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11  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 2/18/10 - Changes at Craftster on: February 18, 2010 11:58:28 AM
Oh, so much sadness to see Leah leave!  I am premeptively missing you and celebrating your return as a mod and/or crafter already.  Smiley

Hi, Wade!  I believe you have good intentions, but keep in mind this is a community of people armed with pointy objects.  Consider yourself warned.  Cheesy
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains - Updated! Now with lampy goodness! on: February 18, 2010 10:14:46 AM
@javamama - I actually have a slide/35mm film scanner.  Well, actually, I have two scanners - one specifically for slide and 35mm film, and a flatbed scanner that scan bigger transparent images, like 120 sized film.  You can find 35mm scanners at places like Costco for around $100, maybe a little more.  I know I saw a bunch being sold on ebay for cheaper than that.  Here's an amazon link so you can see what they look like:  http://www.amazon.com/35mm-Negative-Film-Slide-Scanner/dp/B001PNNF3A  Or, alternately, there are places that will scan your slides in for you and placed them on a cd for a certain fee.  So, you kind of have to see how many slides you have, and what would be cheaper for you to do.

@wvonelovechick - The slides I actually used to make the curtain were ones I bought in an antique store in Kansas City.  I've found odd lots of slides every so often at random antique stores.  A lot of times they're in slide carousels, so if you see a carousel, make sure to check it out because it may be loaded with slides.  Yay!  Also, a friend of mine found a major stash of trashed slides somewhere at his university, and sent a ton of them to me, which was awesome x 10.  Additionally, slide film is still available to buy and shoot.  It may take a little bit of searching to find some at a local store, but it's available readily online.  I think a lot of places like Walmart (even though I'm not a fan of Walmat) will develop the slide film.  They normally send it out to a lab, and it may take a little bit longer to get developed than regular film, but yay!  Slides!

@letsgobowlingx - That's awesome that you and your boyfriend are crafting together.  Smiley  You must post pics of your progress!  The chainmail rings that we used were .25 inch 18awg.  There's a little bit more info available in the comments on the picture of the door, if you need more info about supplies.  We ordered stuff from the Ring Lord - http://www.theringlord.com/
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains on: February 16, 2010 07:47:39 AM
@letsgobowlingx - Thanks!  These slides were all in the cardboard mounts, but we have a ton more that are in plastic.  Travis just started drilling holes in those, too.  You actually get a nicer, cleaner hole with the plastic mounts, but if you do this, just be careful because little plastic things tend to fly out from the drill.  Protective eyewear is recommended.  Also, sometimes the plastic melts around the drill bit and that needs to be cleaned every so often.

Also just wanted to mention here that someone on another site said that Kodachrome slides will fade faster in the sun than other brands of slide film (like Ektachrome or Fujichrome).  So you may want to keep that in consideration if you're making one of these.  Of course, I have no idea how fast any of this stuff will fade.  I figure I can replace the slides as they fade, or, if it's a really big problem, and 2 weeks from now I'm looking at a bunch of slide mounts with no images left on them, I'll just paint over the film with some transparent paint I have.  I'm adaptable.  Smiley
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains on: February 15, 2010 08:29:13 PM
@ funkensteins - Hee!  I made that quilt about 5 or 6 years ago, and for most of that time it's been hanging out in a storage bin.  Once we got the coffee table I realized it was the perfect size for the quilt.  Don't worry, the drill is set at a depth where it can't puncture the quilt or the table.

Although, you probably don't want to see evidence of my husband using the soldering iron in the same space.  That even made me a little nervous...  Smiley
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains on: February 15, 2010 12:21:51 PM
A chandelier would be awesome!  Travis does crafty things with LEDs, and we're toying with combining the slides and lights for other crafty projects.

Re: the slides fading from exposure to light - I'm not sure how long it will take for these fade, but I'm sure they will, too.  Hopefully, I can get a good few years or so out of these.  I think Kodachrome is supposed to be more lightfast than E-6 processed slides (Fuji Velvia, Sensia, Kodak Ektachrome, etc), but I have plenty of those as well.  The window on my front door is partially shielded by the roof overhang, especially in the summer, when it only seems to get direct sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon.  Ideally, though, I think these curtains are probably best placed in a north-facing window. 

