Figuring out how to make the bases for my lamps was a key stage in the design process. I knew the bases needed to hold the lamp hardware, and I thought it would be ideal if they worked with readily available snap-in cord sets. This would make it easy to change the wiring from a pendant cord to a lamp cord. I also knew the bases needed to be made from a fairly dense material to add strength and stability. Finally, I wanted the lamp feet to leave room for the cord when the lamp is being used as a table lamp, but also be decorative when the lamp is hung “upside down” as a pendant.
After a lot of trial and error, here is the process I developed:
I generally make the bases in batches as shown in the pictures, but some lamps require a custom size base due to the pattern or size of the material. Making a custom mold is fairly simple, which has allowed me to experiment with different diameters. This flexibility is particularly important when I make special orders using a customer’s fabric.
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