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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Golf Ball Resin Lamp DIY

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I've been thinking about this project for a while.  Well, I've been thinking about the lamp project for a while and the golf ball version is one that I have been thinking about, in addition to probably at least three other versions....so stay tuned!  This was my first shot at it and I think I did okay!  If you are looking for the perfect gift for a golfer, I think this is it!  It's one of a kind and you can make it with love!



You will need:

-  Silicone loaf mold (see link below)
-  Resin - I used Envirotex Lite for this one - you can where it is sold internationally at www.eti-usa.com
-  48 Golf balls - 49 if you want to add one on top
-  Two 4"x4" wood plaques 
-  Quarter round trim
-  Lamp kit 
-  Lamp harp
-  Black lamp shade 
-  Black ribbon
-  Four dowel heads or beads 
-  Chunky green glitter
-  Cherry stain
-  8 small "L" brackets
-  Screws
-  Glue - I used a combo of E6000 and hot glue
-  Golf tees
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Triple Thick


Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon.  I added a couple of different lamp kits that might work too.






The absolute best way to see what I did is to check out the video tutorial!






Directions:
1.  Mix 7 ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  Mix in 1/4 cup of green glitter.  Mix well.
2.  Pour into the mold.  I poured from the middle of the mold because I didn't want any stray drips running down the sides.
3.  Take your golf balls and gently place them into the resin.
4.  You need to let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.  The full cure takes 72 hours, but after 12, I remove it and place it on a flat surface, with parchment paper underneath.  
5.  Repeat that step three times.
6.  While working on the sides, you can prep your caps.  The caps are actually wood plaques purchased from the craft store.  Take a brush or sponge brush and brush the stain onto the plaques.  Let it sit for a minute before wiping any excess off with a paper towel.  Go with the grain and then repeat with the backside.
7.  Find the center of the plaques - I show you an easy way in the video - and drill a hole in the corresponding size to your lamp kit.
8.  Take small "L" brackets and drill a pilot hole (just a predrilled hole) into the resin and screw on the brackets.  You need two to attach each side.  I attached two of the sides together.  You cannot attach all four together, so I did two and two.  
9.  Standing the two newly joined pieces together, on the plaque, you will start to see it come together.  Center them on the plaque and use some hot glue to attach them to the plaque.  You just need enough to secure the pieces, so when you flip them over, they will not shift.
10.  When the glue has cooled, flip them over and drill screws into the bottom of the plaque.  You want to be careful when doing this because you want to make sure you are actually driving it into a golf ball, but also that you are far enough back.  You don't want to accidentally have it come through the outside of your lamp.  The bottom should now be secure.  I added four screws total to the bottom.
11.  Follow the directions on your lamp kit to put it together and run the wire through.  Get it all properly placed.  
12.  Cut four quarter round trim pieces, to the length of your sides.  You want them to fit well into the corners and between the base plaque and the top plaque.
13.  With watered down red paint, paint the quarter round pieces and wipe off almost immediately.  We are going for a wash, not a solid color.  Allow to dry.
14.  Do the same with the dowel caps/heads and once dry, seal all of the dowel caps and the quarter round pieces with Triple Thick.  Allow to dry.
15.  Take a combination of E6000 and hot glue and glue the quarter round pieces into the corners and the other pieces onto the bottom, for feet.
16.  Add some golf tees for additional decoration.
17.  Glue a thin black ribbon onto the bottom plaque for an accent color.  
18.  Add the lamp shade.
19.  For a fun and easy finial (thing at the top of the lamp), drill a partial hole into a golf ball and screw it onto the top of the harp.


That's it!!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  

Mona


Here's another resin lamp I made:




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