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.
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.
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.
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!