Introduction: The Amazing Spiderman Hanging Light
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The Amazing Spiderman Hanging Light
A Spiderman Hanging Light is a simple project to make for your kids.
It hangs on the wall for light but also adds that cool factor that kids will love.
It captures one of Spiderman's favorite hanging scenes, upside down.
If you would like to see the Video version along with a few extra tips, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uBNbziMYTE
Just remember that PVC is only a form of hard plastic. It can and will break if too much weight or force is applied and injuries can occur. Use of content for personal projects is at your own risk.
Step 1: Gather the Parts and Tools
Gather the Parts and Tools
Parts List: (All PVC 1/2 inch pipe and fittings)
- (1) 4-way cross
- (1) tee connector
- (8) 90 degree elbow
- (5) 45 degree elbow
- (5) 1.25-inch long pipe
- (4) 1.5-inch long pipe
- (1) 2-inch long pipe
- (2) 3-inch long pipe
- (2) 4-inch long pipe
- (1) Candelabra Light Socket
- (1) 4watt LED Candelabra Light Bulb
- (2) Wire connectors
- Basic 15-foot White Extension cord (Length is Optional)
- White Paracord
- Painter’s Tape
- Red Spray Paint
- Blue Spray Paint
- Electrical tape
- Cable tie (optional)
- Wire cutters
- Crimping tool
- Wire strippers
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 2: Starting the Body
Starting the Body
First start with a PVC cross and connect a 2 inch long pipe.
Then add a Tee connector to the 2 inch pipe.
This created the torso.
Then starting on the arms, add a 1.5 inch long pipe to each side of the cross.
Next connect a 90 degree Elbow to each pipe.
Again add a 1.5 inch long pipe to each side.
Next connect a 45 degree elbow.
On those elbows add a 1.25 inch long pipe.
Then add one more 45 degree elbow to each pipe.
The arms are complete.
Step 3: Adding the Legs
Adding the Legs
In the Tee connector, insert a 4 inch long pipe to each side.
Then add a 90 degree elbow to each side.
Attach a 1.25 inch long pipe to each elbow.
Add an additional 90 degree elbow to each pipe.
Connect a 3 inch pipe to those elbows.
And finally add the last two 90 degree elbows to those pipes.
This completes the body.
Step 4: Preparing the Light Socket
Preparing the Light Socket
First connect the last 1.25 inch long pipe and 45 degree elbow together.
These will serve as the neck.
Now test fit the candelabra light socket into the 45 degree elbow to make sure it slides inside.
Here is a similar socket on Amazon:
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Now remove the socket and using pliers bend the metal support slightly inward and test fit again.
The socket should slide further into the elbow.
Now using a hot glue gun, put a small bead of glue around the outside of the socket, push it back into the elbow, and hold until it becomes firm.
Now connect the neck onto the top of the cross while feeding the wiring through the left arm.
You will have to remove part of the arm to see the end of the wires.
Step 5: Wiring the Light Socket
Wiring the Light Socket
Get the 15-foot extension cord and cut off the large receiving end.
Split the cable into two sections. Strip a small section off of each wire.
Feed the wiring through the detached arm section. (Make sure it is the correct end to attach to the body.)
Using the appropriate size wire connectors, connect the cord wires to the socket wires and crimp them in place.
Gently tug on each connection to make sure it is holding.
It is also recommend to add a small section of electrical tape around the connections for added strength and safety.
Now reconnect the arm.
Step 6: Adding the Paracord
Adding the Paracord
The paracord is the supporting structure of the lamp.
Carefully feed the paracord through the arms of Spiderman making sure NOT to damage the wiring.
Disconnecting the arms and using pliers might be necessary.
Reconnect the arms and adjust to the angle desired.
Find the perfect location and adjust the length as needed.
Make sure the weight of the lamp is resting only on the paracord because the wiring is not made to support objects.
As an option, a cable tie can be added at the hands to the wiring and paracord to keep everything together.
Step 7: Painting
It is now time to paint the lamp.
Carefully remove the leg sections and paint separately.
Try to avoid getting paint inside of the connectors or it can be hard to assemble.
For the upper half of the body, start by painting the elbows blue and wait to dry.
Then add painter’s tape and finish with red.
After the paint has dried, remove the tape.
Assemble the body together.
Step 8: Adding the Light
Adding the Light
Make sure the light is a LED low wattage bulb that does not create heat.
Attach the bulb.
We used the Kichler 4 watt LED bulb found at this Amazon link:
http://amzn.to/2z8q7L5 (affiliate link)
To use, just plug the cord into a standard wall outlet.
If the bulb is too bright for its intended use, replace the bulb with a lower wattage bulb.
If needed, a cord with a switch can be substituted during the build.
Enjoy your new Spiderman light.
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