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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New and improved 35mm slides lamp! 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!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 80's boombox turned ipod speakers 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. 

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Slide Lamps... i know they've been done UPDATE - img heavy 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)...

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Living Lava Lamp 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...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Wall Art Ideas... on: August 01, 2005 08:41:08 AM
Hey all, moving into a new apt in about a month and I want to be prepared when I get there.  I can't paint the walls (they're just a tad off white) but I want to do some rasterbated images (blown up and turned into little black dots) which I will paint over with watered down paint.  The images are printed on 8.5 x 11 copy paper and I will assemble it on plywood.  My only delima is what images to do.  I'm going for a modern retro theme (ive got an organe and silver patterned futon cover and an olive green vinyl sleigh chair from the 50's.  Ideally I want to have a set of three like-themed pieces or maybe one wide pic that extends over all three boards (they wont be hung side by side, but a few feet apart aligned horizontally.  Each pieces would be maybe 3ft wide and 4ft wide.  I know this is confusing, but if anyone has any ideas of the actual images or a place that has cool random retro images available let me know.  Thanks so much! (anyone unfamiliar with the amazing rasterbator check it out! http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/)

Thanks again!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Seeking Ipod Skin Designs on: July 28, 2005 09:24:45 PM
Hey, I'm not sure if this post applies to craftster, but i love everything y'all do so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I'm in the process of producing vinyl skins for ipods.  They're just a waterproff vinyl with a mile adhesive with a printed image that sticks and wraps around an iPod.  This whole idea started off with me making my own by hand but I decided to go all out and begin producing them commercially.  I guess its still a craft? Anyway, I'm looking for great designs for them.  If anyone wants to do some mock ups and post them here or email them to me, it might eventually lead to them being produced.  Of course if your design ends up being made you would get a royalty for each one sold with that design.  Anyway, its all in the making right now and I thought that if anyone could do an some awesome designs it would be someone in here.  Just let me know your thoughts.  The theme of my whole product is "Love your Pod"... so if that helps.  Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing some awesome ideas!

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