Lamp "Night City"

Lamp "Night City" using String Art technique. String Art (or “ sinking ”) is a direction in needlework, which is based on nails and threads. String - from English it is translated as a string or a rope, that is, String Art can be translated from English as "the art of thread, string."

This is a very unusual and beautiful art object that will decorate your interior. It is both a picture and a lamp. And for its manufacture does not require large costs for materials.

So, we need:

  • Threads for knitting 2 colors or floss.

  • Nails (absolutely any).

  • The board, the dimensions of which will be the dimensions of the future lamp (the thickness of the board should be about 15mm or more).

  • Hot melt adhesive.

  • Aerosol black enamel.

  • A garland with small LEDs that runs on batteries. The garland should not be very long (less than two meters).

    We begin to manufacture.

    STEP 1.

    First you need to prepare a board for work. We cut it to the size of the future lamp, process it with a file and sandpaper. And then we paint it from all sides in black (you can in several layers).

    STEP 2.

    While the board dries, select the drawing of the city. To do this, simply drive into any search engine: "CITY SILHOUETTE". We find a suitable image and print it in the size we need.

    STEP 3.

    In the picture of the city along the contour we mark the places in which nails will then be hammered. The distance between serifs should be approximately the same and not very small (from 1 cm).

    STEP 4.

    When the board is completely dry, use tape or tape to attach the picture to the board.

    Now in the places that you marked in the figure, you can hammer in nails. But you can do a little trick, which later makes it easier for you to hammer nails into the board. To do this, you need a drill whose diameter will be less than the diameter of the nail. Now we drill the places that were marked in the figure with this drill to the depth to which you wanted to hammer nails (this is necessary so that the nails hammer into the board more easily and do not bend). Next, hammer nails into the drilled holes. The depth to which you will drive the nails, decide for yourself. Personally, I left the nails sticking out at a distance of 15 mm from the board. And so that all the nails are on the same level, it is necessary to cut out a strip of cardboard, the height of which will be the height at which the caps of the nails will be relative to the board. And now, when you hammer in nails, you can check with this strip of cardboard. But first, carefully separate the piece of paper with the picture from the board. As soon as the nails along the contour of the drawing are clogged, it will be necessary to hammer the nails in the same way on the sides and on top of the board so that the contour becomes closed.

    STEP 5.

    Now we begin to fill the contour with threads. First we take the threads of the color that will be the main one. We fix the end of the thread with hot glue under the hat of any nail. Next, we go along this contour with this color to mark the borders and not get out behind them.

    STEP 6.

    After we have marked the borders, we begin in a chaotic manner to move from one nail to another, filling in this way the entire contour. When you find that the contour is sufficiently filled, carefully cut the thread and fasten its end with hot-melt adhesive at the nearest nail. To make the outline more clear, we take the threads of a different color and pass them only along the outline.

    STEP 7.

    Now we take the garland. As I said, it should not be very long. And carefully push it inside the circuit so that the LEDs are not very close to each other. And the switch can be attached using hot melt adhesive on the side or back of the board. Now, thanks to the LEDs, in the dark they will resemble stars in the night sky.

    That's all. The craft is ready.

    You can place it on a cabinet or on your desktop. And although this craft does poorly with the task of the lamp, but it looks very impressive in the dark.