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« on: May 01, 2008 08:56:16 AM »

I made a New Years Resolution to be more Eco friendly, so I decided to refab on old lamp from Goodwill. She was a pain to dismantle but I managed to get her down to the basics. After that came the thought process of what new life it was going to have. So I went with my interpretation of the "Tree of life" . The face represents the wisdom, breaking out of the rock is perseverance, and the swing is youth. 
The base of the tree is constructed of recycled paper pulp. I then used air dry clay for the rock, the face and the bark.
I stripped the old fabric off the shade and painted branch clusters on, you could see them when the lamp is on. I just can't seem to photograph it. Then I covered with green fabric and hid the seams with trim. It even has a fluorescent bulb in it.
All together the cost was probably around $ 5-8.


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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008 09:17:26 AM »

Nicely done!  Good job carving/molding of the tree and face and love that you did some recycling with the basic lamp and the paper pulp.  Was thinking that the swing is a sweet touch until I read the various symbolisms and now appreciate it even more.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008 09:27:54 AM »

I LOVE IT!!

The tree sculpture, that face, and that swing is a perfect touch. Great story behind it too.

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008 09:30:04 AM »

Thanks waterbaby and thegracklegirl!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008 10:06:45 AM »

WOW!!! This entry is completely awesome! The work you did really paid off! I love all of the different symbols and the face!
(It is amazing you saw the potential for something so wonderful in those original pieces. Cheesy)
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008 10:16:24 AM »

it's gorgeous!  I love the swing and the face and the texture!  Great job!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008 10:51:26 AM »

man, that is super. super cool.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008 11:42:31 AM »

Thanks everyone!  Cheesy
My 9 yr old loves the swing too. She swings her little toys on it.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008 12:10:00 PM »

The swing is the best!
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2008 04:31:43 PM »

Too awesome!
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2008 06:13:50 PM »

The swing is the best part. Very whimsical and sweet!
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2008 10:26:52 PM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008 03:02:05 PM »

What a beautiful reminder to stay green and eco-friendly!
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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008 09:39:03 PM »

Wow, what a great concept. It has meaning behind it    Grin

Hey, my grandmas has that original shell lamp. HAHA
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2008 04:24:58 AM »

Thanks everyone. The lamp is still standing tall. I was a little worried about the kitten attacking it but no incidents yet.
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