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Wood Manikin Figure Lamp with iPad - A DIY tutorial

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The internet is a wondrous place.

The other day I was browsing Twitter for interesting lamp designs (don't we all do this?) and ran across the Colgao lamp from enPieza! studio in Madrid, Spain. While their lamp is a bit more morbid than my standard home decor concepts, I found their use of a chromed light bulb in an anthropomorphic manner to be intriguing and knew I had to do something like that myself. Thus this guy was born after some experimenting and trying different ideas out.

I felt this guy needs to be doing something to emphasize the humanity aspect of the lamp for the full anthropomorphic effect.  Originally it was going to be on the phone with a cup of coffee in the other hand, but at 1/6 scale those items are a bit too small.  I went with the iPad prop, and it looks great.    This is a 12" tall (1/6 scale) manikin, the same size as Barbie, old school GI Joe, etc.  There are a lot of props available in that scale, and one of these days I'm going to get a scale guitar and see how that looks.

The manikin is fully posable, and the light bulb socket is candelabra (E12) sized and will handle up to a 30W bulb.     While the chrome bulb looks awesome, I've tried a few others and they all have their advantages.   Be aware that the exposed bulbs like this do get hot and can burn if you touch them after they have been on for a bit.  

If you decide not to make your own but still want one, do not despair!  I have them for sale in my Etsy Shop.  

Please come take a look! 




 
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Photomancer3 months ago

The choice of bulb really makes this great. Plus it should direct the light down. Simple but elegant - I have one of these wood models sitting on a desk screaming to be upgraded!

grooverjamesr made it!8 months ago

I made this!!!

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grooverjamesr8 months ago

I got my Forstner bits today and started drilling, I feel like crap now i mistook the 5/8" for the 1/2" and wrecked the center ball badly, had to glue it back together. I guess it will work. I am so looking forward to getting my 1/4" tubing soon, I ordered it. I have all the rest, I found a deal at a local store for Christmas lights for a Christmas Village house set, and I ordered 4 bulb from eBay and they are pretty cool, silver and all. I am working on getting some micro screws now and such to reattach the springs inside.

[Hivemind]2 years ago
I think the ipad is kind of weird, but i really like the concept!
blkhawk2 years ago
Your creation reminds me of Gyro Gearloose's little robot Little Helper
byproduct02 years ago
Cool idea. Consider making an iron-man version with an LED light either in the chest or out of his hand. :)
This is really cool, ive been experimenting with lamps lately, and seperately the little wooden guys... you combined both of my time consumers.
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Yes, I much prefer your take over the Colgao lamp! Nicely done!
Mimikry2 years ago
WOW! Great one!
Like it! The choice of bulb is a nice touch as well!