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Topic: From skanky & mouldy to fabulously gothic: poisonflower lamp (IMG OBESE!)  (Read 13821 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!
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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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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2009 12:20:38 PM »

This is really great. And I agree on the strange looks. They just don't have the imagination!!  Cheesy I love this!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2009 02:16:20 PM »

Bleah- gross to start with, but it gorgeous now! People who look at you strangely when you're carting home junk just have no vision.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2009 03:56:27 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2009 05:32:15 PM »

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?

It's a quick-and-dirty, no-sew way of attaching fabric to a wire shade. You wrap the frame in bias binding, glue it down and then cut out individual pieces of fabric to glue to each face of the frame. My mother-in-law taught me this method years ago and it's quite effective. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2009 06:03:50 PM »

I can see why you coveted this. It's a lovely re con.
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2009 07:58:18 PM »

Oh, this is really lovely and well done.  I am all about recycling! 
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2009 12:11:55 AM »

And you SHOULD be pretty darn happy with it! It is lovely! Great work!
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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2009 12:59:03 AM »

Beautifully done!
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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2009 04:14:20 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?

It's a quick-and-dirty, no-sew way of attaching fabric to a wire shade. You wrap the frame in bias binding, glue it down and then cut out individual pieces of fabric to glue to each face of the frame. My mother-in-law taught me this method years ago and it's quite effective. Smiley

So *that's* how that's done! I've always wondered, but never taken one apart for myself.

I'll say it again-that's a GREAT recon!
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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2009 04:55:27 AM »

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this turned out so well. i would love it in my house. great find and great makeover.
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2009 05:15:51 AM »

wow i bloomin love it, great imagination and vision
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2009 10:49:36 AM »

This lamp is GORGEOUS!
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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2009 11:00:49 AM »

Oh my.... that is damn beautiful.
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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2009 12:07:11 PM »

What a great shape lamp to work with, I think you've done a fantastic job on it, it works really well.
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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2009 12:53:28 PM »

Wow, that is too cool!  What a gorgeous reconstruction!
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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2009 01:57:45 PM »

Holy crap! That is lovely.
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« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2009 02:57:06 PM »

Super freakin cool! love the contrast in blacks. It gives it a very expensive, well planed out look. It's hard to pop in monochromatic (especially black!) But you did a great job!
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« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2009 04:42:04 PM »

Great find! Astonishing make-over! Well done!
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« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2009 07:35:22 PM »

This rocks!  Excellent recon!  Such gothy, Victorian goodness! 

I'm so jealous that you have a lamp that Morticia Addams would absolutely put in her house.
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« Reply #29 on: October 24, 2009 09:41:01 AM »

This is very beautiful. Cheesy  What a great find.. It looks great both on and off.
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« Reply #30 on: October 24, 2009 12:39:04 PM »

That is stunning. I would plunk down some serious money for that lamp. 

Some of my best pieces of furniture and decor are dumpster finds and I am always excited when someone else takes a piece of nastty disgusting trash and turns it into something that could be photographed for a magazine. Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2009 04:00:30 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful!!
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« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2009 04:15:37 AM »

Wow... I honestly never expected so many replies! Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone. Grin

Super freakin cool! love the contrast in blacks. It gives it a very expensive, well planed out look. It's hard to pop in monochromatic (especially black!) But you did a great job!

The frame sat in my craft room for several months while I a)formulated a plan of attack, and b)searched for the perfect fabric. I immediately knew that I wanted to use a murky green taffeta for the lamp body, but finding anything like that in fabric stores proved to be impossible. Thank goodness for op shops (goodwill)- we have about nine of them in my local shopping precinct.


 
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« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2009 09:09:44 PM »

Sooo awesome!!
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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2009 08:44:21 AM »

very nifty!  I love it!
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« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2010 03:56:56 PM »

This is beautiful! Great find & even better recon   Smiley
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