Uncle Fester Lamp




I was always a fan of the Addams Family, as a little girl I remember watching the TV series and movies with my family. And so recently as I was thinking about getting rid of an old lamp I no longer needed & then I thought why not make it into something cool and so here is how I made the Uncle Fester Lamp.

Tools & materials used in this project:

  • Lamp
  • Halloween skull
  • double sided foam tape
  • 2 x 3Mx20mm bolts + nuts
  • hot glue
  • clay
  • sponge
  • acrylic paint
  • black eye shadow
  • hobby and craft sealer
  • wire cutters
  • screwdriver
  • soldering iron
  • heat shrink sleeve
  • drill
  • sculpting tools

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Step 1: Lamp Disassembly

First of all I needed to remove the lamp shade, so I started by disassembling the switch and cutting the neutral wire. After that I took apart the base so that I could unscrew the lamp shade and pull out the wire attached to the socket.

Step 2: Preparing the Skull

The skull I bought had a stake attached which needed to be removed. Following the removal I needed means in which to mount the skull onto the lamp arm, so I aligned the lamp arm with the skull and drilled a couple of holes.

Step 3: Attaching the Skull

I didn't want the wire to be pinched in between the skull and the arm, so I attached some double sided foam tape onto the holes and gently bend the side of the arm top. Following that I was able to thread the wire through the arm and screw the arm onto the skull using two 20mm M3 bolts and nuts and join the base back together.

Step 4: Switch Assemble

In order to assemble the switch I slid a heat shrink sleeve over the neutral wire, soldered the wires together, heated the heat shrink sleeve with a lighter and then joined the switch pieces together. Next I placed the bulb socket in between the teeth and fixed in place with hot glue.

Step 5: Sculpting

The skull was a little slippery so I started by covering it with the clay and allowed it time to dry completely. This way it was easier to add more clay later. I carried on adding more and more clay wherever it seemed necessary until I was happy with the shape of my Fester.

Step 6: Smoothing

For smoothing I used a cut up dish washing sponge. With the rough side I was able to get an even surface and the smooth side was very useful for polishing. At first I planned to keep the original teeth, but I didn't really like the look of them after adding clay so I sculpted the teeth as well.

Step 7: Painting

For Festers face I mixed a spot of red, yellow and black with white acrylic paint. It took about 4 or 5 layers to get an even coverage. Once dried I painted the eyes white and inside of the mouth black.

Step 8: Eyes

For the iris I cut out a paper circle and traced it onto the eyes. Then I painted the iris brown and black for the pupil. Following that I added dark brown, white and yellow lines into the iris not forgetting about the white reflection spots. Next I outlined the inside of the eyelids and the tear ducts. Fester wouldn't be Fester without black eyes so I diluted black paint with water and painted large circles around his eyes.

Step 9: Mouth

Fester means to rot so it didn't feel right to leave his teeth bright white. A spot of yellow and black paint solved that problem.

Step 10: Smudging

Because I slightly overdid it with the black paint around his eyes I decided to tone it down a little. For this I used a cotton wool pad dunked in water. To add more definition to his face I used black eye shadow for wrinkle lines and smudged them with my finger. To finish off I used a tissue to wipe away any leftover eye shadow.

Step 11: Finishing

Lastly I used a hobby and craft sealer to add a shine to his bald head.

Step 12: Final Thoughts

The whole project took about 20 hours to finish plus some drying time and I'm very happy with the result. If I was to make him again the only thing I would do differently are his eyes. I would probably use the eye shadow instead of the black paint around his eyes.

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    12 Discussions


    9 months ago

    This is a perfect project! I love how you took an iconicly weird movie idea and turned it into functional art! (Functional art is my favorite art). Your sculpture is fantastic and your execution flawless. Great work!

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thank you very much for your lovely comment ;)


    9 months ago

    Amazing! Really well done! Of course, I'm thinking that you could have the eyes glow with the bulb turned off to make a night light... that would be fun to wake up to in the middle of the night!

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thank you very much. I guess I could still paint the whites of his eyes with some fluorescent paint, it might just be enough for the eyes to light up at night ;)


    9 months ago

    Well done, this is so good! You're incredibly talented! : )

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thank you very much for your kind words ;)


    9 months ago

    At first I thought you bought the Uncle Fester Head and just stuck a lamp in its mouth. Watching the video really made me appreciate the artistry of how you created the sculpture and then enhanced it with paint. Really well done! If I might suggest it might look really cool to use an incandescent squirrel cage bulb to give it that creepy retro look. And if it was possible to have the bulb auto-dim on a cycle it would really be cool.

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thank you very much for your kind words and suggestions, I really like the idea of the squirrel cage bulb ;)


    9 months ago

    what cool idea!
    and it turned out great!
    you got my vote

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