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1  New and improved 35mm slides lamp! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by burpingbedpost on: March 07, 2006 04:13:11 PM
Hey all, I have fallen in love with slide lamps since the first publish of Readymade's article about them... I've been working on my own concepts, let me know your thoughts.  Found these simple shadowbox shelves and went crazy.  The slides are held in place by a string woven through all of them to stretch them tightly and evenly (WAY harder than I originally thought).  Threw in a small lamp fixture, 15watt bulb, pull chain.... and voila...

This one's 8" x 8", but I'm working on 6" x 24" now...

Also be sure to check out my brand new website, where I've started selling my lamps nationwide!

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2  Re: Living Lava Lamp in Completed Projects by burpingbedpost on: August 28, 2005 10:09:24 AM

Everyone cool it, the fish is no longer in the lava lamp, i got sick of cleaning it and had a better idea of what to do with the lava lamp than putting a fish in it.  I"ll post it when im through with it and link to the thread here.  Izmir is now in a 2 gallon aquarium, so consider it a compromise, I cant afford anything larger nor do i have room for it.

Izmir takes a trip to the beach:

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3  80's boombox turned ipod speakers in Completed Projects by burpingbedpost on: August 10, 2005 08:27:18 PM
Hey, worked on this today, still a work in progress but its functioning... which is something to be said.  Got this old toshiba boombox from goodwill and gutted the entire thing.  Put new speakers and amplifier in there from a set of sony speakers that came with my computer.  Had to enclose the power button but I'm working on getting an external switch... for now i have to take out one of the C-batteries.  Has pretty good sound for an old system from... the 80's? 90's? i'm not really sure. 

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4  Re: dorm room craftniess drama in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by burpingbedpost on: August 05, 2005 05:09:58 PM
I'll be a sophomore this year so I've only had one year of dorm craftyness, but I'm already preparing for the next with lots of ideas.  Things i did last year:

-put up a rasterbated image-

I just went to http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/ and put in my pic and took it to kinkos... an hour of assembly and $3 later I had some pretty kick ass wall art.

-Used lots of stolen (from the cafeteria) milk crates, made a TV stand and bathroom organizer out of them... very handy stacked in closets or for storing CD's or DVD's.

-bought tons of posters from the same guy on ebay at once for $1 each and paid about $10 shipping... got about 10 for $20ish... depends on the sway of ebay.

That's my two cents... here's the cage that I called my home for a year...

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5  Re: Slide Lamps... i know they've been done PICS! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by burpingbedpost on: August 02, 2005 06:22:13 PM
Wow, im always so suprised to find people posting mere seconds after i put it up.  Here are the largest ones i did, they were my favoriete, mayde from a $15 lamp at Home Depot.  I went to every single home depot in town and bought them all.  (they are no longer made... i was in a two week depression over their discontinuence).

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6  Slide Lamps... i know they've been done UPDATE - img heavy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by burpingbedpost on: August 02, 2005 06:15:41 PM
I am an avid reader of ReadyMade and fell in love with the slide lamp project.  I've made about 15 of them, all different shapes and styles and slides.  I bought TONS of slides on ebay, from all sorts of eras, but I mostly liked the retroish ones.  Hope you enjoy!  Also, I've got about 500 slides left over from my spree, let me know if you have any cool ideas for them.  I think I'm going to make some small night lights by putting six together and mounting it on a night light frame.


by the way, i bought some black plastic slide mounts and remounted the slides, I think that doing so really made the lamp as cool as it is, although I like the cardboard mounts too for their retro feel.  Let me know if you want the link to buy the slide mounts, its like $8 for 200 or something crazy cheap like that.


Here are some pics of my friend's apartment who bought one of my lamps, I think it fits well with his modern look... (he did the painting himself with house paint and a ketchup bottle)...

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7  Living Lava Lamp in Completed Projects by burpingbedpost on: August 02, 2005 03:37:51 PM
NOTE FROM LEAH (THE CRAFTSTER ADMIN): When choosing a vessel to keep fish in, please be absolutely sure you investigate whether it is large enough and whether it really is safe for that type of fish!!


Hey all, just thought I would show you the newest member of my family...

I give you Izmir:

Only took about an hour to do and about $5 at walmart, including fish.  Turned on lava lamp and waited for it to turn into liquid, then i poured out the lava and other substances unknown to me...  then i cleaned it out really really good and let it cool before putting the rocks and water in.  Drilled a few holes in the top of the plastic cap to let air in (he does go up for air sometimes).  The cap just sits on top so I can just lift it up and feed him.  Cut of the cord, but I'm currently coming up with a way of rigging an LED light in there so it can light up at night and i can see my little buddy and not feel so lonely in my dorm room.  The only down side is its a pain to clean, takes about 10 mins and you have to dump him in a bowl and then pick him up w/ your hand and put him in the hole in the lava lamp.  Let me know your thoughts or ideas!



due to circumstances other than the whole fish cruelty debate, Izmir is no longer living in a small urban loft (lava lamp), but rather a standard college sized apartment (3 gallon aquarium)... I have other ideas to use the lava lamp for, so he had to get moving... it also easier to clean, and it makes the fish lovers happy... so in the end, it all works out.

by the way, the tank was $1 at a thrift store... it was covered in fish grime, but i cleaned it up pretty nicely...

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