I found a photo online of a fire lookout that was contrasted nicely against a plain blue sky. Then I used Illustrator to convert it into a vector image. Spent some time weeding out the ‘islands’ and the super-narrow parts until I arrived at the finished product, then lased it out of thin plywood.
Usually when making lamps, I put the diffusion material on the inside. However, because of the thin, delicate strands of wood holding up the tower, I decided to put diffused plastic on the outside of the lamp to act as a protective ‘shell’.
Like almost all lamps I make, this is outfitted with the guts from a cheap Ikea glass lamp, and a CFL bulb.
Even though I used thin plywood and it’s up against the plastic, the silhouette is thick enough that it casts a weird ‘halo’ shadow when the lamp is lit. I also cut my brother’s name out in the back so that it would project on the wall behind the lamp, but that part doesn’t work. It just lights up the wall behind the lamp.