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Title: DIY IQ lights
Post by: julibooli on March 03, 2008 06:55:55 PM
So, has everyone seen the IQ lightwww.iqlight.com (http://www.iqlight.com)? It's pretty awesome. BUT no self respecting craftster would pay $30 for 30 pieces of plastic, right? So I decided to make my own. I got a template from Readymade Magazine, but I modified it for two pieces on a page. You see, I just printed out the template on cardstock and cut out the shape!

Here's the template:


In order to cut out the little hooks, I used a hole punch so I didn't have to get into those tiny curves with my scissors. Made the work much easier!

My first lamp used 28 pieces:


And I'm not sure how many pieces are in my second lamp. I also am not sure how I made this!


I'm using 60w bulbs, and since the paper is not very close to the bulb I'm not really worried about fires. I'm using extension cords and added switches so that I can easily turn the lights on and off (my sockets are incredibly inconvenient).

This is a really neat project. It's amazing to see what you can make with just one shape. This would be fun to do with kids old enough to handle sharp scissors. Girl scouts maybe?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: nofury on March 03, 2008 06:58:58 PM
Wow! That is seriously beautiful!!! What month of Readymade did you get it from? Did you just shrink the template to get 2 to a page?

Awesome job!

Oh, and I'm heard they have spray you can use on paper like this for lamp shades etc to make it fire resistant.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Kymy on March 03, 2008 07:05:59 PM
That is SO awesome!!!  How long did they take to make?  Did you use a tutorial?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Buns on March 03, 2008 07:11:36 PM
This rocks 100%!!  I love it!  How did you hold them in place to one another?  When I move into my next house, I am SOOO going to mess around with this!

Again, you rock!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: suganspyyce on March 03, 2008 07:17:39 PM
Wow, that was my next project!!  lol.  I bought the materials some time ago but just haven't gotten around to it.  Yours look really neat.  Any plans on making an even bigger one? 


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: butofcourse on March 03, 2008 07:33:50 PM
those are amazing and sooo lovely!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: queensqueeze on March 03, 2008 07:39:28 PM
That is SO awesome!!!  How long did they take to make?  Did you use a tutorial?
Click on the iq light link in the original post, heaps of instructions on assembling.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: MonkeyBrains on March 03, 2008 08:13:09 PM
I bought one of those while I was in Thailand (for about $AUS10) & always thought about making my own..  How long did it take you to cut all the pieces out??


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: amberlymusica on March 03, 2008 08:59:22 PM
Holy crap!  That is one of the coolest lamps I have ever seen!  I totally want to make one of my own.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: snowyangel on March 03, 2008 09:05:53 PM
So awesome, reminds  me of IKEA lights. I love this but I'd be too paranoid about the paper thing. I wonder where you can by thin plastic good for that.....


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: narhloki on March 03, 2008 09:36:37 PM
Awesome, they look fabulous.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: amybarnett on March 03, 2008 11:18:28 PM
beautiful! It looks very expensive.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Len on March 04, 2008 03:06:15 AM
Oh my they are amazing!!! I definitely have to put it in my to-do list  ;D
Thank you so much for the inspiration!!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: stina.hamberg on March 04, 2008 06:00:05 AM
Wow, I love them. Thanks for the inspiration!

 I would like to try reconstruct one in plastic, but I can't really think of where I would get the plastic from. The only thing that I can think of right now is from 2 litres icecream boxes (the Swedish boxes are usually made out of white plastic) but it would take me forever to collect 30 pieces, although I am sure I am capable of it  ;)

But on the other hand I'm not sure they are big enough. Does anyone have any suggestions what I could use otherwise?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Jatoha on March 04, 2008 06:28:02 AM
Fluorescent Bulbs Everyone!!!

Fluorescent bulbs don't get hot!

So you can:

- have a brighter lamp
- not worry about fire

AND
- save the environment all at the same time!!    8)


really neat project!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: underthemountain on March 04, 2008 06:46:03 AM
Very cool!!  Thank you for sharing.  I'd love to give this a try!!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: littlebluegirl on March 04, 2008 08:42:24 AM
This thoroughly rocks.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: around on March 04, 2008 09:20:53 AM
this is amazing
i have been looking for some kind of beside lamp forever
(literally more than a year)
and this is perfect!!!
looks relatively easy and cheap
and turns out
BEAUTIFUL
who wouldn't love that??
thanks for sharing


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: spurtiic on March 04, 2008 10:40:58 AM
Wow, I love them. Thanks for the inspiration!

