How I made an awesome 3D horse head light. - Narcissism is Necessary

How I made an awesome 3D horse head light.

This is the only picture I have of our old wall light for our staircase landing. Got it from a shop in Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya. It is now no more.

# – Old wall lamp for our staircase landing.

Less than a year after installing the light, it literally fell apart from the inside. The starters disintegrated upon touch, making it impossible to replace the lamps.

It was the most expensive light we paid for, yet it’s the shittiest one argh!

Had to get my electrician to come in to fix the starters and all. Then few weeks later, the lamp cover fell off from its base and died into a million pieces. FOL.

Yeap, it fell off from the wall, in the middle of the freaking night…we thought we were being burglarised. Stupid piece of shit!

The insides still work (because we got the electrician to come fix it remember?) so all that’s missing is a cover.

I wasn’t keen on buying a completely new light because I’d have to bring in the electrician again so we left it alone. Until I stumbled upon a picture of a horse head on a wall.

Talk about a lightbulb moment!

The next day, I bought some steel wire from the neighbourhood hardware store and craft tissue from CzipLee.

I also got a bag of tapioca flour…intrigued?

# – First, I measured the diameter of the existing lamp base that’s attached on the wall. Then I shaped a frame according to the measurement.

# – The I started building a shape from the frame. Gradually, it became this. The view from the side.

# – View from back. I was basing the shape on a picture of a horse head I printed off Google.

# – As I didn’t bother buying a craft plier, I was using a bigass lineman’s plier which made my wire joints a little less elegant.

Now it’s time to make glue…with tapioca! I felt like I was back in primary school, woohoo!

# – (1) Put 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour in a small cup. (2) Add 6 tablespoons of water. (3) Mix until no lumps and resemble milk.

# – (4) Pour 400 ml of boiling water into a bowl. (5) Pour the milky mixture into hot water while stirring. It will start thickening. (6) Add 5 tablespoons of salt and stir until dissolve. (7) Tapioca glue, DONE! Make sure it’s neither too thick (add water) or too watery (add milky mixture). Glossy and sticky is the best.

# – Use a paint brush to liberally apply tapioca glue onto sections of craft tissue and cover the metal wire frame. You don’t have to be precise because it’s very forgiving. I didn’t even use scissors to cut the tissue into sections, just tore it off. If you got tears or holes, just add more tissue!

# – Cover every part except the back of the structure. Then leave to dry overnight.

# – When completely dried, hang it over the base of the lamp.

# – Then, turn on the lights :D

# – Horse head light, DONE!

So what do you think? Personally, I LOVE IT! Suddenly, this has become my favourite part of the house! Hehehe.

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30 Responses to How I made an awesome 3D horse head light.

  1. Tan Yee Hou May 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm #



  2. May 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    this is such a brilliant thing!!!

    • Kimberlycun May 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      teehee. thank you! it’s like a primary school project haha

  3. Tian Chad May 19, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    It looks great =D
    Simple and nice~

  4. boo May 19, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Hey it looks great but it is possible that it gets too hot and starts a fire?

    • Kimberlycun May 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      thanks! i’m not worried about it because there’s plenty of ventilation, if you noticed it’s not entirely attached to the wall. i still won’t switch on the light for too long though ;)

  5. hildamilda May 19, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    That is.. wait for it.. ah-mazing! :O

  6. julie May 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    amazing stuff! and very economical too!

    • Kimberlycun May 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      thanks! yeah, it’s less than RM20 all in and I actually overestimated the amount of craft tissue and steel wire by about 3 times lol

  7. Fire Hazard May 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I think this is a fire hazard. Please remove it ASAP.

  8. ronin May 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Creative but … spooky!

  9. Val May 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Congratulation ! It looks really nice and very artistic.

  10. Friedbeef May 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm #


  11. sully86 May 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    great thing come in simplicity….good stuff

  12. WD May 22, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Horse? Looks more like a tapir :) Or an anteater.

    • Kimberlycun May 22, 2012 at 3:28 am #

      hahaha actually from a certain angle it looks like a pig too

  13. Jonah May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Woah!! First perming using socks, now this? You’re amazing. Been learning a lot from you. :)

    Cheers from the Philippines. ;)

    • Kimberlycun May 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      hey thanks for leaving a comment. you made my day :D

  14. sully86 May 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    u should do the whole barnyard animal..hahaha

    • Kimberlycun May 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      i only have 1 wall light in the entire house. maybe i’ll make several for change when bored haha

  15. Selina June 21, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    You are amazing la… hahaa
    It’s so niceee.. I will try to do this next time..

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