Designer Holger Strøm started taking an interest in the rhombic polyhedrons in the early 1970s while he was employed by the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland.
As a packaging designer he used cardboard and paper for his experiments in search of the polygon best suited as an element for building lampshades.
Here is a simplistic illustration showing the concept of construction using just the one pattern interlocking pattern piece (a discussion of the lamp shade geometry is here).
Below are two photos of lamps made by people over at Craftster. I think these are very striking. There’s no reason you couldn’t make some yourself. I think they’d look good in oaktag. I’ve made smaller lights (rather like luminarias) out of that before and they came out very nice.
(Note: I want to make the star shape, but haven't found instructions yet for this one!)
From IQ LIGHT.com:
Source: IQ Light.com: http://www.iqlight.com/iqsorts.htm
Designer Lamps Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBjWzTGHHoo
DESIGNER CEILING LAMP SHADE
COLOR ------------- WHITE
MATERIAL----------TRANSLUCENT POLY CARBONATE PLASTIC
FEATURE----------- FLEXIBLE, UNBREAKABLE, DURABLE,
DESIGNER LAMP SHADES is fabulous for occasions like weddings and parties as it creates a unique and beautiful ambiance in any room or space.
LAMP SHADES will definitely make a
wonderful Christmas / Birthday / New Home-Owner
present and is also suitable for anyone who is up to a mind / Instead of using LAMPSHADES just as room / ceiling lightning's/ and light Pillar,
it could also be used as floor lamps, wall, .corner & ceiling mountings,
Shapes can be customized as per requirements and designs.
Let the lights reflect your mood. Choose the colors you feel.
Light up your party deck, dress up your shop, and romance your bedroom.
With our premium quality material you can bend and twist to your desire, be it round oval, diamond........at least many different shades.
Lamps are made of a white plastic - so just change the color globe for a completely different effect.
Facebook: IQ Designer Lamp Shades
How to make a Ball with 30 elements:
Where to buy: Here's one place: http://puzzlelamp.blogspot.com/, puzzlelamp (at) gmail.com
I want to buy sheets. I know it's available somewhere in Guatemala City, but I'm not sure where. USA?
These look like they are made out of paper: (Instructions in Spanish!)
Esfera de papel (Parte 1 de 5) = Sphere of paper (Part 1 of 5)
= We show the construction method of a sphere of paper from 30 equal pieces spread over five levels of 5, 5, 10, 5 and 5 pieces. More details on the construction on the
How to put the lamp inside: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: IQ Designer Lamp Shades on Facebook, under "Profile Pictures"Home Decor · Phagwara, email email@example.com
From Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231484.0
So, has everyone seen the IQ lightwww.iqlight.com? It's pretty awesome. BUT no self respecting craftster would pay $30 for 30 pieces of plastic, right? So I decided to make my own. I got a template from Readymade Magazine, but I modified it for two pieces on a page. You see, I just printed out the template on cardstock and cut out the shape!
Here's the template:
In order to cut out the little hooks, I used a hole punch so I didn't have to get into those tiny curves with my scissors. Made the work much easier!
My first lamp used 28 pieces:
And I'm not sure how many pieces are in my second lamp. I also am not sure how I made this!
I'm using 60w bulbs, and since the paper is not very close to the bulb I'm not really worried about fires. I'm using extension cords and added switches so that I can easily turn the lights on and off (my sockets are incredibly inconvenient).
This is a really neat project. It's amazing to see what you can make with just one shape. This would be fun to do with kids old enough to handle sharp scissors. Girl scouts maybe?