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« on: May 05, 2008 12:57:27 PM »

So there I was, wandering the local junk store when I passed an aged box of marbles and craft sticks.  I’d seen it many times before, in the back of the store with all the other unloved, unpopular stuff.  But this time I looked more closely and I realized the marbles were “fried”.  I remembered making fried marbles with my mum many, many years ago.  I picked up the box, bargained down the price to a couple of dollars and left the store wondering how I was gonna explain yet another box-’o-crap to hubby.

I got the box home and discovered it was once a lamp.  Sadly almost every craft stick was bent or warped and many of the marbles were missing.  

So I did what any of you would do, I googled fried marbles. That’s when I stumbled across your great site.  Then I found the contests.  I clicked on the wonderful examples and “The Stacked Wooden Slats – Lantern” by nemka caught my eye.

I spent the last week gluing (under $5 for fancy glue) crafts sticks (box of 1,000=$3.84) and marbles.  By spacing the marbles further apart I was able to stretch the supply.  The original socket and wiring was in good shape so that saved $$. Even the light bulb still worked!!!

Here goes!

As Found, missing many marbles and kinda warped


Rebuilt!!!
daytime


nighttime

Thanks for looking!
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sf craftster
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 01:43:50 PM »

ooh! that is so pretty all lit-up. good job fixing it! do you think it was hand-made to begin with? just lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 02:06:07 PM »

Oh wow, such detail and fun!!! It looks great  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 03:03:27 PM »

This is great!  Must have been fun to put this together - and what a result!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 04:39:10 PM »

Wow!  That turned out awesome!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 05:49:38 PM »

Very pretty and what a novel idea!
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008 06:36:44 PM »

I love the way it looks lit, like a cabin. I never even heard of fried marbles before!
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 10:43:41 AM »

That is absolutely amazing!  I believe it's one of the most beautiful lamps I've ever seen. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008 02:00:08 PM »

oh wow...that is stunning!  Rhe color, the light, the shape....it makes me so very happy!!  Great job and WELCOME to Crafster!!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 08:12:59 PM »

You guys are so sweet!!!  Thank you for such kind words. 

sf craftster - you ask if I think the original was hand made.  Hard to tell.  Whoever made it was very exact.  Every stick was glued perfectly.  BUT, the actual light fixture was not professionally installed (there were bits of wire showing).

mandodeb - it was definitely fun to do.  One of those crafts that has delightfully tedious parts and intriguingly demanding parts.

AidanNia -I guess it does look like a log cabin.  Oddly enough, I live in a log home  Cheesy   I remember doing fried marbles with Mum.  All the sizzling and crackling!  Around 1964.  About the same age of the original lamp.

I love anything that makes me smile. That lamp, with the sparkling brightly colorful marbles and the memories of my youth, makes me smile.

Thanks again.  You are all so sweet.  See, that lamp brought me to Craftster and all of you.  Now THAT makes me smile  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2008 05:18:53 PM »

That is awesome! The glow of the light coming out through the marble and between the sticks is just cool!
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Jeane
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008 07:08:52 PM »

That is just beautiful! I remember making fried marbles too! Too bad mom and I weren't smart enough to remember they were HOT when they hit the ground... never try to pick up marbles that pop out of a pan. Shocked
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I would love to get together with others in the area and have a day of crafting while emptying that "extra" (is there such a thing?) supplies! If interested PM me!!
jwill
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008 08:16:54 PM »

hmmm.. I've never heard of fried marbles before. I think I'm going to have to look into them!! Very curious. But anyways, I love your lamp. The colors and wood, and everything!! Good job fixing it up!
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2008 08:29:57 AM »

I am sorry that you didn't win on this contest - I really love that you saved it from being lost. 

The consolation is that you get to keep this awesome lamp.  It is wonderful.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2008 07:52:02 AM »

What an AMAZING rescue!

This lamp is so beautiful now! You did an incredible job. You can tell a lot of love and time went in to repairing this.
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