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How to make a LED skull lamp with some simple tools.
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Step 1: You will need:

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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

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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

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Carefully cut off the plastic which covers the connection points.

Step 4: Start soldering

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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

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

Step 6: Insert the LEDs

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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

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Connect the power supply, and you're done.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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

Vote if you like at Lamps & Lighting Contest.

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?
Wopke (author)  mmmdieselfumes2 years ago
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.
Good idea. Although I meant where did you purchase the LED strips & powersupply from?
Wopke (author)  mmmdieselfumes1 year ago
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)
Awesome, thank you sir! :)
Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
Brilliant! Great work. I'm a big fan of easy-to-follow steps.
Wopke (author)  Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
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.
Dlimpach32 years ago
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!
Wopke (author)  Dlimpach32 years ago
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.
moonchylde2 years ago
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.
Wopke (author)  moonchylde2 years ago
cheers! thnx =)
DeeRilee2 years ago
This would be AWESOME using "European mount" buck antlers! My son-in-law has a couple of nice ones!
ginger200372 years ago
I have a friend that would go nuts over something like this!
Threemoons2 years ago
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.
Wopke (author)  Threemoons2 years ago
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.
google search for artificial skulls. An alternative might be paper mache, like a monster skull.
This is such a cool idea! need to find a skull so badly :o
bricobart2 years ago
Great job mate, I've got to dig that ol' grandma out of the ground!
hmyers12 years ago
I was wondering what to do with the deer skull sitting on my workbench (acquired for the horns). Now I know!! Great work!!!
Wopke (author)  hmyers12 years ago
same story here. I've had the skull for years, then I bought the LED strip and the rest is history.
wobbler2 years ago
This is seriously warped. Great job!
Wopke (author)  wobbler2 years ago
susankg2 years ago
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
Wopke (author)  susankg2 years ago
np ;)
schnitzle2 years ago
I love this skull lamp! I learned something new, I had no idea those LED strips existed.
Voted for ya!
Wopke (author)  schnitzle2 years ago
thnx! yes, there are many different kinds of LED strips out there
lethink2 years ago
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.
Wopke (author)  lethink2 years ago
go for it!! sounds awesome
hmyers1 lethink2 years ago
Motion sensor would move from "kinda creepy" to "scary"---good idea, although I prefer just using for mood lighting :)
Infexodus2 years ago
Put this in the lamps and lighting contest
Wopke (author)  Infexodus2 years ago
it is :)
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.

Thanks for sharing your project, looks like some good tips for connecting those LED strips.
Wopke (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
np ;)