Use an Ostrich Egg to Create a Unique and Beautiful Lamp

Use an Ostrich Egg to Create a Unique and Beautiful Lamp

Joelle Alcaidinho
Mar 23, 2010

We love checking out the trove of awesome projects from ReadyMade. Some of our favorite lamp projects, like the Coffee Can Lamp have come from their archives. This lamp designed by Matt Austin was created from a humble ostrich egg.

Matt Austin, a muralist who has recently debuted a full line of furniture, lighting, and toys, has provided the instructions for how to make this ostrich egg lamp.

In addition to the ostrich egg, to create this lamp you will also need, a fabric-covered electrical cord, a porcelain hanging lightbulb socket, a 1.5 -inch-diameter brass vase cap, a black shrink-wrap tube, a 1-inch length of 1⁄4-inch hollow threaded rod, two 1⁄4 -inch knurled nuts, one 1⁄4 -inch decorative nut, an electrical plug, and a small round 40-watt light bulb (we recommend switching out to a LED bulb for better efficiency).

The tools you need to complete this project are a pencil, tape measure, fine-grit sandpaper, drill, 1⁄4-inch brick or ceramic drill bit, scissors, Dremel rotary tool, and a heat gun.

We love the simple organic look of this lamp and think that if you have the right tools handy it makes for a great DIY project.

For the complete instructions, check out Ostrich Egg Lamp. If you prefer to not go the DIY route, you can purchase one of Austin's ostrich egg lamps for $425.

[Images Bryan McCay]

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