Rainbow Marble Desk Lamp

Rainbow Marble Desk Lamp

I´m a stone sculptor from Portugal and I work with wooden and metallic, however primarily with stone, as my nation has a wealthy custom of working with marble, granite and different kinds of stone.

As part of my day by day routine, I search the web looking for tutorials about marble carving by hand and with energy instruments, however there are only a few, and often directed extra towards structure than to sculpture. So I made a decision to enter this contest to point out that stone shouldn’t be boring and that it could possibly mirror the attractive colours of the rainbow, as if it died the bottom had been it land (the whole lot you see is often black, white or gray like in tombstones). Additionally, as a result of it will likely be the primary marble work tutorial on instructables. Gluing pebbles doesn´t depend as stone work and if you happen to search marble, nicely, the result’s marbles! Sufficient mentioned and let´s begin. This venture shouldn’t be very laborious, costly or messy as you’ll see. However its stone, so anticipate some resistance of the fabric. The key is to insist till the job is finished. We are going to attempt to make a marble desk lamp by piling up marble discs of assorted colours.

Right here´s what you´ll want:


  • An electrical drill
  • 1/eight” and half” drill bits
  • Diamond cup noticed with 2″ diameter for the drill. I selected a noticed with middle information to make the outlet for the wire.
  • Coloured scrap marble items. You will discover some on the highway or fields and close to building websites. You may also ask for samples on a vendor of building supplies or stones or somebody who works with stone for graveyards or fireplaces. I simply purchased three sq. toes of marble scrap in a retailer for 12 euros. They even let me select the items! Because the stones don´t appear very colourful when dry, I usually moist them to see what they’ll seem like when polished. That´s why I at all times carry a tiny water spray bottle wherever I’m going. A number of the stones weren´t straightforward to seek out, particularly purple and blue, on this case, bluish. I noticed some good Brazilian blue granite on one retailer, however I don´t assume granite would go nicely with the marbles and limestones I´m utilizing.
  • Components from an previous desk lamp I had round the home. It´s primarily a metallic plate with a half” gap within the middle for the bottom. half” diameter threaded lamp tube with some nuts to connect the bottom. I additionally purchased a black lampshade.
  • Electrical wiring parts: wire, swap, plug, bulb and socket
  • 1 tube of Araldite or different epoxy glue three sheets of moist sandpaper grits 100 300 600
  • Spray lacquer or any form of ground wax
  • A chunk of dense styrofoam to function a base for drilling
  • Water hose
  • Bucket with water
  • When it comes to security there´s actually not a lot to care about. For instance you don´t want a respirator masks as the whole lot is finished underneath water. Ear safety is advisable solely if you happen to´re going to make use of the drill in hammer place.

Step 1: Drilling

Put together your workspace. There ought to be a hose close by and possibly a drain to do away with the water and stone slurry, or you would simply dip the stone in a bucket with water sufficient to cowl the stone and drill it in there. Utilizing the second methodology the water will get muddy with stone mud and it will likely be more durable to see how the drilling course of goes.

Put the slab of stone on high of the styrofoam and the hose over the slab with water working. The water stream ought to be sufficient to wash the slurry generated by drilling, however not an excessive amount of, or it can splash round which isn’t very advisable as a result of water can get contained in the drill engine and trigger shock. The piece of styrofoam is used so the drills can come out on the underside with out a lot resistance. Begin by drilling a information gap with the 1/eight” drill bit in a spot of the slab that may accommodate the bigger 2″ gap we’ll make with the cup noticed. In case you use the hammer place on the drill keep in mind to show it off close to the tip to attenuate crumbling the stone an excessive amount of on the best way out.

Drill a bigger gap with the half” drill bit. Attempt to hold the drill perpendicular to the slab to make a straight gap.

Connect the cup noticed to the drill and insert the drill bit information on the outlet you made earlier than on the stone and begin drilling. Once more, it´s essential to attempt to hold the drill as straight as attainable so that you don´t warp the circles you´re making. In case you can drill with a drill information or stand it can prevent time later when leveling the floor. You need to use a chunk of wooden with a gap the identical diameter because the noticed to assist information it. I´m utilizing plastic baggage to guard my sneakers from the spilling water.

As you drill you´ll discover that some stones are a lot more durable than others, some crumble simply, others appear to take eternally to drill. Even in the identical piece of stone you´ll discover laborious and softer spots. Be affected person.

Step 2: Gluing (or Not)

I began to drill the 7 discs of stone. Then I piled them to determine the place the colours will go, it helps getting the stone moist on this step. I mounted the lamp base and begin inserting the marble discs within the tube the place the wire goes. I like to make use of epoxy glue to safe the discs of stone to the tube, however you’ll be able to depart them unglued to allow them to rotate. I often use a very good epoxy as I’ve had dangerous experiences prior to now with cheaper manufacturers.

As quickly because the epoxy has cured for 24 hours you can begin leveling the floor of the cylinder with coarse moist sand paper mounted on a chunk of wooden or rubber. In case you select to not glue the items you’ll have to sand them one after the other and they won’t line up so completely. If there are any items of stone protruding an excessive amount of, you’ll be able to knock them down with a rasp, the sort that´s used for wooden. This will even assist levelling the cilinder.

Step three: Sanding

In case you don´t need to begin the sanding course of by hand, you should purchase some sanding discs for the drill to start out sanding the marks of the cup noticed on the stone. Additionally flap sanding discs and a grinder will make the job go quicker, however until you have got some expertise working with stone you danger taking out an excessive amount of materials on softer zones. That´s why I favor to do it by hand.

As occurs with different supplies it’s best to begin moist sanding with a coarser grit like 80 or 100 after which use finer grit till you obtain the specified stage of sharpening. Normally if I need to make a close to mirror like end I’m going to 2500 grit, at all times in increments, so the finer grit will take away the scratches made by the coarser grit used earlier than. You can begin sanding dry after which transfer to moist sandpaper as a result of, not like wooden if you happen to don´t sand stone with water the scratches won’t ever go away. Additionally you could frequently rinse the stone with water whilst you sand so that you don´t get scratches from floating stone particles.

Every now and then dry the stone cylinder to verify for bumps, depressions and scratches.

Change sandpaper grit for a finer one as quickly because it begins slipping on the floor. Attempt to sand as evenly as you’ll be able to. if you happen to keep toomuch time in a single place you´ll begin creating flat planes. As quickly as you utilize the 500 grit paper the stone will begin to be very related in look when moist or dry. Once you attain an quantity of glossiness you´re proud of its time to use the ending.

Step four: Ending

My most well-liked methodology for ending a marble piece is sanding it until 2500 grit. The extent of glossiness attained is simply great and there´s virtually no have to seal it (relying on the kind of stone. Some should not polishable). As I often don´t wish to spend a lot time sanding (none of us do!) I’m going to 500 or 600 grit and cease there. Then I apply some form of pretend gloss or matte end, relying on the look i´m pursuing. Clear wax used on ceramic flooring work nicely, simply watch out as a result of a few of them have a yellow hue which is able to change the colour of the stone. The identical applies to lacquer. The clearer, the higher. You possibly can apply liquid wax with a brush or a chunk of fabric . I made a decision to depart the stone with all its pure cracks, holes and crystals.

Step 5: Remaining Meeting

Apart from gluing the stone disks to the tube I made a decision to additionally glue the stone cylinder to the lamp base to make it sturdier Then I simply related all electrical wiring and voilá! A rainbow marble desk lamp.



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