How-To Make a High Voltage Electrical Glove LampFebruary 25th, 2009 in blog, projects
There's a funny story attached to this funky high-fivin' lamp. For the past year or so, I've been carrying these high voltage electrical gloves to home shows as a creativity tool to get people thinking outside the box. Well, when we began shooting on our first ever Junkmarket DVD last summer, the idea hit me on the head like a Newton's Apple! Let's add electricity and let's get Kimberly, the newbie junker, to do it. Ever happy to oblige, she took one of my suggestions and ran with it...
This project was one suggestion I gave, barring one fact: instead of Plaster of Paris, I helpfully suggested spray foam insulation to harden the glove's interior. If any of you rushed home and tried that, you now know that the spray foam doesn't quite set without exposure to oxygen. OOPS! My bad. This one's for all my homies packin' a rubber glove full of spray foam insulation. Tried and tested, that junker's suggestion went limp!
One vintage high voltage electrical glove or other groovy old glove
Vintage or new lamp shade
Lamp kit with threaded rod, harp, and cord
Plaster of Paris or casting compound
Dark wood stain
Four vintage bolts
Step 1: Mix casting compound.
Step 2: Immediately fill glove with casting compound and allow to dry and harden.
Step 3: Using a long drill bit, drill through the glove and casting compound to accommodate threaded lamp rod. Ours was 1/8 IP and ~18" long.
Step 4: Apply stain to wooden base with a brush and allow to dry.
Step 5: Drill a hole in the base to accommodate the lamp cord.
Step 6: Using polyurethane glue, adhere bolts to the four corners of the bottom of the base as feet.
Step 7: Set glove on base and drop lamp cord through threaded rod and base and wire according to package directions.
Step 8: Glue hand to base using polyurethane glue.
Step 9: Add lightbulb and shade.
Tip: If you are uncomfortable with wiring, most hardware stores will do this for you for a nominal fee.
After you make it, show it off to other members in the Member Junk area.
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