Our new favorite LEGO piece.

Our new favorite LEGO piece.
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Howdy, friends!

 

A quick photo piece, detailing our new favorite LEGO part! Check it out:

 

IMAG3515[1]

 

 

Ever seen that before?  Crazy right?  I think you probably have seen it though!  Here, another hint:

 

IMAG3516[2]

 

Do you recognize it now?

 

No?

 

Ok, we will spill the beans.  This is a LEGO Dice element, with the rubber bumpers removed!  Here it is as provided in most of the LEGO games that were released several years ago:

 

64776

 

This is part ID 64776, or “Die 6 Sided Rubber Frame with Red Center with Studs”.  As we mention, it was used in board games and appeared in about 40 games over the past few years.

 

With a pair of needle nose pliers, and a little elbow grease, though – you get an incredibly useful part.  6 sided, with with 4 studs on all 6 sides.  We can’t wait to tinker with this one!

 

 

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LEGO Minifigure Storage Head Lamp Conversion

LEGO Minifigure Storage Head Lamp Conversion
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Welcome back LEGO friends!

 

Who wants to learn how to build a LEGO  lamp?  Well, a LEGO Minifigure Lamp, that is!

 

A Simple LEGO Minifigure Storage Container, Transformed into a Lamp.
A Simple LEGO Minifigure Head Storage Container, Transformed into a Lamp.

Disclaimer: Please use common sense when constructing your LEGO Lamp.  Consider using glue for a sturdy finished lamp that will withstand day to day use.  Brickablocks.com is not responsible for the accuracy of recommendations included in this listing, as they are based on previous experience and generalized lamp characteristics – meant to be used as suggestions.








 

This week, we thought we would share a great little project you can do on your own if you find yourself stuck with out any LEGO sets to build.  All you need is a simple lamp kit from the hardware store, a LEGO minifigure storage head, a screw driver, and a drill!

 

We’ll walk you through all of the steps, and show you where you can find all of the parts you will need to build your own LEGO LAMP.  Sorry – LEGO Minifigure Lamp!

 


Here is the simple lamp kit we will be using to build our LAMP:

Lamp kit

 


For the base of our LEGO lamp, we went with the small classic yellow LEGO minifigure head for the lamp body.  This is a minifigure storage head, in case you are not familiar with the product.

LEGO Minifigure storage head

 

These LEGO minifigure storage heads are available in multiple sizes, and face styles. You can find them on amazon starting at around $16.



Amazon product link: LEGO Storage Head Small, Girl, Yellow

 

The lamp assembly kits are available at most any hardware store, and I have even seen them at Wal-Mart.  You can also find them at Amazon, of course. They start at about $11 online, but I have seen them as low as $7 at the hardware store.



 

Amazon product link: Bottle Lamp Kit with Adaptors – 8 pieces

 

 

Ok, once you have everything you need, it is time to get started!   First, you’ll need to mark your LEGO Storage head so you can accurately drill access points for the lamp stem, and electric cord.

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step one

For this next part, get a grown up to help.  Drill through each mark with a 1/4 inch drill bit.   When drilling the access point for your lamp stem, drill at an angle to create a large enough hole for the stem bolt.

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 2

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 3

Ok, now you should have your storage head in two parts, with access points drilled in each:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 4

 

Next, take the bottom piece of your storage head and run the electric cord through the hole as shown. 

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 5

Pull it all the way through…

 

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 6

 

 

Next, you’ll build the lamp stem using the through bolt and top to your LEGO storage head.

Grab the bolt, the top to your storage head, the washers and nuts, and the lower half of your socket as shown in this image:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 7

Connect your socket bottom to the bolt and tighten it, then screw on one nut, followed by a washer, and rubber gasket if your kit included one.

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 8

Press this assembly through the top of your LEGO storage head access hole:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 9

Flip this assembly over and thread a washer onto the bolt, then another nut and tighten the assembly so that the storage head top is sandwiched between a washer on top and bottom. 

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 10

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 11

 

Now thread the electric cord through the bolt from below:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 12

And pull it all the way through the lower half of the lamp socket:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 13

 

 

Connect the cord to the positive and negative terminals on the lamp socket. Be sure to follow the instructions included with your kit, and have a grown up assist!

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step one

Then set the socket into the socket holder:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 14

Finally, complete the assembly by clicking the socket top in place:

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 15

In the end, you’ll have a simple desk or table lamp for your LEGO Room or bedroom. Pick up a lamp shade that suits the personality of your LEGO head!

Minifigure Head Lamp Construction Step 16

Thanks for stopping by, and happy building!

 

-Brian from Brickablocks.com

 

Want more DIY?  Why not have a look at our library of simple build instructions and build something fun with your LEGO collection?

 

 

 

 

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