Here’s a hack from the past.
I initiated this jar-lamp more than 3 years ago but got distracted by other projects and abandoned it.
Basically, I’m taking an ikea glass jar, stuffing it with some electronics, and turning it into a bed-side lamp.
We’re going to need:
- Ikea Glass Jar 1.50€
- Flip Switch 0.40€
- 3800mAh Battery for Nintendo Wii Balance Board 4€
- Female & male Power plugs 0.80€
- Retractable USB nokia cable 1.1€
- AC to DC 5V USB charger 1.1€
- 25x White LEDs 0.8€
The first step is to frost the glass. This way the light will spread evenly without blinding spots and will keep all the unsightly electronics out of sight.
This was the hardest part. I read somewhere that you can get frosting spray, but couldn’t find it anywhere, so I started grinding the inside of the jar with my dremel and a grinding bit. It took a lot of hours, and wasted 3 stone bits.
The results however were very satisfying.
Ever opened-up a faulty hard-disk to see what’s inside? It looks pretty cool, and you can get some very strong neodymium magnets out of it. SWAG!
Another cool usage is to display the opened hard-disk on your wall or desk, as art.
Ikea comes to the rescue. Did you know that you can fit a 3.5″ hard disk in a Ribba 15cm x 20cm? Me neither. Also, you can fit two of the small-factor hard disks in the Ribba 12cm x 17cm
You can use two-sided tape to hold them in place, or use the mounting screws like I did. You then fix the back to the frame with some black electrical tape.
I was looking to buy one of those things that cats climb on and chill or play with. (AKA cat perch, cat condo, cat tree, cat furniture)
I had no idea how much they cost! Turns out you can pay up to 250€ depending on the model.
It’s crazy, considering it’s nothing more than wood and carpet. I decided to build my own.
I didn’t do any planning, just looked at some popular models, took some mental pictures, and went to a home depot store to buy all the needed materials.
The wooden panels and beams were offcuts and cheap as chips. I also bought a small sized carpet for 8 euros. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any carpet offcuts to reduce the cost even further. I chose black color to match my cat gata…
I’ve done this a while a go but didn’t bother uploading it.
Modded a Jack Daniels bottle into a bedside lamp.
Basically you take a battery holder and some LEDs and slam them together with some soldering and hot glue.
I used 4 blue LEDs. You can use less if you want the battery to last longer. The only downside of the design is that there isn’t any space for a switch so you have to remove the battery in order to switch it off.
I hid the battery under a zero coke cap. It looks unnaturally taller but it’s better than showing the electronics.
It looks amazing with the lights off. Plus the light leaks through the white lettering and adds to the effect.
Many thanks to my good friend Juan for all the nice pics.