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« on: April 01, 2004 09:31:40 AM »

Okay, I searched the forum for a post like this and found none so forgive me if you've seen something like it...

This is my neat little fish-tank lamp. I'm an architecture student at Philadelphia University and this was a project for a Building Technology class. We were to make a lighting device from recycling materials.

I used an old fish tank. My goldfish is so fat he outgrew this tank. I drilled a hole in the bottom of it so the wiring could go through. Then I just screwed my assembled light bulb and fixture stuff inside (I used separate parts but they do sell lighting kits at like Home Depot).
The rest of the tank was kinda fun. In the back, I glued in some aluminum foil, slightly crinkly. Then on the sides of the tank, I glued some shiny metallic green paper. Then (this was the fun part) I took some Swedish fish and ran fishing line through them. Then I hot glued the non-fished ends of the line to the lid of the tank.
The last pic should show how my electric cord comes out the bottom and through a slot in the back (the tank is elevated a little naturally, so the bottom of the tank doesn't sit flat on any surface, it has 'legs')

Here it is with the light on!
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2004 09:41:22 AM »

heehee...this lamp is awesome...for some reason i think it would look good in a bathroom..dont ask me why!  but it is really cool
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2004 09:57:03 AM »

Very nifty idea there!  You have inspired me.  We have several old (small) fish tanks and some of that neon  multi colored stone. I'm picturing it done up with a black light ?  Weekend Project !! yay!~
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2004 11:19:06 AM »

RandomVoyeur, i agree with you, this is a lamp made for the bathroom! i love it! it looks sooooooo good!
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2004 08:11:21 PM »

It even kinda goes with my bathroom too, it's decorated with teal accessories and towels like the top of the tank
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2004 10:18:36 PM »

i agree.  even before seeing the project, i always thought a real fishtank of would be nice in the bathroom.  you'd always have a friend to say good morning and good night to!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2004 11:38:35 AM »

i agree.  even before seeing the project, i always thought a real fishtank of would be nice in the bathroom.  you'd always have a friend to say good morning and good night to!

ALthough I'd feel sorry for any fish that'd have to see me in the bath  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2004 05:08:25 PM »

woohoo!  i love it!  i want to make one with a small "old-fashioned" fishbowl and a smaller light and little castles etc.  thrift store, here i come.

p.s. did you just use a normal glass bit to drill the hole for the wiring?
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2004 03:32:56 PM »

That's very cool!
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2004 01:24:36 PM »

Very Creative!  Shocked
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