Mosaic Clay DIY Table Lamp
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Adding modern home decor pieces to your home will instantly add some style and spunk to any room. Table lamps are so unique these days but can be extremely costly. A cheaper option is to craft your own Mosaic Clay DIY Table Lamp. This lamp will fit on a coffee or bedside table, nightstand or a desk. Can you believe this lamp design is made of clay?
This DIY lighting piece looks extremely upscale and like you spent your whole life savings on it. No lamp is complete without a lampshade! Make a quick run to purchase any lampshade of your choice. Bada bing bada boom! You've just created an urban, designer knockoff lamp.
Want to add more lighting to your home? After creating this mosaic patterned lamp, try creating this: Stacked Wooden Lamp
Time to CompleteIn an evening
Primary TechniqueHome Decor
Project TypeMake a Project
- premo! Sculpey® Individual Bars
- premo! Sculpey® Accents Individual Bars
- Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
- Sculpey Acrylic Roller, 8"
- Base for Lamp
- Lamp Shade
- Electric Lamp Kit
- Acrylic Paints; Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold and/or Pearlescent White
- Craft knife
- Metal ruler
- Cutting surface
- Clear fast drying glue- gel formulation
- Paper towels
- Foam paint brush
DIY Project Instructions
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4” (6 mm) thickness.
For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Mix ¾ package of Denim with ½ package of Pearl, set aside. Mix ¾ package of Burnt Umber with ½ package of Pearl, set aside. Mix ¾ package of Rhino Gray with ½ package of Pearl, set aside. Roll each color to a medium thickness on the pasta machine.
Using the Sculpey Texture Sheets in Landscape-Choose your favorite patterns and imprint the different colors with different textures.
Bake each sheet according to the above directions and allow to cool completely. When cool, rub each sheet with a different color acrylic paint and use a damp paper towel to wipe off the excess from the surface.
Using the remaining ¼ packages of the above 3 colors plus ¼ package of Ecru, blend these colors into about 2 packages of Pearl. The result you want is a marbled look. Begin by blending the colors in small chunks and swirl them together. Form the mixed ball of clay into a loaf.
In order to create a fine grain of blended color which will imitate mother of pearl, shave slices of the blended color loaf, holding the clay blade parallel with the work surface.
Use the Clay Conditioning Machine on the number 5 setting to roll out an additional package of pearl into a sheet and place the slices on the surface to cover it. Use the Acrylic Roller to smooth the sheet down to a medium thickness. Bake this sheet according to the instructions above and allow to cool completely.
With the craft knife and a straight edge ruler, cut all the baked pieces into 5/8” squares.
If possible or necessary, cover the lamp base with a thin layer of Ecru clay for a base layer and bake. (Tip- The base shown was originally a store bought lamp base-We really liked the shape. In order to bake it, we removed all the electrical components, wires and plastic pieces to create a shell. We bought a lamp kit so we could make the shell back into a lamp when we completed the project)
Beginning at the top of the base, glue the square tiles in rows around the lamp. Tip-A small scissors may be useful to cut slight angles in the most angled rows.
Continue gluing consecutive rows around the lamp base in a mosaic pattern, mixing the solid color textured tiles with the marbled color tiles until the base is covered.
Once the base is completely covered in the clay tiles, reassemble the lamp using the lamp kit. Don’t forget the lamp shade.
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