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Topic: Art "glass" lampshade--out of Fruit Roll-ups and gummi candy!  (Read 25173 times)
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« on: October 03, 2008 04:55:52 AM »



As much fun as I had with the Dollar Store challenge and my crazy conceptual wedding gown, this time I wanted to make something I could actually use. This seemed to eliminate most clothing options (eccentric as my fashions may sometimes be, I didn't see myself getting much wear out of, say, a popcorn-string-fringed flapper dress). But I was looking for a new glass shade for the lamp in the living room. Ever since the old one had been broken some months ago, I had simply draped a scarf over the naked bulb, Bohemian fire-hazard-style.

So I went down to the Fred Meyer, where I bought:
1 jar of Pickles @ $2.00.
3 packages of Fruit Roll-Ups (2 "Blastin Berry Hot Colors" and 1 "Tropical Tie-Dye") @ $2.99 apiece
2 rolls of individually-wrapped "natural" fruit leather (Apricot and Green Apple) from the produce aisle @ $.44 apiece
About 1/3 lb of gummi candies from the Brach's bulk kiosk, $1.20


Total: $13.05

At home, I quickly decanted the pickles into other containers and soaked the label off the jar with hot soapy water. To my delight, I found the jar fit perfectly into the housing of the lamp.

I unrolled the fruit roll-ups (putting them in the freezer for a few minutes first, I found, helps keep them from sticking to themselves and tearing) and sprayed them all over with several coats of clear acrylic spray gloss. (Don't use Mod Podge for this; it just melts into a gooey mess.) I picked out the Orange and Green Apple gummi candies from the Brach's bag and did the same to them. Here they are drying in the sun:
   

The fruit roll-ups never got quite as stiff as I was expecting--it was more like working with sheets of wax. I used a peacock feather stained-glass pattern I found here http://chantalstainedglass.50megs.com/2peacocksuncatcher.html as a rough guide.

 I cut out the pieces with scissors:

 
Then, using a generous amount of rubber cement, I glued the pieces one by one onto the pickle jar. The technique felt reminiscent of papier-mch. Rubber cement wasn't quite strong enough for the gummi candies though--those I had to reinforce with super glue.

When I was done, I let it dry, then sprayed the whole lampshade with several more coats of the acrylic gloss. Here it is, finally finished:
And a few close-up details:
It's hard to capture in a photo the richness and subtlety of the layered colors with the light shining through.

I'm really happy with how it turned out--so far no one who's come over has guessed that I made it, much less what it's made of. And best of all, my lamp is no longer pitifully naked in the corner.

Thanks for checking out my entry!







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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008 05:04:29 AM »

That is so cool! I wouldn't have thought of using a glass jar for a lampshade.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008 05:08:16 AM »

That is great!  Great use of imagination!  It is soooo colorful.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008 05:10:29 AM »

this is so cute and fancy!  great job it really looks like stained glass!
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008 05:13:57 AM »

This is beautiful! Love it!
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008 05:29:50 AM »

This is fabulous.  What a clever use of foodstuffs.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008 05:40:03 AM »

beautiful!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2008 06:00:01 AM »


I had simply draped a scarf over the naked bulb, Bohemian fire-hazard-style.


I literally laughed out loud when I read that.  Just thought you should know.

And I think that your idea is great.  The lampshade came out absolutely gorgeous!  Great job on making something both functional and beautiful.  This is *the* most random question, but I feel it must be asked:  when the jar heats up, do the fruit leathers smell nice?  The only reason I ask is because we used to smear a bit of vanilla extract or perfume on our light bulbs (probably not the safest thing to do, but hey) and when the lights were on, it would scent the room.
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2008 06:54:03 AM »

Wow! So beautifultacular! There was an episode of Daria way back in the day when Jane was going to do something like that but her boyfriend ate all of her gummi bears.
When I saw that I hadn't imagined something this pretty.
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2008 07:18:03 AM »

fantastic
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2008 07:28:38 AM »

Wow!  That is awesome.  I love the colors.  Does it get mushy at all from the heat?
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2008 07:29:33 AM »

awesome possum!!!
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2008 08:02:27 AM »

so pretty and functional! Few questions: how did you get the jar to stay on there? Did you know it would be a perfect fit? The bottom is still on the jar, right? Doesn't it get hot?
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2008 11:30:44 AM »

Oooo I like this! Very cool. This is my favorite so far!
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2008 12:19:08 PM »

That's really cool!!!  I love people's creativity on here. 

