G4 too. It costed me 6euros in a local shop.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 9
    Step 9

    You might need to make the edge of this peace flat(er)...

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 10
    Step 10

    ... as we will stick the ring on it.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 11
    Step 11

    But first we need to fix the wire connector socket. It might not be the best way to do it but at the time I thought it could help to hold it together this way. So I glued 2 little screws to hold the position and in a second time I glued as well the connector...

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 12
    Step 12

    ...to end up like this.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 13
    Step 13

    I taped the thread of this piece because I was afraid not being able to screw it if some glue stayed in the thread.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 14
    Step 14

    Then I glued that together.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 15
    Step 15

    Screw the whole with the curved galvanised wire end the head of robolamp is ready to welcome the halogen bubble light.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 16
    Step 16

    As I ordered the wrong parts for the foot, I had to saw the tits.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 17
    Step 17

    With the grindstone, I made them as flat as possible.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 18
    Step 18

    I made a hole in one foot and glued a ring for the electric power cable to go out.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 19
    Step 19

    ...and these are the foot finished.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 20
    Step 20

    Let's insert the cable and let's not forget the cable knot trick.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 21
    Step 21

    I thought first a white cable could be nice but I changed my mind because the current transformer box.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 22
    Step 22

    It is time to mount the blocks together.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 23
    Step 23

    Here the bottom part of the robolamp.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 24
    Step 24

    ...and here the toppart of the robolamp. For the arms, I used some stripes of kitchen roll to keep a smooth movement of the arms.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 25
    Step 25

    I ordered few 20mm x 2mm super magnet. It costs like 1,5 euros per piece.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 26
    Step 26

    ...and glue one magnet on each hands.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 27
    Step 27

    The current transformer I got was not so nice and the black plastic box I found was a bit to big too. But here is how it ends up with finally a black cable.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 28
    Step 28

    the last weldings...

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 29
    Step 29

    I finalised the foot.

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 30
    Step 30

    and that should be it :-)

  • How to make a decorative light. Iron Pipe Robot Desk Lamp - Step 31
    Step 31

    Now let's clean the mess...

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susie
susie · Glasgow, Scotland, GB · 154 projects
This is totally Robo-awesome! Happy
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Riya K.
Riya K. · Chandigarh, Chandigarh, IN · 87 projects
its sooo cool!!
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Nancy!
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
I loooove it! ^_^
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