Artist Turned IKEA Lamps Into Exploding Death Star


Artist Turned IKEA Lamps Into Exploding Death Star

A female artist with her boyfriend took the chance and converted plain white lamps into the exploding Death Star floating over their bed. As two big nerds, they both love Star Wars.

EXPLODING DEATH STAR

She always saw the IKEA PS 2016 lamp and thought it looks so much like a Death Star! You will absolutely love it too.

Death Star

 The first step is to buy an IKEA PS 2016 lamp and a can of spray paint.

Death Star

They have decided to get the biggest one in copper/white. It is supposed to hang over the bed in our slightly Star Wars themed bedroom, so why get small! She used a can of light gray spray paint from the local hardware store. Do this outside because of the fumes and the necessary ventilation. If you want to have it perfect – cover the copper insides BEFORE you spraypaint the outsides. The mist of the spray dulled the sheen a tiny bit – it doesn’t bother us, but if you want it super shiny – cover it up. Or don’t use spray paint and brush the light gray instead. In my case, it was a matter of time and not wanting to paint them all by hand.
They have used masking tape for painting walls to cover the areas that should stay lighter.
Using x-acto knives and a cutting matt with a ruler prooved to be helpfull to have a variation in the strips. Cut some wide, some small, some long, some short. Alternate to create the pattern, the death star wasn’t all the same, neither should be yours.

Death Star

They have created a stencil of the round weapon on a piece of paper first and traced that onto the lamp with a pencil.

Death Star

Once you are satisfied with the look of your pattern, you can paint a darker shade of paint over the whole ball.

Death Star

They have decided that black was too dark and sharp as a contrast, so we mixed a darker gray color. The paint is a mix of acrylic paint and a chalk paint, to give it a not so glossy finish. They found this paint at the hardware store.
Paint the ball completely or work in segments – it all depends on your taste.

Death Star

They peeled the masking tape not long after painting. Make sure to press the tape very well down before you paint, avoiding blotches and noses doing so. But even if you have some slight uneven lines – the end result will be great because the Death Star has so many little bits and dots, it will look like you wanted it this way.
The round weapon was painted by hand with a fine brush.

Death Star

Hang it on your ceiling as instructed. You will need a hook for that. Enjoy your Death Star lamp. It is awesome!

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