DIY: Upcycled lamp lady

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At the thrift store I found a handmade ceramic lamp base in a Scandinavian style and I have been looking for a while for a wooden top part to complement it. But when I found a lamp in oak with a rounded bottom another idea popped up, for something more playful!

This is what I started with. The base, the lamp and a Bakelite fitting.

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I disassembled the wooden lamp entirely and cut off the parts I didn't need. Then I used a belt sander to shape it so it would fit the ceramic base. 

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The fun part! With a scalpel I cut the eyes and little mouth, the center of the eyes were drilled out. I used the natural grain of the wood as a guide of where to put them. Painting the eyes and mouth on would also be an option when you prefer something easier.

After sanding it down with fine sand paper I stained and oiled it.  

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After the reassembling with the new fitting I added more detail by colouring the eyes and used some leftover beads for a necklace. Over the fitting went a couple of my vintage napkin holders, they look a bit like a crown now, don't they?

With a pretty light bulb -the only part I bought new- there was no more need for a lampshade.

She makes me think of a Nubian princess!

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Lights off.. 

Lights off.. 

And lights on!  

And lights on!  

That pot on the left is actually a stack of thrifted bangles over a glass. ;) 

That pot on the left is actually a stack of thrifted bangles over a glass. ;) 

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