I wanted to make a last minute entry to the Home Depot Lamps and lighting contest and was trying to think of something feasible.
So I was sitting in my room thinking of all the different lamps and lights I could make in a short amount of time. I look up and I see my Drawing figure I found for a dollar at Goodwill and a light bulb goes off in my head. A Bright Idea Lamp Man. So I scrounged up some things and made one.
Here's how I went about it.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Some thin wire. (I used some strands from cat5)
- Small light bulb ( mine was a 4.5V 0.5A)
- Small switch
- 4.5v AC adapter and jack (took mine from a Motorola phone.)
- Drawing Mannequin ( mine was about 12 inches)
- Solder iron
- Two part epoxy
- Drill bits
- Third hand helps
- I used a small chisel as well
Step 2: Power Jack
I took apart an old cell phone for a little jack and unsoldered it.
The AC adapter for my particular phone was a 4.5V one.
Step 3: Layout and Drilling Holes
- After I removed the power jack from the phone I soldered a length of wire a bit longer than the drawing Mannequin to it.
- I then laid out where about I wanted the switch and plug and marked it.
- Drilled the hole for the switch just enough that the terminals on the bottom were barley sticking out. I had to mark around the switch and chisel out the square part.
- I drilled a hole on the side for the power then drilled a hole from the bottom up into that hole to feed the wires to the switch and carved a channel between them.
- Then drilled a small hole close to the drawing Mannequin's post for the light wires to come up through.
Step 4: Drilling Holes in the Mannequin
The mannequin is hollow inside so I just needed a few holes to feed the wire through the body.
On in the butt drilled at an upward angle.
I had to carve out a notch in the neck bead for the wire
The last one was in the top of the head.
Step 5: Soldering and Wiring
- I pulled the wire that's attached to the power jack through the jack hole.
- Soldered one sort power wire to the switch then ran it back to the small hole to go to the light bulb.
- Pulled the other power wire and the switch wire through the small hole.
- Then ran it through the hole in the butt and fed it though the body ( you may have to stretch the spring joints to see where the wire is going.)(You may want to twist the wires before you try to pull them through. I soldered the ends together also.)
- When I got to the neck I had to drill a hole inside the bead to make room for the wire
- Fed it through the head and your about done.
- Then soldered the two wires to the light bulb side and bottom terminal.
- When I screwed him back on the post it had the added benefit of wrapping the wire around the post for a tidy look.
Step 6: Feet or Base
Because my switch was too big and the terminals stuck out I had put sticky pad on it so he wouldn't fall over.
While I was at it I epoxyed the power jack in the hole so it wouldn't move around.
Later I'll cast him a heavy duty concrete or metal base. Just didn't have time today.
Step 7: Testing and Celebration
Plugged in the power flipped the switch and the Ideas shown bright! Just how I pictured it.
The first picture is with it off.
The other three are with the idea bulb illuminated and various exposures and lighting trying to get a nice look.
Hope you enjoyed it. I sure did making it.
Also entered in the Epilog Challenge because LASERS! I would use that thing everyday. I do a bit of graphics and 3d work and would love for that work to get out of my computer and into the physical world. Who needs a regular printer I would just laser etch all my documents that need to be printed.
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