 I would like to try reconstruct one in plastic, but I can't really think of where I would get the plastic from. The only thing that I can think of right now is from 2 litres icecream boxes (the Swedish boxes are usually made out of white plastic) but it would take me forever to collect 30 pieces, although I am sure I am capable of it  ;)

But on the other hand I'm not sure they are big enough. Does anyone have any suggestions what I could use otherwise?

Why not buy some color transparency paper?  You can buy clear transparency paper from any office or school supply store.  There are color transparencies available online and maaaaaybe in the supply store.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: hngoodlett on March 04, 2008 10:53:41 AM
That's super cool! I love it.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: loves2experiment on March 04, 2008 01:08:46 PM
This is fantastic! 


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: educharme on March 04, 2008 02:43:41 PM
that is so awesome. And since you used cardstock, can be done in just about any color, right?

fyi... i didn't know flourescent bulbs didn't get hot.. so like the inquisitive type i am.. i touched one.. it's only slightly hot, but if it did get hot, i would have been in trouble.. lol :o


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: julibooli on March 04, 2008 03:05:26 PM
Fluorescent Bulbs Everyone!!!

Fluorescent bulbs don't get hot!

So you can:

- have a brighter lamp
- not worry about fire

AND
- save the environment all at the same time!!    8)


really neat project!

At my house we are all about the environment. New Orleans doesn't have recycling, so we hoard all our plastics, glass, and papers for 6-8 weeks until a group comes into town that can take it all away!

I used a light kit with a small socket, because that was the best thing I could find that didn't include beaucoup other parts I didn't want. And now I can't find any fluorescent bulbs to fit into those small sockets that are as bright as I want. So that's something for everyone else to consider. I made these lights because I don't have any overhead lighting in my house, and I would really have liked to put in fluorescent bulbs that emit the amount of light a 100w halogen bulb would.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Lufah on March 04, 2008 03:06:39 PM
This is beautiful!  I'm completely impressed.  I saw the thumbnail on the front page and was like, "What kind of crazy craft is that?" and then when I clicked on the topic, I was blown away.  Awesome!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: terp4u2 on March 04, 2008 03:10:32 PM
I wonder if you could use some of those "gel" sheets that are used over photographers' flashes and on stage lights?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: klboo33 on March 04, 2008 03:25:01 PM
That is sooo cute!  Love the designs that it makes.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: camilaustral on March 04, 2008 05:13:37 PM
that's awesome!!!!
and you could use those energy saving bulbs, that never get hot, i have a paper lamp with one of those bulbs and still in one piece :P

i'm so bookmarking


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: thanate on March 04, 2008 05:19:13 PM
Those are gorgeous!  The photos came out really well, too; the way you can see the lightbulbs glowing in the pictures is lovely.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: llisaredd on March 04, 2008 05:37:49 PM
I am so gonna bookmark this! That will be so neat in my son's room  ;D



Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: GeekMagnet on March 04, 2008 06:50:11 PM
I would like to try reconstruct one in plastic, but I can't really think of where I would get the plastic from. The only thing that I can think of right now is from 2 litres icecream boxes (the Swedish boxes are usually made out of white plastic) but it would take me forever to collect 30 pieces, although I am sure I am capable of it  ;)

But on the other hand I'm not sure they are big enough. Does anyone have any suggestions what I could use otherwise?

When I saw it I immediately thought of using plastic milk cartons.  My dh and I go through 2 gallons of milk a week so we always have them around(too bad we just took a dozen of them to recycling today).  You could get 2 or 3 pieces from a gallon carton.

And if you can only find clear plastic (transparencies or 2 liter bottles), you can make it opaque by scratching the surface with sandpaper. Start with a really ruff grit and then get finer and finer.

Also, it would make a need effect to mix opaque and non-opaque pieces together.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: singing_stars on March 04, 2008 07:32:18 PM
Wow, I love them. Thanks for the inspiration!

