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« on: July 01, 2009 11:33:16 AM »

I am so happy with the way this project turned out!

I've been wanting to try this project for a long time! I used photo transfer gel to transfer photos to a plain white lampshade. The photos were taken in Sitka, Alaska

First I printed copies of photos I wanted to use. Make sure they are the right size to cover your project! The makers of the transfer gel, however, suggest using high quality copies, as ink jet print outs may fade over time.

The gel is also a glue! I used wax paper or freezer paper to cover the table.

I applied the gel in three coats, allowing each one to dry. The first coat must be vertical, the second horizontal, the third diagonal. It took about half an hour for each coat to dry.

The images have to soak in warm water for ten minutes. After they soaked, I put them face down on a vinyl tablecloth.

While the images were still wet, I peeled away the paper from the back. This step was hard, as it came off in very small chunks. The directions recommend gently buffing the paper with a lint-free towel to wipe away the bulk of the paper.

I let the paper dry and then applied it to the lamp. First I applied a thin layer of the gel to the shade, applied the paper, and then painted another thin layer over that. Then I trimmed away a little extra paper from the top and bottom and folded it under! The gel is pretty sticky, so it holds well.


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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009 11:43:24 AM »

so awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009 11:49:05 AM »

I like that it looks awesome both on and off.  Nice job!

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009 12:04:46 PM »

Very cool!  I like the way it looks when the light is on. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009 12:18:20 PM »

Can I have it?

Seriously. I LOVE that! It's gorgeous!

« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009 12:40:20 PM »

Great job! That looks amazing. I like the photos your choose.

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2009 02:05:02 PM »

I just love this!  I've wanted to use some photos for a lampshade but had no idea how to do it at a reasonable price for ages!  Thanks so much for including a tutorial.  Consider this bookmarked and rocked.

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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2009 03:13:51 PM »

I hit the "this rocks" button. Its such a good idea. Is there any specific brand of gel you used?

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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2009 03:14:21 PM »

I never knew transfer gel existed!  Excellent project!
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2009 03:43:50 PM »

Yes, definitely bookmarked, and another this rocks. I love anything lighting.

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