Brimming with the innovative spirit of Christmas, and yet sitting idly by your fireplace? Well, take some inspiration from the Mannequin Leg, a fully DIY lighting project undertaken by Imgur user Galactica216. As the name quite unpretentiously suggests, the centerpiece of this lighting fixture is a store bought freestanding mannequin leg. It was then modified, rigged and finished to ultimately give shape to the ‘shapely’ conception.[nggallery id=6]
The three main components used for the DIY design was the aforementioned $25 mannequin leg, along with a $5 lamp shade with separate fringes (for $20) and a black heel shoe fixed to the bottom wooden base for $35. These three elements were brought together as a singular conception, with the help of a myriad of other items. These included two JB Weld kits, glossy black spray paint, a Rotozip for cutting holes, a whole lot of wiring, metal brackets, glues and to top them off: of course, a sexy fishnet stocking.
The resultant form was then tested for both the lighting effect and adequate support. In this regard, the supporting was improved by means of a variety of adhesives including hot glue, Gorilla glue and caulk adhesive. Finally, the concluding accomplishment was a full fledged Mannequin Leg Lamp, with a total cost of around $100. Our enterprising designer even made a parting comment about its market value being set at around $150 to $200. And, thus a good fortune was actually saved by going the DIY way.