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« on: May 05, 2006 05:22:19 AM »

My wife is the crafter in the house, and I am more of an ideas/concepts person. I have aided her on some of her projects, but am not really into crafting. So, long story short, after seeing some examples from previous swaps, I had an idea for something unique, but my wife had other ideas. Hence, she forced me to do my own crafting.  Tongue Hehehe.

The concept was to not necessarily alter the art, but turn the art into something functional. So, I found this print of a sea scape at one of our local thrift shops. It was a pretty good find, considering the thrift shops here don't have too much variety. Since the picture was a sea scape, I went to Michaels and bought some stickers, shells, and charms. I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought a small lamp shade. Here is a picture of my starting materials.



For the lamp shade, I peeled off the fabric, so that I would have a template to trace onto the picture for cutting the picture to fit the lamp shade. After cutting the picture to fit, I hot glued the picture to the bottom of the shade, pulled the picture taut, and hot glued the picture along the top of the shade.

Once the picture was affixed to the shade, I hot glued shells along the top and bottom of the shade, to give it some type of border. I had originally thought about beading, but decided against that, and kept with an ocean theme. At this point, I wasn't quite happy with the product because it was a little too plain. So, I went and bought some Sea Oat like plant from Joanne's. I trimmed the oats to size and hot glued them along the bottom of the shade. Then as a finishing touch, I took little charms (starfish, shells, seahorses, etc...) and hot glued them between the oats.

So, here is the finished product.

This first picture is with the camera flash on. This is so you can see the details.



The second picture is with the camera flash off. As you can see, it looks like a sunset, and you can still make out the landscape from the painting.



I hope everyone enjoys.

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2006 05:37:55 AM »

Wow, really cool! Great job. I would put this in my room, it would match perfectly.
I love the glow it gives when its dark.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2006 05:47:00 AM »

I LOOOOVE that you not only altered the art but made it into something functional too!  I can see this lamp shade in a New England beach cottage or in a beach themed  room.

I think this is my favorite so far!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2006 08:37:26 AM »

What a nice glow when you turn it on.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2006 09:46:26 AM »

That's VERY cool!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2006 09:53:01 AM »

It looks so cool lit up.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006 04:59:23 PM »

very creative  Grin  makes me long for the beaches at sunset.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2006 05:05:23 PM »

You really took the challenge to another level.  Very creative!
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2006 05:24:05 PM »

I wasn't sure I'd like it. I just wanted to say I don't like it. I love it!
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2006 05:29:40 PM »

that is fabulous!
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2006 12:53:01 AM »

Im sorry to tell ya but your A Crafter Grin very cool Idea .
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2006 01:36:27 AM »

Totally swank!  I love it when the fellas get all crafty!
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2006 06:00:16 AM »

That is So wonderful....
But I worry that it's got to be as flammable as all get out!
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2006 06:46:05 AM »

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

As for flamability, my father-in-law said the same thing.  Shocked  I don't think the picture or the shells have a flash-point which can be attained with a lightbulb. As for the oats, it may be ok if you use a low watt bulb, a flourescent bulb, or a light source with low heat output. I haven't researched it, but you may also be able to get the plants pretreated with a flame-retardant.

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. I haven't researched it, but you may also be able to get the plants pretreated with a flame-retardant.

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Good idea!
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2006 07:52:41 AM »

You got my vote! I just like the way it glows.  It really reminds me of sunset on the beach. 

Great job!

I hope more people vote for you!
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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2006 12:50:48 AM »

Hey!  This is soooo cool!  I want this lamp!  You did a great job!  So creative!
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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2006 01:53:52 PM »

Wonderful!  It looks amazing with the light on too.
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2006 03:51:31 PM »

Dude I love that! Seashells are my most favorite thing in the whole wide world.
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