 I would like to try reconstruct one in plastic, but I can't really think of where I would get the plastic from. The only thing that I can think of right now is from 2 litres icecream boxes (the Swedish boxes are usually made out of white plastic) but it would take me forever to collect 30 pieces, although I am sure I am capable of it  ;)

But on the other hand I'm not sure they are big enough. Does anyone have any suggestions what I could use otherwise?


how about plastic placemats?
does that sound too crazy?  :)


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: bluwave06 on March 04, 2008 09:31:38 PM
Wow I really love this!!! I will have to make a couple!!!!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: iamawesome on March 04, 2008 11:16:45 PM
is that really just those plastic template cut out?! and u just like hook them together?!?!


I LOVE it!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: ibimus on March 05, 2008 12:37:13 AM
I am about to move into a new apartment, and will definately be making lots of these to decorate!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: BriBri on March 05, 2008 05:03:38 AM
Has anyone thought of those flexible plastic cutting boards that you can buy at the dollar store that come something like two to a package? They're kind of opaque, and they would be okay with a fluorescent light if it does stay relatively cool...


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: showmehelen on March 05, 2008 06:40:39 AM
thanks so much for posting this up!!  ;D


***runs off to make 50 lampshades using new template***


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Perrelle on March 05, 2008 11:18:29 PM
Awesome, I love it! I'm pretty iffy about fire hazards, so I don't think I'll use them as lights, but I might make a few just to hang from my ceilings. I kind of want to paint patterns all over them before I put them together. I wonder how it will look?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: VaxGirl on March 07, 2008 09:55:45 AM
I saw this in Readymade and it's nice to see someone made it.  I too thought of those hateful plastic milk cartons.  I really despise them because I swear milk doesn't keep fresh as long as a paper carton because light gets in.  But many stores only have the plastic ones.  I may try using them for one.  I may use one of those battery tea lights and put it in the garden or on the porch.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: kestrel5287 on March 08, 2008 01:55:44 PM
does anyone know if this would be good as a table lamp?  Could I just slide it over a small lamp?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: missjesswinkwink on April 14, 2008 10:07:14 AM
heavyweight vellum would work great for this. Art supply stores have big sheets. The idea regarding the dollar store plastic cutting boards is ALSO a brilliant idea.

I would love to make the giant 120 piece lamp and plonk it right in the middle of my floor. It's so funny, I was out for sushi Sat. night and they had some of these lamps - and I and my guests (who are both graphic designers) just kept staring at them thinking about how we could make some. Seriously. I was overjoyed when I then found this post!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: zatanna on April 18, 2008 02:11:29 PM
It's so funny, I was out for sushi Sat. night and they had some of these lamps - and I and my guests (who are both graphic designers) just kept staring at them thinking about how we could make some. Seriously. I was overjoyed when I then found this post!

I just saw the same lamps while watching Bones w/ my bf the other night and I was cackling because I already had this bookmarked to make myself, MUAH!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: showmehelen on April 30, 2008 07:28:56 AM

I made my 120 one of these last night. ;D

It was SO satisfying to make - I want to make loads more now, but it's just toooooooo time consuming cutting out all the bits!

It's just made out of card and I put a round disk inside to thread the flex through, so the light bulb is kept well away from any of the edges - hurrah!!

Thanks so much for the idea, I'm really pleased with it!




Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: CamOovas on April 30, 2008 08:56:41 AM
Wow, that doesn't even look like a photo... more like graphic design or something....

Great.  Like I need another project to take on.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: nofury on April 30, 2008 08:59:03 AM
those things really are amazing!!! The pictures always look like paintings! Great job!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: southern flower on April 30, 2008 03:18:07 PM
I love me some crafster and I think this is the coolest thing I've seen yet.  WOW.  SO EXCITED TO MAKE ONE!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Indiecoolqueen on May 02, 2008 12:23:12 PM
Wow, these are amazing!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: julibooli on May 02, 2008 04:32:27 PM
showmehelen, that is too awesome! What kind of diameter are we looking at? What kind of wattage do you have in there? I might have to enlarge one of my lamps...

