IKEA items used:
– FLIMRA drinking glasses of different sizes
– SECOND cord sets
– LACK TV unit (for the white panel)
I started by drilling holes of about 8mm [5/16 inch] into the drinking glasses, this was the tricky part of the project and took me several months. You’ll find a lot of hints how to drill holes in glasses, for me after some trial and error I had success using a diamond drill and applying cellophane tape to the place where I drilled. Using a drill press instead of a handle drill greatly reduces difficulty. Make sure you buy some spare glasses in case you break some during the process.
From the LACK TV unit I only used the thin board, leaving me material for future hacks. (Credit for this idea goes to this hack.) I decided not to have the lamps hanging in one line as it makes things harder and any error visible, so drilling these holes was easy compared to drilling glass.
When I assembled my lamp, I cut some piece off the bulb socket in order to have the bulb not sticking too far out of the glass in the end. I used a couple of cable ties to reduce the pull forces that the glasses may execute to the cable in the end. When assembling, I made sure the holes in the board are on the upper side, as I could perfectly turn screw hooks in for hanging the lamp. I also used hot glue to fix the terminals to the board on the upper side in order to keep the cables as invisible as possible.
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