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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2008 06:33:15 PM »

This is great! I love how it came out
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2008 08:12:57 PM »

I love it! Definitely a creative choice for this challenge, and very well executed!
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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2008 10:33:55 PM »

Hey I remember your dollar-store bridal gown, it was fabulous!  I love your lampshade, it turned out so cool, very creative!!
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2008 06:01:27 AM »

This is terrific!  I would never have though to use gummies and fruit rollups to create a stained art looking lampshade.  Kudos on your creativity!
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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2008 08:10:09 AM »

That is so creative!  Looks great on the lamp!
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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2008 10:16:40 AM »

That is so very cool, and very creative!
Does the acyrlic glass seal it, like will you be able to use this forever or will it eventually have to be thrown out because it's candy/food?
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« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2008 03:34:42 PM »

Super awesome!
Love the peacock feather look - perfect!
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« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2008 07:06:09 PM »

So cute and yummy! I love gummy candy!
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« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2008 07:58:56 PM »

freakin brilliant. 
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« Reply #26 on: October 04, 2008 09:13:29 PM »

awesome! I told DH your lampshade was made of candy and he thought it was so cool. then i told him it wasn't edible and he was very disappointed. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2008 09:37:33 PM »

That turned out so beautiful! I have the same lamps, the kids broke the glass shade years ago, and I just replaced them with stuff from the home store. I love your idea, but I have some of the same questions as the other posters about the longevity of this shade.
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« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2008 11:00:23 AM »

that is so cool! great idea i love it Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2008 10:27:18 PM »

Thanks, everyone, for all your compliments! I'll try to answer as many of the questions as I can remember.

Re: how the jar fits. The metal housing of the lamp has three long screws that you can adjust to fit under the "lip" of the original shade. They fit pretty well into the grooves where the top of the jar screws on. As for heat, I have a compact fluorescent bulb in there now, and while the shade is faintly warm to the touch, it's nowhere near hot enough to break the glass.

The fruit roll-ups have hardened somewhat and I think they'll hold up well, but the gummi candies swell a bit when the lamp has been on for a while, and I may have to replace them eventually as they lose their shape. The acryllic sealant seems to work pretty well, though--I'm not worried about anything going bad, nor does it seem to attract bugs. 
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Wow I love it! The color scheme is rockin and I love that it's made of candy too of course. Looks great plugged in!
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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2008 01:13:19 PM »

does the heat of the lamp cause it to melt?   great job
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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2008 07:24:28 AM »

I love this! The bight colors are very inviting! It would be a great addition to a living room or a bedroom! It would go great in my livingroom! Smiley



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The heat actually seems to have hardened up the fruit roll-ups somewhat. That part feels pretty solid now. The gummi candies do get a bit soft when the lamp is on, but they're so well-shellacked they don't "melt" exactly--it's more like a Vitamin E capsule, with a distinct "skin" holding in a gel interior. You can pit it with your finger and it will gradually swell back to its original shape. If it becomes a problem, I'll just replace the candies with a border made of more fruit roll-ups.


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« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2008 04:35:57 AM »

Looks good enough to eat. Wink Oh wait...
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« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2008 08:48:09 AM »

Very interesting, and lovely! Who would have though fruit roll ups make great decor?
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« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2008 10:53:46 AM »

that final photo is stunning!

How unbelievably lucky you are that the jar fit the lamp base! It is truly beautiful and a work of art!

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« Reply #42 on: October 27, 2008 10:41:45 PM »

This may be a silly question, but does the lightbulb get hot enough that you should worry about the candy melting?
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« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2009 03:05:30 PM »

that is crazily crafty and creative...

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