Mannequin Lamp With Separate Light Toggle

Introduction: Mannequin Lamp With Separate Light Toggle

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the process. This is my first instructable. If you send me questions I would be glad to help. I will give a basic guide of how I made this with a mannequin someone disposed of in my trash bin. All in all I am happy with how it came out . I can light just the head, just the chest, both or none.

Step 1: Materials

-mannequin (opaque, some ass threw in my trash)
-panel of 1/4" clear plexiglass (Home Depot)
-two lamp kits (Home Depot)
-two fluorescent bulbs of any color (Home Depot)
-screws ( guess where...)
-desired footage of cord , over 8' (Home Depot )
-on/off light up toggle switch ( thought I was going to say Home Depot again).
-heat shrink tubing
-lamp shade ( had laying around)
- fuzzy low rider dingle balls (not pictured , will add to shade later)
-almost forgot.... One three prong power plug.

I think that is everything.

Step 2: Tools

-dril and various bits
-adjustable hole cutter for the drill
-wire cutters

Step 3: Cutting and Drilling

First I cut a hole in the neck large enough to fit a bulb into. Then I figured the best place would be in one of the feet where the Achilles' tendon meets the heel on a person for the power cord to come out from. Last hole is about three inches below the shoulder blades dead center of the back for the toggle switch for the chest.

Step 4: Lighting

Sorry I'm gonna keep this simple.
First I fed the cord through the foot and out the neck. I measured the diameter of the neck and then traced it onto the plexiglass and cut that out. I used a hacksaw to cut the 36 inch threaded tube from the lighting kit to the length to where I wanted the light to hang in the chest. Fed this through the plexiglass and bolted in place. Next I Ran the wires for both lights and attached the bulb sockets to the top and bottom. Test fitted then connected my toggle switch to the back. There was a lot of back-and-forth as far as the test Fits went. Once I had it where I wanted it I soldered the wires Templeton screwed it all together.

Again sorry there is not much detail.

Also dictated to Siri and not read

Step 5: Base / Stand

Depending on your manikin you could have several options. For the type that I used it had very level flatfeet made to stand on its own so I used clear resin with some lead shot that I poured inside before I put it all together.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Lamp

People have many different reactions, it's a pretty entertaining conversation piece.

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    6 years ago

    Thanks! I'm glad. I do need to sew the fuzzy balls around the shade though. Wish I had more pictures of the process. I will do a more thorough guide to my next instructable.