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Topic: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!)  (Read 12258 times)
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« on: October 22, 2009 04:21:01 AM »

While we were living in Melbourne in '07, my daughter attended a daycare centre across the road from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It was a funny old neighbourhood which was a mix of upper-crust terrace houses, run-down old apartment blocks and a few disused shops. I found this old light shade out the back of one of the aforementioned shops and eyed it covetously for a couple of weeks before getting the balls to swipe it from the dumpster. Needless to say, I received a few odd looks on the tram when carting this filthy, mouldy old health hazard home. Grin

The lamp base was a nasty old brass touch-lamp from my childhood which had gone spotty and was minus the original etched glass shade (it broke when I moved house). A few coats of gloss spray paint made it purty. I covered the shade in fabric from a pillowcase bought for 50c from the op shop, trimmed it with rayon gimp from the local sewing shop and bought some gorgeous faceted beads from a $2 shop.




Before: Covered in cream taffeta that would have been quite lovely before being left at the mercy of a Victorian Winter:




Mould. Ick.






Fabric removed; about to tackle the polyester binding wrapped around the frame:




The original binding was really nasty, fibrous stuff that kept getting up my nose. Makes me itchy just thinking about that crap.




Naked!




New binding done:



Finished!







There are a few niggling imperfections that the casual observer wouldn't notice, but I'm pretty darn happy with how it turned out.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2009 04:34:45 AM »

Love it!  *this rocks*
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009 05:52:40 AM »

That is awesome!
Stylish. Can I have one? Tongue
I totally could've broken into your house and stolen it. I was only in Melbourne last weekend.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2009 05:58:54 AM »

Heh. Thanks. I don't live in Melbourne anymore... we lived there temporarily for seven months (work stuff). You'd have to come to Brisvegas to pinch my lamp. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2009 06:45:17 AM »

this is beautiful! what a great redo!
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2009 06:55:13 AM »

Ooh, nice! I probably wouldn't have pinched it out of the dumpster, but only because I'd have just bought it!

What's the purpose of the binding around the frame wires?
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2009 08:45:41 AM »

LOVE what you did with it!
Totally awesome!
People who give the weird looks just can't comprehend the possibilities and vision what it could be haha
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009 09:13:01 AM »

That is really lovely. Good job!
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009 09:38:57 AM »

this is really amazing! i love how it's redone! so creative! great job Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009 11:24:58 AM »

excellent work, and hooray for dumpster finds!  Besides, getting strange looks from others is one of the funniest parts of raiding other people's trash. Smiley
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