It may not be exactly in keeping with my tradition of paper-based art (though that was
my original idea, at least until I really thought about longevity), but itís a fun little project none-the-less.
For those that don't recognize it, it's the notorious Leg Lamp from the classic Christmas movie, A Christmas Story
. It's a bit of a tradition with my family; we watch it every year over the holidays, usually several times. And shame on you if you haven't seen it!
You can buy these in various sizes, but the full-sized 40"-50" (100-130cm) models are upwards of US$200. Thanks to the internet however, I was able to build mine for half that! The mannequin leg was about $20 off eBay
, the lamp fixture for $10 on Amazon
, for the wood base I sanded and stained an old stool seat, the lamp shade I got from Lamps Plus
for $37, and the high heel off eBay
The leg was... somewhat creepily the easiest piece to get; it was the first result on eBay at the time. The lamp shade was probably the most difficult, trying to find something that matched reasonably close without breaking the bank... I had to manually add the little tassels along the edge myself though. Also, she's about a size 7 shoe, in-case anyone cares
My parents had identical reactions to those of the parents in the movie; my mom rolled her eyes and gave me a "this is what you spent the last two days working on?" look, and my dad laughed and spent the rest of the day quoting the movie. One for two, not bad Here
are a couple of shots of it in the makingYou'll shoot your eye out, kid.