What I've done with the slides I've collected is to scan in and archive the ones I find most interesting, so at least even if the scan fades to nothing, the image isn't lost forever.  Also, if you're a snap-happy photographer (like me), you wind up with blurred or overly under or over exposed images, so there's not much harm done in using slides like that in a project like this - you still get the stained glass effect in the project, but aren't really destroying a priceless relic.  Smiley

Also, I just wanted to give props to a project I saw on Craftster a few years ago (I think) that kind of inspired this one - someone had come across some Super 8 porn films and used them to wrap around a lampshade.  From far away it was just this really nice, warm, abstract pattern, but up close - Surprise!  Porn!  I have no idea who made that lamp, but it was really awesome.  Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kodachrome Curtains on: February 14, 2010 09:02:57 PM
Thanks everyone!  Smiley

sherryc, it only took about 2 days to do, and we were watching the Olympics coverage the whole time.  It probably would have taken longer if I was working on it by myself, but Travis (lufahsman here on Craftster) was my drill monkey, so we got through it quickly.

I'm considering doing matching living room curtains that incorporate fabric and slides.  I just need to dig out my sewing machine from the huge pile of crap that's on top of it first.   Smiley
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Look what materialized in my living room! on: February 14, 2010 04:06:21 PM
Brilliant!  So much fun!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kodachrome Curtains - Updated! Now with lampy goodness! on: February 14, 2010 11:24:32 AM
So, it's been a while since I've made anything Craftster-worthy, but my husband and I busted out the Dremel tool a few days ago and we made this:





It's a pair of curtains made out of old Kodachrome slides!  I'm really interested in photography, and will buy old cameras in antique and thrift stores in order to develop film that's inside of it.  From time to time, I'll find collections of old slides and will buy those, too.  Last fall, driving back from vacation, we stopped at an antique store outside of Kansas City and I found a box of a ton of old slides, mostly Kodachrome, from the 50s and 60s.



I hate the idea that these pictures would just be resigned to the garbage or something, and wanted to display them (besides just scanning them in and putting them on Flickr - here's a link to my old found negative/slide collection, though, if you want to check that out:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/yarnzombie/sets/72157607000475373/ ).  So, why not make them into a curtain?

Travis has this neat drill press set up for the Dremel tool, so he taped a cardboard jig to it and started drilling all of the little holes.



Then I connected them all together with chainmail rings.



Each panel is made up of 114 slides.  They're connected on top by rings with those little grippy claw things on them.  They're really easy to open and close, and provide privacy and look really neat at the same time.







The only thing I'm not sure about is how long the Kodachrome slides will last in sunlight without fading.  The bottom half of the curtains especially will receive direct sunlight, but I figure if any of them start fading a ton, I can just replace them with other slides.

But it does make pretty patterns in the sunlight... Smiley



Thanks for looking!


eta - Had some slides left over from the curtain, so decided to put those to good use, too.  I started by taping little pieces of paper to one side of the slide...



...and then taping the slides together to make panels - 4 panels of 2 slides by 3 slides, and 1 panel of 2 by 2 slides.



Then Travis (Lufahsman here on Craftster) got some square 1/4" dowel rods and cut them into 4 lengths of 6 1/4" and 8 lengths of 3 1/2".  Who even knew they made square dowel rods?  Not me.  Anyway, I glued them onto the edges of the slide panels, leaving 1/4" hanging off of the bottom for feet.  Sorry I didn't get a pic of this part.  I got excited.  Smiley

Travis also happens to make very cool lamps using old glass insulators, thrifted power supplies, and LEDs.  He made one the other day with two LED bulbs in it.  (Here's a link to one of Travis' posts about making the LED lamps:  http://yarnzombie.net/Travis/?p=146 )



The little Kodachrome lamp shell was just big enough to sit on top of it!



And, here's what it looks like in the dark, being a lamp:


19  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday - 6th March 2009 - First of Spring! on: March 06, 2009 05:19:44 PM
Here's the yarn that kicked my ass!  515 yards, 4.75 oz - it's a Patchwork superwash wool yarn, made from about 8 or 9 different different rovings.  I'm going to make it into socks!



20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 2.20.09! We love Fiber, yes we do! on: February 20, 2009 08:15:35 PM
knkurz, I love the way handspun looks when it's all curly!  Rock that neckwarmer!  Smiley
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