I was working on one that was about 3' diameter, but I couldn't get the pieces to close in.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: showmehelen on May 06, 2008 05:24:42 AM
thanks julibooli  ;D

each piece is approx 14cm x 15cm. i made them this size as then four pieces would fit onto one piece of a3 card.
the final lamp measures approximately 70cm across.

if i was going to make it again, i would probably make the pieces slightly bigger than this. the lamp fits into the room well as is, but i think as it's such an intricate design, it would work well being slightly oversized for the space it's hanging in (if you know what i mean).
also, the card i used had a cream tinge to it, which was not so apparent until the shade was lit from inside. consequently, the light given off is a bit yellowy which is not so great for a dining room. I would source some different card if i did it again probably.

the bulb i have used is 60W, but i've got it on a dimmer switch and it looks loads better when the light is turned right down.

hope that helps!!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: stina.hamberg on May 11, 2008 05:30:54 AM
I made a small one of old plastic candy boxes that I got from the local candy store. I haven't put a light in it yet but I hope it will work out. I think I will try to make one out of plastic that is not as clear. What are yours made of? Paper or plastic? ;)



Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: urbanchic1212 on May 11, 2008 10:28:24 AM
this is soo cool i love it i will definitley try this as soon as i find time.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: camilaustral on May 12, 2008 03:51:31 PM
the see through one looks awesome!!!!!!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: kathleen fasanella on May 23, 2008 07:48:52 AM
If you guys like the concept of DIY lamps, I urge you to buy Nomadic Furniture 2. Actually, these books (there are two) are an absolute dream come true for DIY and sustainability freaks. Frankly, I'm surprised you can still buy them (used and inexpensive). No, it doesn't include patterns but it has illustrations of many fold up pleated lampshades made of plastic (no reason you can't make them out of firm paper, I use oaktag, pattern paper used in the garment industry). Other than lamps, both books are chock full of DIY and sustainability projects you can make out of repurposed materials with minimal tools.

http://www.amazon.com/Nomadic-Furniture-Victor-Papanek/dp/039470228X
http://www.amazon.com/Nomadic-Furniture-2-James-Hennessey/dp/0394706382/

I have a huge library, most of it non-fiction. So large I actually use library software and a bar code reader to organize and label all of my books. Of them all, I consider these two to be within the top 20 books I own. If they were irreplaceable and my house were burning down and I could only carry out ten books, I'd take these.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: maleficent on August 10, 2008 06:24:40 PM
hey i guess this topic has been inactive for a little while but i bookmarked it months ago with the intention to try this out and finally got around to it so i thought i'd share! here are some pictures of one i made for my sister's room the colours match perfectly i'm actualy really excited about it!

i don't have shots of it lit up yet....i don't have a lightbulb on a cord...where do i get one of those hmm that will be my next shopping adventure! thanks so much for this post it was incredibly inspiring!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Arian*beastie on August 10, 2008 07:05:14 PM
i don't have shots of it lit up yet....i don't have a lightbulb on a cord...where do i get one of those hmm that will be my next shopping adventure! thanks so much for this post it was incredibly inspiring!
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those are called lightbulb cord- or inline cords. they are less than 10 $ - your lamp looks small- i would just be careful that my lightbulb set wasnt too big or too hot- and melt your shade.... hope this helps!
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10175810

http://www.amazon.com/C7-Watt-Light-Bulb-Cord/dp/B000IN1HXS


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: maleficent on August 10, 2008 07:08:48 PM
ahh thank you! super helpful! i realized afterward that i should have taken a scale picture. but it is defiantly large enough with a diametere of close to 15 inches or so and i plan to use the energy efficient bulbs that don't produce as much heat. thanks again!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: theatergrrl on August 10, 2008 07:13:23 PM
Looks cool.

Try Ikea for a light bulb on a cord.  They have colored cords now that would match your creation. And they have different size fluorescent bulbs that run pretty cool.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: LeapFeetFirst on August 10, 2008 08:50:32 PM
I love how colorful your version is! Did you just use scrapbook paper- or is that covered plastic? Way cool!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: maleficent on August 10, 2008 09:45:00 PM
its just scrapbook paper. i love the white ones, they are very classy looking but i wanted something a little more vibrant and unique looking and i am really pleased with the way the scrapbook paper worked! i definitely recommend it!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: polaris082411 on August 10, 2008 11:37:02 PM
hoohooo! they are so creative and beautiful


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: hannabear on August 14, 2008 03:16:54 PM
Brilliant! I hope I can try making this someday!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: kstaron on August 15, 2008 02:46:25 PM
oooooh, love that. I'm thinking the plastic milk cartons would be great to use for this.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: craftADDchick on August 17, 2008 12:25:24 PM
oooooh, love that. I'm thinking the plastic milk cartons would be great to use for this.

