The Art of Darkness

Hand Lights

February 5th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Hand Lights

I’m not sure what you’d call this, but it’d be a hell of a light fixture.

I saw it online, unattributed, and finally tracked the original photo down to Something Created Every Day: It was a display created by Tim Holtz for his booth at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show:

Tim said that his neighbor painted the hands, the lights are from Ikea and either the bulbs are special or the glass is colored (I don’t remember exactly how he described this). Either way, this display was fantastic.

I’m assuming that the hands are probably mannequin hands. I don’t see that particular style of light at Ikea’s site, but they’re also called cage lights. Searching for “industrial hanging light” or “workshop cage light” turns up loads of styles to choose from; I thought this and this were pretty.

The hands are mounted on simple wooden plaques, easy to find in many shapes and sizes at craft and hardware stores. The frame is just a big, rather banged-up picture frame.

This project is certainly DIY-able and would be a really interesting lighting treatment for a room. I assume that since this was done as a temporary decoration the lamp cords are simply hanging loose and plugged in near the floor. For a more permanent fixture you could fasten them all together with cable ties for a slightly less messy appearance.

You could also do individual hands, each with its own frame, for a different take on the same idea.

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4 Responses

  1. Pixel Pixie Says:

    Looks very much like something out of the Haunted Mansion. Too bad I only live in the Slightly Spooky Townhouse.

  2. Fiend4Halloween Says:

    Hands down,(pun intended) coolest light install I’ve seen in a while! Thanks for the share, I’m going to make one, it will fit perfectly in my dark home. Sort of reminds me of the jailed pirates trying to get the key from the dog in Pirates of the Carribean ride.

  3. saw Says:

    you know this gave me a great idea for a coat/hat rack
    seeing i have a very nice picture frame (with the UGLIEST picture in it >.<)
    and a couple of spare hands thanks to several halloween decorations going out last year ^^

    now the question is do i use the human/zombie hands…or the skeleton hands…….

  4. xJane Says:

    Finally! A use for all these severed hands I’ve been collecting. If they’re part of a wall feature, the cops won’t consider them evidence, right?

    (Also, this reminds me that I need to create a writhing damned souls of the satanic lawyer wall/mural for behind my desk, so thanks for that nudge.)

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