Introduction: Batman Lamp

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Okay, I'm gonna show you how i managed to build a cool Batman lamp from nothing more then thin wall panels and old light bulb throat. Let's go!

Step 1: Cardboard

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This old piece of cardboard is gonna do good as a template for Batman sign, but you can cut pretty much any shape you want (I'm a huge nerd BTW).

Step 2: Measuring

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I weren't going into much details when i was making template (mold) i improvised and left measurements if any of you wanna use them. They're in centimeters (common here in Europe), also i wanna apologize for my poor English, it's not my native language.

Step 3: Cutting Your Template

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My wife jokingly said: Hey, forget the wood, just slap the light bulb onto cardboard and you got yourself a lamp in no time!

Don't do that.

Carefully cut the edges and fix any asymmetrical parts now because precise mold is essential for appearance.

Step 4: Transfering the Stamp / Mold Onto Wood Panels

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I didn't have one board wide enough for entire lamp to fit on, so i found 4 that fitted nicely one on another and outlined the mold onto them, avoiding the knots and bumps on the panels.

Step 5: Jigsawing the Bat- Sign

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Now, you don't wanna rush through this step because the vibrations from the jigsaw will make the thin panels to snap.

Step 6: Power Cords

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I can't stress enough how important it is to be careful when working with electricity. Never work with bare wires and cords when they're still in grid, insulate everything, test everything to make sure that cords work before installation. I found old lamp with neat button on/ off switch (picture 1), removed the metal parts and replaced the cord. On the pic 2 you can see how i wanna fixate the switch to lamp. And I'm using neon light bulbs because ordinary light bulbs tend to heat up and that's a major fire hazard.

Step 7: Glueing

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To strengthen the whole thing even more i added slats on the bats wings and tail, because that's the weakest part of construction and it will be used to turn lamp on and off (you'll see). Glued the whole thing and left it over night to dry.

Step 8: Paintjob and Measuring

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I had some black concrete paint laying around so I (and bu "I" i mean "my wife") painted the Batman. One coat of paint is sufficient if you spread it well enough. While the paint is drying I measured the distance between slats (where hanging hooks will come) and found a place on the wall where the lamp will be.

Step 9: Hanging the Lamp

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On the pic 1 you can see that i added a little gloss to Bat- signal using spray paint.

Pic 2 features hanging hooks and a lighter for scale. The lamp itself isn't very heavy (400- 500 gr) so they'll do just fine ( i hope).

Pic 3- method i used to hang the lamp. I left it hang loose so i can turn it on and off by lifting the Bat's tail off the wall.

Step 10: So, There You Have It.

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An easy DIY project for everyone, and an interesting piece of decoration in no time. Hope you enjoyed it, any comment is welcome. Greetings from Serbia.

Comments

Jimmyrolls (author)2016-05-03

Awesome

Technovation (author)2016-04-30

cool it look amazing herse how i made mine

https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Kickass-Batman-Lampshade/

YusufS14 (author)2016-04-15

love it

PrateekB5 made it! (author)2016-01-05

i made a much simpler one... Looks exactly the same

snoopaloop8 made it! (author)2015-12-30

Great design! I ended up making it with pallet boards and put some battery powered LED christmas lights on the back.

God of Wolves (author)2015-10-27

It can be made without wood also

i made it this way

i made it this way

God of Wolves (author)2015-10-27

It can be made without wood also

sallydaw (author)2015-08-30

I know someone who would love this.

universidadtolima (author)2015-07-15

hehe I love this freak tricks!

Thanh Sass (author)2015-04-24

batman is my superhero

sarahhanahghan (author)2015-04-01

Excellent looks professional

NamedJohnny made it! (author)2014-10-14

Thanks for the idea, I made mine wireless for design purpose.

what light source did you use? cheers

Hi, I use LED that I bought from ebay.

oh ideal! do you have the link?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/5PCS-X-9V-12V-DC-5MM-PR-WIRE-ULTRA-BRIGHT-WATER-CLEAR-W-WHITE-LEDS-8000-MCD-/361080225061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item54120efd25

davidpenhallurick (author)2014-11-06

great instructable. I used battery operated ultrabright led string lights to make mine! haven't wall mounted it yet though.

kstewart15 (author)2014-10-06

Not a fan of the batman beyond but I am a fan of Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson batman that Tim Burton did. All in all I give you props for this idea and The very good job that you did. I kinda mucked mine up but this is my tribute to both batman and the man who decided to make this before me.

tkleinauskas (author)2014-10-06

Cool, I like it!

brunaalves.silva.77 (author)2014-10-06

I want to make this!!! LOVED IT!!! <3

saiyanmonkey555 (author)2014-09-27

I love this

hrahmings (author)2014-09-26

That is fantastic! With your permission, I'm gonna make one for my Grandsons.

I think they're gonna go wild when they see it at night in their house.

Darren Krieger (author)2014-09-23

I like how the light makes an underglow, just make shure the paint is not flammible.

I forgot to mention, i glued aluminum foil on the back of the lamp to help dispense light better and prevent the wood from heating. I have touched it every 15 minutes the first time i built it (paranoid), but no problems. Everything is cool, literally.

fjanse (author)fabrika.carolija2014-09-26

Very good tip. Nice project !

ManCaveTutorials (author)2014-09-25

good job awesome

lcdc59 (author)2014-09-25

Way cool! There will beone in my future!!

Gamer Guy (author)2014-09-25

Holy Bat-Lamp Batman! I'm going Batty for it! That's awesome!

mschase2u (author)2014-09-25

I'm only being repetitive when I say this is frikkin awesome! I'm going to make it for my godsons room here at the house, he's gonna be a batman fan,, just like me :) <3

Ellexis (author)2014-09-25

Holy Bat Cave! That's a Bright Idea! I'm doing this one!

Eh Lie Us! (author)2014-09-25

Looks like he's flying at you from the sun.

Watch out!

rabbibillybob (author)2014-09-25

AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

cbranham (author)2014-09-24

I think I'm going to try to make this with a Taplight. No cord and low temp.

BulwellAcademy10-15 (author)2014-09-24

This is amazing!! Maybe you could do some more ideas? such as love hearts or a star?

cnjack (author)2014-09-23

So cool! I'll make one.Thanks for sharing.

bethehammer (author)2014-09-23

Nice!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-23

So awesome, only way to improve it would be if batman could appear when you lit up. I love the back lighting effect, very fitting. Thanks for sharing!

Tom Howbridge (author)2014-09-23

Nice

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