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Step 3: Step 3 - Paint With Darker Grey

Once you're satisfied with the look of your pattern, you can paint a darker shade of paint over the whole ball.

We decided that black was to dark and sharp as a contrast, so we mixed a darker grey colour. The paint is a mix of acrylic paint and a chalk paint, to give it a not so glossy finish. We found this paint in the hardware store.

Paint the ball completely or work in segments - it all depends on your taste. We peeled the masking tape not long after painting. Make sure to press the tape very well down before you paint, avoiding blotches and noses doing so. But even if you have some slight uneven lines - the end result will be great, because the Death star has so many little bits and dots, it will look like you wanted it this way ;)

The round weapon was painted by hand with a fine brush.

<p>Wow! This is super cool!</p>
Prefer the one i made last year myself. I think this onrs way to dark.<br><br>https://www.instagram.com/p/BAW54LTiV2K/
<p>you really deserve the grand prize. it looks amazing :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much. We'll wait and see ;)</p>
<p>This is an amazing idea. You should upload this to IKEA Hackers, the community there will really appreciate it. :)</p>
<p>Great job, the lamp looks fantastic!! :)</p>
<p>Nice one! I did the same thing last year. Masking was the biggest step. I drilled and sanded all the pieces to give it the city-lights effect. It was a gift for my daughter because she's the best daughter that anyone could ask for on either side of the galaxy. </p>
<p>yours looks very cool too. I like the drilled holes for the city optic - but I have to protest - mine is the best daughter on this side of the galaxy ;)</p>
We must have the same daughter. :)
<p>Loved it at first sight. Voted</p>
<p>Thank you so much.</p>
<p>wow...its a great idea, might try it</p>
<p>Thank you so much, have fun trying it, it's not that hard</p>
<p>it's more or less just modding the original lamp isn't it?</p>
<p>it is, that's why the name of the original product is in the headline</p>
Awesome
<p>Such a cool Lamp! Great use of the IKEA.</p>
<p>Way to avoid paint run-under of masking; after applying masking, apply light coat of first color and allow to dry. This will run under and seal masking. Then paint with second color.</p>
<p>You're right and that's what I normally do when I paint walls, but the colour was sprayed and as I said that dulled the insides a bit, so we didn't do that a second time. As I mentioned the underrunning wasn't that critical because the surface of the death star isn't even. But thanks for your input, maybe somebody who is inspired by this instructable will do it this way.</p>
<p>It looks great as death star, but the lamp (dare I say) would make an even better interrogation droid (with a couple of addons: <a href="http://www.starwars.com/databank/interrogation-droid" rel="nofollow">http://www.starwars.com/databank/interrogation-dro...</a></p><p>That droid is what came to mind when I saw the lamp in IKEA.</p><p>But yours (and the motorised opening one) are brilliant.</p>
<p>Thank you and you're right - the droid would've been a good fit, too. But I loved the idea of an &quot;imploding&quot; death star - that's why we used the copper inner one. </p><p>I'm pretty sure that won't be our last Star Wars project ;)</p>
<p>Pretty nice. Our grandson is a Star Wars fan. We could do this, but where do you get the template to know wherethe light gray lines should be? Was it in the Instructable and I just missed it?</p>
<p>Thank you.</p><p>there is no real template. We looked at pictures of the Death Star and there are some key elements - the round weapon, the trench around the middle - that just have to be there and the rest was positioning as we liked it and thought it looked good. As I said - alternating in size and wideness so no tile looks the same.</p>
Well done! Great 'ible, well written with great photos, easy to follow steps, and awesome subject material! Congrats on being featured and for posting your first 'ible. Welcome to the dark side, we have cookies.
<p>you had me at cookies ;)</p><p>thanks, I was very surprised that I was featured but I love it (of course)</p>
<p>Look at this enhancement:</p><p><a href="http://www.ikeahackers.net/2016/03/automated-ikea-ps-2014-pendant-lamp.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.ikeahackers.net/2016/03/automated-ikea-...</a></p><p>This painting combined with the motor is awesome!</p>
<p>Dude, you can totally make the Death Star blow up! (George Lucas added CGI sold seperately, and probably not wanted) </p>
that'll be step 2 in the process ;)<br>I've seen it before and it's pretty cool - would be awesome together, I agree
<p>and there's even a remote controlled version here on Instructables -</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Remote-Controlled-IKEA-Death-Star-Lamp/</p>
Wow that's awesome detail!
Anazibg use of an ikea lamp
<p>Thank you so much.</p>
*amazing<br>
<p>Excellent job. Very nice work.</p>
<p>Thank you so much.</p>
<p>Me and my boyfriend wanted to buy this lamp for our gaming room because it looked so much like the Death Star. Now we are definitely going to buy it and follow your instructable to match the Death Star even more!</p><p>Your instructable is so epic!</p>
<p>thank you so much! And have fun building it, it looks so cool once it's done.</p>
<p>That is so epic! And when you open it, the Death Star explodes. I love it!</p>
<p>Thank you so much. and yes - that's what it looks like and the copper inner makes it even more look like an explosion.</p>

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