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« on: May 22, 2009 10:14:44 AM »

I'm sure this goes on more of a recycling board, but right now I can't seem to find where to post it, and it has embroidery, so it'll hang out here for awhile.  Recently I've seen all sorts of cool uses for fused plastic bags, so I thought I'd try my hand at it, and make a project I've been trying to do for awhile... a handmade lamp!



Here it is all glowy.  The frame was made by hand by gluing together some wood dowels.  Also, you can get these great lights called "stick up bulbs" that are little cordless battery operated bulbs. They're supposed to go in closets but they make great lamp lights.  All you need is a cover!  Here's a shot of it with the light off.



I embroidered the plastic after I had it glued to the frame, so it was essentially "hooped".  Transferring the design was tricky, but I managed.  So now I have a lamp!  Oh, and it wasn't really meant to be a Target lamp, but that's apparently the only place I get plastic bags.  O well...
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009 10:21:31 AM »

how adorable! and practical.. awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009 10:28:02 AM »

That's cool !
But you might want to be careful with the plastic bags and the heat of the lamp ... they catch fire really quickly ... so pay attention to that !
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009 10:30:57 AM »

The bulb I used didn't seem to get very hot, but that's certainly a good thing to keep an eye on....
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009 10:45:32 AM »

That's neat! What other things have you done with plastic bags?
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009 10:47:14 AM »

I havent tried anything else myself, but I've seen them turned into reusable bags, hats, totes, and even a laptop case!  Now that I know how to fuse plastic, I'll have to try out lots of things...
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009 03:09:52 PM »

The bulb I used didn't seem to get very hot, but that's certainly a good thing to keep an eye on....

Our chemical teacher had made some tapes where he put different kinds of materials in flames to see if it burned (fast - slow) or didn't
Plastic bags were gone in seconds...
Were cool tapes Cheesy

I have never seen a hat of plastic bags, haha Cheesy
You can also make strips of them and crochet or knit something
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009 10:00:36 PM »

Cool!
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2009 09:36:46 PM »

Have you tried long life bulbs?  they don't get as hot as normal bulbs.  Nice idea for a childs room - you can embroider all sorts of story characters on the lamp..
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