Everyone wants a wall trophy lamp. Everyone. Here's a bright idea, of making one that lights up! I'm going to keep the steps simple and basic. But I'm warning you, this is very fiddly.
Step 1: What You'll Need
1Qty - 30cm x 40cm foam board :
1Qty - 60ml PVA craft glue :
2Qty - 50cm x 75cm (2 sheets) plain tissue :
1Qty - Any source of string lights. :
1Qty - 50m wire
(Optional) any tools that will help bend and shape the wires in place
Step 2: Construction of the Head
This is very hard to explain. But first analyse a photo of a deer wall trophy to have an idea of what it looks like.
1. Try and replicate that shape of the head, notice how the lower part of the head is smaller than the top half. And the top half of the head has a little dip, this helps resemble the shape of a deers head.
2. I created circles, this will be the pieces that make the body of this project. I align them from the top of the neck and left 15cm spacing and made my way to the base of the neck. How I attached the circles, I have thinner wire which wraps around much easier than the thick wire. This I used to help place the circles by wrapping around in a cross motion and pressed it down with a tool. (It helps heaps)
3. This is optional but I recommend it. With extra wire, add it to the head and neck to help make it stable, this will prevent it from falling apart.
Step 3: Constructions of Ears and Antlers
1. The ears are very easy to make. First start off with a circle, both roughly around the same size and at the opposite end of the closing of the circle, pinch it slight to create a soft point. This will be the ears
2. The antlers: get a long piece of wire, roughly 60cm and bend it in half to create a sausage shape. Now with the thin piece of wire, really long. Start from the top and wrap it around leaving 5cm from each wrap and make your way to the bottom of the antler. When crafting the antler, be sure to wrap it so it creates shape.
3. This it optional, but you can add more to the antler by making more branches. I only made an extra one because I found it very fiddly.
Step 4: How to Light
(Warning: this part is really fiddly. You've been warned)
1. Puncture a hole in the foam, be sure to place the punctured hole in a place where is will be concealed by the neck.
2. Pull alittle bit of the lights from the hole.
3. with the glue gun, attach the base of the neck to the foam.
4. i recommend making little hooks in carious placed within the deers head, this will be the aid to hold the lights in place. A few in the antler, heaps within the head and a few in the neck.
5.Now slowly pull the lights more till you get enough and place the lights on the hooks and tights the hook onto the light to stabilize it in place. Repeat this step until all hooks are occupied with lights.
Step 5: Creating the Shade
1. Create a paper mache mix. I made this with warm water and the pva glue.
2. with the thin paper, rip off little parts and with a paint brush, paint the paper with the mache mix and mold it onto the wires. Be sure to paint the paper well and start molding.
Step 6: Wait and Present
1. After the molding if the paper mache, wait till it drys. Which it won't be long.
2. Turn off the lights, and turn on your very new lamp.