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« on: August 24, 2006 09:20:05 PM »

I actually made this last winter out of some beads and a chopped up rice paper lamp:

I trimmed off the bottom of the rice paper shade (you need wire cutters to snip the coil), glued the excess rice paper up into the shape, reshaped the metal inside brace.I had to add two little wire loops to the lower edge of the rice paper shade to make the brace stay and not poke holes in the paper.

Then I strung a bunch of beads on fishing line (this took forever) and tied them to the top of the lamp. I painted the top of the lamp shade with dyenaflow, a fabric paint. It was originally solid blue.

There are several things I would change:
1. tie the bead strands to the lower edge of the lamp instead of the top, even though this requires more bead strings. A real beading needle is enormously helpful, as I learned halfway through.

2. I would stick with one or two bead colors.

3. The brace-bending needs to be done right the first time, as the wire is brittle and will snap if you keep messing with it.

4. Add some kind of frilly thing hanging from the middle, like a real jellyfish. Not sure what kind of material to use - maybe more rice paper, crumpled and painted? Otherwise it just looks a lot like a frilly lampshade.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006 10:28:02 PM »

That is so simple and makes such a difference on the lampshade! Very very clever.

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2006 10:55:04 AM »

Funkyyyy! It really does look like a jelly fish  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006 09:02:48 PM »

Simple and clever.  Neat idea.
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006 10:57:09 AM »

That is so cool.  It looks very jelly like.  It would be cool if you used paper or fabric to make those frilly things that hang down from the middle of jellyfish bells.

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2006 04:02:15 PM »

Wow! That is a way cool lamp. I imagine painting rice paper is a delicate process. Great job!

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2006 03:54:28 AM »

Very nice. I'm now eyeing my own lamp...so boring and....cream...and not jelly-fishy at all. I think it's scared.

Great work!

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007 09:34:55 PM »

I love this! I have this koi lantern that doesn't even have a light attached to it.  I'm not attached to the koi, maybe I'll paint the whole thing and do this... I love stringy pretty beaded things  Cheesy  Thanks for the awesome tute and the "what not to do" list, too! 

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i was musing whatto do with my rice paper lanterns, now i know Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2007 01:30:48 PM »

Wow thats awesome.


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