Repurposing Old Bust Forms Into Lamps. by Alyssa Glassford - Musely
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Repurposing Old Bust Forms Into Lamps.

posted in DIY & Crafts
09/16/2014
  • Start out with an old bustform. I buy them from thrift shops for low prices.
    Start out with an old bustform. I buy them from thrift shops for low prices.
  • Drill holes into the fiberglass, make sure you are wearing a mask and eye protection. This gets messy so I would suggest doing it outside. Drill any pattern you'd like into the front/top/ bottom of the bustform. Flip the form and drill a large hole near the bum. Using a thin hack saw or jigsaw create and opening large enough for a lightbulb and your hand. Drill one final small hole in the back between the shoulders. This hole is for turning on and off the lamp.

  • Its also less expensive to buy a second hand lamp, then to purchase lamp making supplies individually.
    Its also less expensive to buy a second hand lamp, then to purchase lamp making supplies individually.
  • This is where it can be tricky if you don't have experience soldering. Disassemble the light. To pull the cord from the fixture you will need to clip the cord up where the wire meets the hardware to hold the bulb. Clip these two wires. Pull the cord out from the bottom. Now its time to solder. Using a soldering gun and solder ( must be for electrical use, i.e. not copper which is used for jewelry). You must reattach the cord to the fixture. To do this it will need to be free lf any old wire or solder. You can heat your solder gun to remove old welds.

  • If you have never soldered before I suggest referring to youtube or reading online. It is very easy, but is also very dangerous. You need a well ventilated area and should be wearing a respirator. Once you have the pieces reconnected plug in your lamp to ensure there are no 'shorts'. It is very VERY important to ensure you are using an energy efficient bulb. Or even LED/LCD/fibre optic lighting. A regular bulb will burn much to hot, and because it is an enclosed spaced this becomes a huge fire hazard! Once you have done this, set it aside.

  • Finished paint job.
    Finished paint job.
  • Paint the bustform a colour of your choice. I used an oil based black spray paint, with a second coat of blacked webbing effect.

  • Reassemble the lamp hardware into the bust form.

  • Now turn it on and give yourself a pat on the back!
    Now turn it on and give yourself a pat on the back!
  • Or if that was too complicated. Drill a hole into the chest of the bust form. Create an opening to fit $3 round push lamp. Add a nail to hang the lamp. ( if you glue it you wont be able to change the bulb). I also drilled 4 more holes in the back, around the nail. Paint it. I even painted my lamp. Put the lamp into the body, secure on nail. Cut a wire coat hang into 1 long piece. Start at the top hole, run the wire through, bend it around the lamp and back through the second hole. Bend it, run it back into the body, bend it, move it up around the lamp into the top hole. Twist ends together.

  • Hang it up, push it on and off.
    Hang it up, push it on and off.

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