"Thing", Light Please!




A nice chandelier inspired Thing of the Addams family.
A hand reaches out from a mysterious box in the ceiling and holding a light bulb. I love this idea!

Now I'll try to explain how I realize it.

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Step 1: Realization of the Hand

First, I am dedicated to the realization of "Thing" and I ​​used the technique of papier-mâché then I created a silhouette of my hand using wire mesh. I tried to be as accurate as possible. I overlapped many trips of paper and I collated in with plenty of vinyl glue.

When the paper was dry, the hand had to be plaster. I covered the whole hand using a brush and a spatula. At this stage I tried to correct the imperfections due to the mesh, holes, depressions, bumps, etc...

When the grout was still not completely dry, I sponged the surface with a damp sponge, this helped to level out well and you avoided having to sand with sandpaper later.

Then I colored the hand with a paint spray.

Step 2: The Box

The box has a hole in the bottom to pass electrical wires and a lath with a hook to hang the box. This has been colored with spray paint, too.
The hand has been attacked to the box using a bracket and the bracket has been locked in hand with polyurethane foam.

Step 3: The Work Is Done!

The holder has been attached to the fingers with silicone. The cover has held in place with a hook kitchen and a rubber band.
I fixed the electrical system and the work is done.

The cost of the chandelier is very low.

For Italian version visit http://www.tutorial360.it/default/tutorial.php?id=237

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    6 years ago on Step 3

    neat idea, something that my wife would love


    6 years ago on Introduction

    The original formula I found was just a standard paper Mache formula used with dryer lint instead of newspaper. It was basically 2:1 water to flour, heated. I do a lot of paper craft and paper sculpture so I have made many changes and revisions over the years. Most of the time I use one of three recipes depending on what I am doing.

    If I am just covering something with strips of newspaper, I use a basic paste.
    2 c. water
    1 c. all-purpose flour
    1/4 c. sugar
    1 tbsp salt
    1 tbsp alum
    mix well, heat until thick

    If I need to fill in a mold or create detailed sculpture I use this:
    1 c. of basic paste (see above)
    1/4 cup Elmer's glue-all
    1 c. all-purpose flour
    1 c. joint compound (powdered form)
    1 tbsp oil (I just use an oil that smells good, I don't think the type would matter)
    Water + Finely shredded paper or toilet paper

    Soak the paper in water until it is a thick, gooey, glob of pulp. Strain out excess water, Mix ingredients. Slowly add the ingredients to the paper. Add water as needed until you get a thick, spreadable constancy.

    When you work with it you can shape it very nicely, but I have found that if I keep trying to smooth it too much it just pulls apart. I usually let it dry, then sand it to smooth and use a final coat of the next recipe.

    When I want to finish off a paper Mache sculpture I create a sort of "slurry" mix using the following:
    Previous recipe before adding paper
    dryer lint, extra glue-all and water
    create the same as previous except use dryer lint, then add glue-all and water to thin the mixture as needed fill in gaps and smooth out the finish.

    If an even smother finish is required, use pure joint compound as a slurry but work quickly since it hardens quickly.

    I have been trying to work out a new recipe using reconstituted paper mache but I have not perfected it yet. I want to get something with the constancy of paper mache that has joint compound in it, but with a much longer working time and a less grainy texture.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your detailed answer.
    I'll try the formula to create something for Christmas.

    It would be more interesting to rig it so that when you turn the light on, the hand comes out of the box and returns when you turn it off!

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    It would be fairly easy to modify. Just install a small servo motor, relay, a couple of stop switches. The relay would have to be wired so that when the power drops below a certain voltage, it triggers the servo motor to switch directions. The stop switches keep the motor from extending/retracting too far.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love this. I want to make one, or some version of the same thing.

    I would consider using a plastic form fitting glove to create the hand.

    Another random tip: I know this sounds weird... but a few years ago I found a paper mache formula that uses dryer lint. I know... it sounds super weird, but I tried it and it works. I was able to create a much smoother finish with the lint layer than with any other formula I have used. It was very nice.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I would love if you told me something more precise on this formula, I have in mind to do other things in paper mache.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    is a great idea, but with a child of three years in the house would pass the day to clap! :D