Craft How-to: Nylon-Wrapped Lamp
• Lamp (ours is 18" high)
• Rubber band
• Nail file or sandpaper
• Nylon rope (we used Lehigh 124-lb Twisted Nylon Rope, .97 for 100 ft.; )
• Rubber gloves
• Epoxy (we used Loctite Heavy Duty Epoxy, .57; )
• Disposable bowl
• Plastic spoon
• Duct tape
• Clear adhesive caulk (we used Loctite Polyseamseal Clear Latex, .99 for 10 oz; ) and 9" caulk gun
1.Bundle lamp cord with rubber band. On a newspaper-covered work surface, using the nail file or sandpaper, rough up two 1"-square areas on the back of the lamp—one at the base just above where the cord comes out, and one at the top, in the center.
2.Trim end of rope (don't bother uncoiling it); light match and sear end for 1–2 seconds to prevent fraying. (Searing any longer will char rope.)
3.Wearing rubber gloves and following package directions, mix epoxy in the bowl. Using the spoon, smear epoxy on roughed-up area at lamp base.
4.Place end of rope on epoxy. Stick a piece of duct tape over the rope to hold it in place until epoxy dries (about 20 minutes or as directed on package). Carefully remove tape.
5.Using caulk gun, apply a 1"-thick circle of caulk around the edge of the base. Rotating lamp as you go, wrap rope around lamp, pressing into caulk. Repeat until lamp is covered, making sure rows are tight. Cut rope at point where it meets remaining roughed-up area and sear end with match for 1–2 seconds.
6.Using spoon, smear epoxy on roughed-up area. Place end of rope on epoxy and tape as directed in step 4. Let dry; remove tape and rubber band.
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