Will o' the wispahedron


Textured Transluscent Plastic is a very curious material.  With a light behind it, the material seems to glow as a smoky monsoon of diffuse radiance.  A laser through it will diffract into chaos, but a laser through two layered sheets will instead spread into constellations.

But how to build a lamp of it?


Originally, I wanted to see if I could get the lamp to float, perhaps held aloft in a fan, or somehow using magnets.  Ultimately, the imperfections in construction made these plans impossible; a fan will not hold it up much better than it would hold up a cheesecloth.

That said, the construction is hours away from a semi-permanent home above my bed.

Behold, a 3-photo tour-de-force of its construction:


 Parts used:

  1. 1 yard of textured transluscent plastic
  2. Clear tape
  3. Garage lamp (deconstructed)
  4. Grate from a kitchen strainer
  5. Clamp to hold the lamp parts, and rest the strainer atop it

Ideas for improvement:
  1. Stronger tape and more precisely cut parts would help it keep its shape better
  2. A metal frame would give the object some solidity, though it would make fan-floating plans nearly impossible
  3. A helium balloon within it might still be capable of making the lamp weightless
  4. Rather than using a light bulb, a laser mounted to a small fan on the inside would create a really interesting strobe-like effect.  Unfortunately, there were issues with all fans I tested this idea on, but I'm sure it's possible.  Even better if you could get a laser rotating through multiple spatial dimensions.
  5. There are far more interesting 3-D geometric shapes one could build.
Can someone say "rhomboidodecahedron"?  Because I can't...

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