So......I have been lurking this thread because I think it is way cool
but since my mom is a stained glass artist I figured if I made a faux stained glass lampshade upon sight of it, she would freeze dead in her tracks and accuse me of heresay!
Sooooooooooo today I ran into Joann's at lunch to get googly eyes and froze dead in my tracks in front of the pony beads! There they were soooo many of them in so many colors and I have an unused 40% off coupon about to expire!!
So now I'm thinking this would be a good project for my office lamps or maybe for the guest room. But basically......I'm sucked in.....sucked into another crafting project! But not until I finish a bunch of stuff that I HAVE to get done this weekend!
One question though......does light shine through the opaque aka the less sparkly beads?
Your family is so artistic and crafty... will your mom adopt me? Maybe some of it will rub off on me & I'll be in crafty heaven!
Considering that your my swap partner right now, it's okay to be sucked in... hehe!
The light does shine through, but not nearly as much. It's also dependant upon how long you let the beads melt. If you don't let them melt as long as I did, you can actually leave gaps where no beads are at all, thus more light.
I liked them super melted though, because I thought it gave the illusion of stained glass more so than if it was lattice-y. Here's probably the best shot where you can see the comparison of light vs. less light/opaque vs. solid beads.
Also, if you use the smaller pony beads & the piece was thinner, I'm sure it would shine more. Personally.. I love, love, love the transparent red beads. I'll definitely being buying more of those for the next projects (which have compiled a freaking LIST now, eek!).