Introduction: LED Skull Lamp

How to make a LED skull lamp with some simple tools.

Step 1: You Will Need:

You will need:
- wire stripper
- wire cutter
- a skull
- soldering iron
- solder
- duct tape
- RGB LED strip
- power supply
- LED strip controller
- wire
- a knife

Step 2: Cut the LED Strip

Depending on how big the skull is,
you'll need to cut your LED strip on a desirable length.

I decided to use 6 LED's,
which I will fold in the middle later on.

This way there will also be a glow on the wall when I hang it.

Step 3: Remove Plastic

Carefully cut off the plastic which covers the connection points.

Step 4: Start Soldering

Once you have stripped the 4 wires from the RGB LED controller, you can start with soldering.
( Soldering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldering )

Follow the correct color order.
- Green
- Red
- Blue
- White

The white wire connects with the +12V mark, printed on the LED strip.




Step 5: Peel Off and Fold Together

Peel off the strip covering the adhesive, and fold the LED strip together.

Step 6: Insert the LEDs

Find a good spot where you can place the LED's, and secure them.
I used a simple piece of wire.

I've covered some of the LED's with ducttape, to reduce their intencity.
Otherwise the flood on the wall would be too big.

( I found this sheepskull high up int the mountains of Northern Italy, near Lake Como )

Step 7: Connect Power

Connect the power supply, and you're done.

Step 8: Enjoy!

Now you have a glowing skull, in any color you like.

Vote if you like at Lamps & Lighting Contest.

Cheers!

Comments

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Malicity (author)2016-08-27

I love this and that you gave links in it, as well as in the comments, for people like me. I do a lot of work on my 1860's house, but was BANNED from electrical work, after replacing the jerry-rigged thermostat. Of course, I just did what the previous owner had done, instead of reading the instructions, which resulted in screams from my partner, a boiling hot house and gallons of equally hot water being discharged by the system. Not such a big deal, right?!

Anyway, I have a bunch of skulls that this would be great to do, as currently they are not shown to their full glory and are tempting to the dogs, despite their good manners, which is unfair.

For the people who were wondering about sourcing such items, I have an option to consider. I've been working on a low tech (aka cheap) way to cast a skull and have pictures of it up to a certain point. Guess I'd better pull it out of the Mega Pile of Ongoing Projects and finally finish it. I'll try and get to it this week and if I do, would you like a link to the Instructable?

Thanks for your beautiful project and yes, kick in me arse to get going on my not so pretty, but hopefully useful one! Cheers.

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mmmdieselfumes (author)2013-07-09

Fantastic idea and great results! I have a ton of European mounts about the house I want to try your idea on. Do you have any recommendations on where to source those LED strips and power-supply?

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Wopke (author)mmmdieselfumes2013-07-12

I'm just gonna run the wires from the LED strip in the wall down to the power supply, which I will hook op to the grid in the house. I'm not sure what to do with the power supply yet.

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mmmdieselfumes (author)Wopke2013-08-09

Good idea. Although I meant where did you purchase the LED strips & powersupply from?

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Wopke (author)mmmdieselfumes2013-08-10

Ah whoops.. :) I bought them at a local electronics store. I guess you can buy them online easily. RGB LED strip from 5 meters. Cost me about 100 euro's for the whole lot (power supply, LED strip, and controller)

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mmmdieselfumes (author)Wopke2013-08-12

Awesome, thank you sir! :)

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Eh Lie Us! (author)2013-03-28

Brilliant! Great work. I'm a big fan of easy-to-follow steps.

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Wopke (author)Eh Lie Us!2013-04-15

thnx! I've put some time in the layout and stuff. I found it very easy just to look at pictures with the steps allready clearly on them.

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Dlimpach3 (author)2013-03-31

So I am extremely interested in replicating this design, I was just curious if there were any unexpected complications in the making of this lamp. And if so perhaps any small tips or pointers as well as any possible snags or set backs a noobie like myself could avoid. Either way, its a fantastic, creative, and over all well done design. Cheers mate!

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Wopke (author)Dlimpach32013-04-15

Thanks! Well, the soldering is the "hard part". Make sure they are ok. I'm still learning and the blue wire came loose. I found this video very helpfull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrVCkEoY_8M

Other than that, no problems.

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moonchylde (author)2013-04-05

Voted. Halloween's gonna be a blast this year. Plus I now have a way to jazz up the three dozen or so deer and goat skulls I've collected over the years.

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Wopke (author)moonchylde2013-04-15

cheers! thnx =)

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DeeRilee (author)2013-03-25

This would be AWESOME using "European mount" buck antlers! My son-in-law has a couple of nice ones!

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ginger20037 (author)2013-03-25

I have a friend that would go nuts over something like this!

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Threemoons (author)2013-03-24

Fantastic! You know what would be really cool? A chandelier/cascade lamp made from a series of small skulls--like bird skulls or something. There's a Pollo Vivo place nearish to me; if I ever get the space to strip a bucket of chicken heads I bet they would look awesome...

A less onerous alternative would be to buy skulls from a scientific supply company. This would also be cool with rat skulls, etc.

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Wopke (author)Threemoons2013-03-24

whow yes sounds sweet! I wouldnt know where to find so many skulls here in Belgium though. The wiring also would be a bit more tricky.

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rallen71366 (author)Wopke2013-03-24

google search for artificial skulls. An alternative might be paper mache, like a monster skull.

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-03-24

This is such a cool idea! need to find a skull so badly :o

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bricobart (author)2013-03-24

Great job mate, I've got to dig that ol' grandma out of the ground!

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hmyers1 (author)2013-03-24

I was wondering what to do with the deer skull sitting on my workbench (acquired for the horns). Now I know!! Great work!!!

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Wopke (author)hmyers12013-03-24

same story here. I've had the skull for years, then I bought the LED strip and the rest is history.

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wobbler (author)2013-03-24

This is seriously warped. Great job!

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Wopke (author)wobbler2013-03-24

thnx!

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susankg (author)2013-03-24

This is fantastic. My son and I have collected skulls since he was about 5 years old. This will be a cool project for him to work on. Thanks

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Wopke (author)susankg2013-03-24

np ;)

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schnitzle (author)2013-03-24

I love this skull lamp! I learned something new, I had no idea those LED strips existed.
Voted for ya!

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Wopke (author)schnitzle2013-03-24

thnx! yes, there are many different kinds of LED strips out there

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lethink (author)2013-03-24

Very cool and kinda creepy idea. I have a skull like this I mounted on an old fence gate with some wire and then mounted the whole think on the wall. I think I am going to upgrade your idea with a motion sensor some when someone comes in the room the skull will light up.

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Wopke (author)lethink2013-03-24

go for it!! sounds awesome

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hmyers1 (author)lethink2013-03-24

Motion sensor would move from "kinda creepy" to "scary"---good idea, although I prefer just using for mood lighting :)

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Infexodus (author)2013-03-22

Put this in the lamps and lighting contest

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Wopke (author)Infexodus2013-03-23

it is :)

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Livingstrong (author)2013-03-20

Very nice! I help butcher cows once or twice a year and we'll hang up the skulls but I never thought of turning one into a lamp. Might give it a try.

Livingstrong

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Dream Dragon (author)2013-03-19

Thanks for sharing your project, looks like some good tips for connecting those LED strips.

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Wopke (author)Dream Dragon2013-03-20

np ;)

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