Lamps from scratch

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Here's an interesting question. I have two miniature vases for a dollhouse and would like to convert them into wee table lamps. Has anyone ever done this? What would be the best way to proceed?

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I did this but used kits from MiniEtchers. A half-scale example is below (more in my Gallery). Depending on what your mini vases are made of, you could make a hole in the bottom to thread through LED lights like mine. Mine are then plugged into a coin battery (hidden) with a little switch. The LED lights/switches/battery all come from Evan Designs.

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Janet, where did you get your 1:24 dining table & chairs?  And are all the chairs carvers, or are there side chairs, too?

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Not Janet, but I know the answer.  They are the Eastlake dining table and chair kits from Mini-Etchers:  https://www.minietchers.com/store/c17/1%3A24_Scale_Eastlake_Furniture.html.  The chairs are available in both an armchair and side chair style.  (You have to click on the armchair and then the drop-down, at which point you can see select either version.)

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Holly, they were from MiniEtchers as well. I love her Eastlake collection. There were both 1:24 arm chair and side chairs: https://www.minietchers.com/store/p94/Eastlake_Dining_Arm_Chair.html

Cynthia, if you want 3D printed lamp shades/harps to go with your vases, I am pretty sure that Shellie at Minietchers can custom print you some. My lamps from her have both round and square shade styles. Just email her from her website.

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Thanks for the link, Janet and Deborah.

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Those would make beautiful lamps...as long as they aren't too expensive, see if you can drill a small hole for wires in the bottom (assuming you want them to light up). Not sure what type of drill would work for ceramics. I'd be worried that a Dremel would break it. You might also be able to just glue/hide the wire against the back of the vases instead of drilling holes. If you want to paint/decorate, I would use enamel paints for longevity. Very fine colored lace glued on or sticker/decals can also be a pretty look. True2Scale has some pretty decals that might work well: https://www.true2scale.com/decals/

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1 hour ago, biomom said:

Not sure what type of drill would work for ceramics. I'd be worried that a Dremel would break it.

Dremel diamond drill bits

There's an outside chance that it might crack the vase, but if you use gently pressure and let the drill do the work, it ought to be fine.

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I would also clamp the piece in a bench vise and put the Dremel in a drill press.  I've had success using a narrow strip of masking tape as a drill stop to keep from going through too many layers.

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