Lightfoot – mannequin leg floor standing lamp

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    I love mannequins, they lend themselves to all sorts of up-cycling oddities. I’ve used hands, feet and torso’s in my work, so I thought it was about time the legs got a look in!

    I took the mannequin apart & sanded the legs to create a key for my paint. I use very fine ‘wet & dry’ sanding sheets – these are great for creating a key and an excellent base for smooth spray paint coverage. Always make sure you brush off dust & wash it thoroughly to make sure all dust remnants are gone before spraying, otherwise you will ruin all your hard work!

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    Then the fun bit… getting the wire up the mannequin! Now although these legs look all smooth on the outside, the inside is quite often a different matter. This mannequin is made from fibre glass & resin & there are often lumps & bumps on the inside… which makes getting a wire down the length of a leg quite a wrestling job! Luckily it was mid Summer so it wasn’t too bad.

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    Knowing it can be quite a struggle I like to get the wire in before the paint job – that way I don’t scuff her up while wrestling! (What must my neighbours think?!)

    I then mask up the wire to keep it free from paint & it’s spray time.

    I chose a bright orange car paint, I love bright colours & I knew the orange would look great against the vintage globe which I had earmarked for her shade, plus it would work really well with the beautiful rustic chunk of wood I had salvaged for her base.

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