Ooooh! Good idea! Now I'll have to print out the pattern and start drinking more milk ;)


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: geniusNOTatWORK on August 17, 2008 02:55:02 PM
omg thank you for this! i was looking for a way to make paper lanterns yesterday because i'm planning on decorating my dorm room and such but the tuts were all too complicated and very time consuming (i need to make like....100(?) paper lanterns i think..) and this looks a lot better! thanks!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: weet! on August 20, 2008 10:36:00 PM
wow i didnt realize how lucky i got  :D i had never seen this lamp before or since but i bought one when i was in mexico about a year or 2 ago for like 15 bucks! AND they had all kinds of colors. i got one with 9 black, 9 purple, and the rest white.

for awhile i had the colors all random but it was too dark to be a practical light so i did it in layers... black on top, then a row of purple, then the rest of the bottom is all white. so now its my reading light :) i figured you could make it in different shapes but i couldnt figure out how to do it till i looked at that IQlight link you added!
thanks!

oh and PS if you dont have the real one i definitely recommend the plastic milk jugs like someone suggested. thats pretty much exactly the same thickness and texture of the pieces.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: alohamom2three on August 21, 2008 01:18:29 AM
WOW!!!  I've been searching for the kits for making this but now I need search no more...yay!
Gotta make me a ton.

Here's an idea for everyone talking about plastic type materials:  Stencil Blanks!  They are slightly frosted and stiff enough for this purpose.

As for the lighting gels someone mentions...I'm a lighting designer and the gels we use are too thin I think to hold the shape....but attatching them to the stencil blanks...like maybe only on one piece... might be really cool. 

I love craftster...always find the coolest stuff.   ;D ;D ;D



Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: GoldfishGirl on August 21, 2008 09:47:00 AM
Very helpful! Thank you!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Burningrubber on August 21, 2008 09:04:58 PM
Wow that is awsome!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: yoyowa on August 22, 2008 10:31:04 AM
ooo must try


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: monalisa90 on August 27, 2008 12:13:01 PM
That is such a cool lamp. I want to make one for my new room. How did u connect the pieces?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Auri on September 28, 2008 03:44:03 PM
Wow!!!

This is so beautiful! I want to try!!!!

I am wondering if fabric backed with heavy duty interfacing (collar and cuff stuff)  would work- although i suppose it could only be a deco item as not sure any light would get through??? What do you think?

Thanks for sharing the pattern

Aurora
xxxxxxxxx


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: ReuseCrafter on September 28, 2008 07:57:53 PM
OMG I can't wait to make this!  I had actually never seen it before -- or at least hadn't paid overmuch attention if I did. At any rate, my first thought was also milk cartons.

My second thought is the Shrinky Dink Plastic from the craft store. There are two kinds, one is clear, and one is opaque and textured on one side for using with colored pencils. Though I'd personally prefer a reuse project.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: craftADDchick on September 29, 2008 02:38:01 PM
I've started saving up milk jugs (1/2 gallon) and I'll be cutting the pieces out and putting together a DIY IQ Light kit for my brother for Christmas (or his birthday... depends on how much milk I can drink ;) ). I need to start cutting out pieces soon so the bottles don't take up too much room...


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Milfette on October 14, 2008 09:56:01 AM

I made my 120 one of these last night. ;D

It was SO satisfying to make - I want to make loads more now, but it's just toooooooo time consuming cutting out all the bits!

It's just made out of card and I put a round disk inside to thread the flex through, so the light bulb is kept well away from any of the edges - hurrah!!

Thanks so much for the idea, I'm really pleased with it!



Im trying so hard to figure this pattern out and i just cant get it! how did you do that??


