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Topic: Film Strip Lamp (Muppet Style)  (Read 1682 times)
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« on: February 20, 2010 12:45:05 PM »

Awhile back my amazing projectionist friend gave me some old movie trailers. I had them for awhile and tried to figure out what to do with these awesome materials. Then, when we were going through my grandma's stuff, I found these old lamps and the light bulb went off. Smiley I made my first lamp out of a Harry Potter and The Half Blooded Prince and to be honest it was a major learning experience. It's not bad but not worth posting here. A few months later my friend said that she had forgotten to give me one more trailer she found in a box somewhere....

Yup, The Muppet Christmas Carol! Which, in my opinion, is the best Christmas Carol ever made!  My boyfriend/bestfriend and I LOVE the Muppets and so I knew I had to make my man a lamp with this trailer. And here are the results:

Each strip was about 25 frames each.

The problem with the last lamp I made was the ends of the cord were dangling down and I didn't know what else to do. BUT the BF suggested that I make a make-shift hem for the top and the bottom. I "sewed' the hems, that were about a frame a piece, knotted the ends and burned them for a nice seal. I thought it gave it a nice semi-professional feel.

Since the film already had holes on the sides it only made sense to sew them together.  That took the most time for me because I was using a tiny crochet hook. I tried using a yarn needle but it kept breaking the film. Sad Here's when it was still in process of sewing:

You should have seen his face when I told him that was his gift. It made all those hours worth it.  Grin The lamp it's on isn't that powerful so  I think we're going to look for another lamp to replace it.  Smiley Let me know what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010 03:35:30 PM »

I think I'm very jealous, as to you having all those trailers to work with and that I am a self professed lamp whore. That rocks. Litterally. Hitting button

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2010 07:44:33 PM »

Your lamp is ridiculously awesome!!
I am a big Muppet nerd. I still get excited every time I drive by Jim Henson Studios.

As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.
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