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« on: June 12, 2006 01:33:44 PM »

We have all of these ugly floor lamps.  I have no idea why/where they came from, but I think we have 4 or 5 of them that aren't being used & are randomly stored in closets - I think they breed like gremlins after midnight.  Wink  So with lots of beads, aluminum foil, a round cookie sheet, and the oven...here's a new shade for one of them.  Smiley

I'm off to buy more beads, because these colors don't really match anything, I just wanted to goof around... Smiley  I hope to make a blue/green and maybe a red/purple this week.  I suppose it depends on the bead selection/sales.

The original is on the left (I hope that's obvious...hehe).


 

Off its base/bottom view...


Off its base/top view...

See next post for more images/info...

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2006 01:34:49 PM »

More pix...
All beaded & ready to bake!


15 mins in @ 350, things are gettin' mushy...


Half-hour or so in...


45 mins (?)... is that creamed corn?...
(I had to dremel the center hole out once it cooled, 'cause it closed a tad too much Wink)


The old shade is good for something finally...a mold for the new shade...


Glittery beads rule my world...

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2006 02:08:24 PM »

Woah, that thing is so cool! I should try that sometime...

did you just use regular pony beads?
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006 02:11:11 PM »

Yup, mostly.  Smiley

Red, Yellow & white were pony.  The glittery iredescent are lil' ponies?  Then I had some stands of old necklace beads, that turned out to be dark grey coated beads...but they were really metal - they turned out kidna neat though.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2006 02:13:08 PM »

 Shocked WOW  I'm sick with jealousy!!!  Its beautiful and I wanna make one too. Have you used a certain type of beads or just any so long as they are plastic and therefore meltable  ( is meltable a word??)

Please let me know what sort of beads if they are a special sort. Its such a good idea so thanks for sharing and giving me a sleepless night Cheesy cos now I have seen this I won't be able to sleep for planning how I'm gonna make one and its 11.10pm here in Holland and I have to be at work at 6am and I'm gonna have to wait until weekend before I can get busy and oh God how am I gonna last until then?? Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2006 02:27:32 PM »

Melted beads are taking over Craftster!

That's really pretty, and the in-progress pics are cool.  It's neat (and helpful!) to see how they look as they melt.


                          ...and you could always send it my way...it matches my stuff perfectly  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2006 02:34:53 PM »

Hehe!!  You're too funny!

Pony beads worked GREAT here.  The solid colors melted faster, but neither solid or translucent caused any probs.
Octagonal beads work... tiffie1023 used them, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740604.0
Triangular beads work but they took a long time when I made an itty bitty bowl (my first one!) yesterday... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740604.0
Random chunky plastic beads & things... even plastic army men.  Wink

Seed beads suck.  Shocked

Mardi gras necklaces are your friend, as well.  Grin

Careful of fumes... I opened all windows, had the turbo exhaust fan on & didn't go on that level of the house unless I had to.  Smiley  You never know what's toxic & what isn't... (or I don't at least!).
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2006 02:35:40 PM »

Holy moly Jean, that is AWESOME! I so have a similar, but way worse, lamp and I think I might need to try something like that.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006 02:40:33 PM »

Melted beads are taking over Craftster!

                          ...and you could always send it my way...it matches my stuff perfectly  Wink

They ARE taking over!  I, for one, am addicted.  Hehe.. I don't know if the stained glass-like appearance, or just the actual productive nature of getting to melt stuff?  tee hee!

I might send it to you!  I'm gonna hold on to it for a week or so, my MIL wants to see it when she visits next week.  But unless my boy wants it... I don't really know where I'm gonna stick it anyway Wink

Holy moly Jean, that is AWESOME! I so have a similar, but way worse, lamp and I think I might need to try something like that.

They really do multiple...!!  I can't wait to make a blue green one... I'm so excited!  I never left the house though.. Sad  I hate the busy road to drive down to get to the good bead store.

Hmm... I'm calling Country Dollar (it's just like a Dollar General, but craftier!) they are just a block away...buhaha... they are gonna think I'm fruity.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2006 03:30:53 PM »

Holy moly Jean! Those are incredible! I planned on a pretty damper evening scrounging through my craft closet to see what I wanted to do, and now I know!!!!!
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