I had this older light fixture in a stair case at home and have been wanting to replace it for a while now. Besides it having some wiring issues I wasn't a big fan of the shiny brass so I figured this would be a fun project to create something new using a prebuilt light fixture.
Here's a brief run down of how it turned out...
Ikea has a light fixture called Gyllen. The front panels are sold separately, come in many different designs and are made of a glass about 6mm thick. This swappable front panel made it a good starting point for my project.
There are two sizes, one with four bulbs (shown above) and a smaller one with two bulbs. You should be able to make a faceplate for the smaller version without having to break the panels into multiple pieces as I had to do.
I started by measuring the ikea light fixture I purchased and mocked it up 1:1 in Illustrator. I modified it slightly by tossing out the long set of brackets and instead used a pair of the shorter brackets at the bottom and one set for the sides. This allowed for a smaller panel without it looking uncentered vertically. I did end up having to drill new hole to mount the side ones.
I settled on a Japanese fan pattern for the face. Part of my decision was wanting a pattern that didn't have internal shapes that would simply fall out; this pattern fit the bill perfectly.
3mm Bamboo Amber P3 Sheet. I set it up so there wasn't any small parts of bamboo I had to glue back on. This took a more time but saved me alot of headache on the assembly.
3mm White Acrylic P3 Sheet. I made sure the seam was always behind bamboo so it would stay hidden.
Bamboo was cleaned and mineral oil applied to the face.
I used a gel type super glue and glued the acrylic and bamboo pieces together seperately then...
-placed glue on the outside border of the bamboo, carefully positioned it on the backer acrylic. -covered the face with wax paper (so no glue would get onto the books) -placed the heaviest books I could find on top. -let sit overnight on a flat/hard surface.
The light fixture hardwired and mounted on the wall.
Installing the light fixture itself went fairly smoothly. As the actual fixture is the plug in type I had to hardwire into the existing wiring.
The faceplate slides down from the top and rests in the bottom brackets. When you have to change a bulb you just slide the panel up and off.
Turned on you can't see any seams; no light makes it through the joints in either the bamboo or the acrylic.