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: slaztoo on October 24, 2008 08:39:04 PM
Hey!
Does anyone have any idea how much you would charge for one of these made out of cardstock?  I am in the process of making about 30 of them for a craft show & have no clue on how much to charge.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
~Karen


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: BlankGirl on February 14, 2009 08:12:16 PM
wow great idea! ive been trying to find some lamp shade patterns for some time now so this is coming at the perfect time!!!! i have some grey plastic binders that im going to cut up for it. do you think that would be strong enough for it?


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: SleepingSubmarine on February 17, 2009 01:36:52 PM
i made an iq light for my mom for christmas. i got her to drive me to the craft supply store and choose a colour of cardstock. i used the template from julibooli's post and i used the electrical stuff that had come with a huge paper star. i actually traced and cut out each individual piece 30 times, which resulted in blisters on my fingers from the scissors. it turned out amazing though and she was totally surprised and impressed.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Blue Rose on February 19, 2009 02:42:25 PM
I just spend the evening cutting out 30 pieces of cardpaper :-) in three shades of blue and I just finished putting it together :D

I am very pleased with how it turned out ^_^

I will hang mine from the ceiling as decoration, as I do not need another lamp.
I might a pic later if anyone is interested ;D

Again thanks for sharing the pattern ^_^


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: whitters on May 07, 2009 07:51:50 PM
I wonder if you could use some of those "gel" sheets that are used over photographers' flashes and on stage lights?


Those are pretty much the same as color transparencies.... same thickness and everything. I would only use those if you are using a florescent light bulb because even with us photographers, we have to keep a very tricky eye on them because they will melt... sadly enough...

BUT! An option would be to find colors you like... save swatches of them on a jump drive and go to kinkos to have them print them out on transparencies... :D


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: heykiwi on December 14, 2009 08:46:56 AM
I love these! I am going to start saving up milk cartons so that i can make hanging bedside lamps for my room! Thanks so much for the idea! :D


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: RubyVixen on September 10, 2010 01:53:47 AM
I am guessing you could also do a small version for a night light. just make the pieces smaller.  I just brought 3 30 packs and never thought to make the pieces myself. I will never buy another one. They are quite tricky to make up though. rounds ones are not too bad but other shapes are very difficult.


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: julibooli on September 10, 2010 11:19:22 AM
Even with instructions they are hard to put together! I just played with the shapes until they turned into something I liked. Tiny ones sound really cool!

I gave my lights away when I moved a couple years ago but now I'm starting to think about making some more!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Marlies Boydell on March 09, 2011 11:02:36 AM
I was really inspired by the star-shaped IQ light design above and had a go. It's not the same size but I've taken pictures to show how I made it that are posted in my gallery (you'll need to sort them by post date). This was made with laminated paper but I think baking paper may be better for letting light through.

Have fun!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Bordersboy on April 21, 2011 02:30:43 PM
Love this idea! I have been saving my large coffee can lids for some time and wasn't sure what to do with them. I think I will use the lids (which are opaque plastic) for this craft idea! I have collected them for years, so I am certain to be able to create a very big lamp shade with them. Thanks for the idea and the template!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: applemama on February 05, 2012 06:17:52 AM
Thanks for the tutorial-I've linked to you in my blog! Such a cool project - planning on trying it out with plastic milk bottles next time!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: jasminewolverine on February 05, 2012 04:01:11 PM
Holy awesome, batman! I hadn't seen the original lights that you linked to, so this is just blowing my mind right now! Your lamps all look amazing, I may have to give this a try!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Marlies Boydell on March 25, 2013 03:36:13 PM
Realised it was a bit difficult to find my step-by-step photos so here's the link:


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Marlies Boydell on March 25, 2013 03:37:39 PM

Sorry the link is:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/253190_09Mar11_P1070566.JPG[/img]


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Marlies Boydell on March 25, 2013 03:39:34 PM
It's really not the easiest thing to sort out - sorry guys:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=253190#axzz2OaqVD7kz



Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: julibooli on March 25, 2013 06:14:02 PM
Realised it was a bit difficult to find my step-by-step photos so here's the link:


Thanks for sharing that!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on March 26, 2013 12:21:57 AM
This is kool!!! Good idea!


Title: Re: DIY IQ lights
Post by: owls tea party on March 26, 2013 12:12:01 PM
very cool