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« on: July 26, 2007 02:19:06 PM »

Anyone have ideas on how to copy this?  I am in looooove with it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2007 02:29:42 PM »

I really have no clue (I'm new to crafting [sorta]) if this would work, but you could get some foam and shape it to a ball the carve your desig out. Or you could do the same with clay.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2007 02:33:07 PM »

my first thought is - upside down goldfish bowl covered with polymer clay or paper clay. Then you can form the holes with an awl and sand down the edges after its baked. Then just gotta figure out a light source.........

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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2007 02:42:31 PM »

i have an idea! how about paper mache? i don't think i spelled that right, but it should work. when i was younger we would cover balloons with the paper mache stuff... then you could cut off the bottom to make it stand straight, and punch holes into it for the patterns you want. then of course, paint. ta-da! simple and easy. i might actually have to try this...

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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2007 09:02:13 PM »

Oh thanks a lot, now I want one too!!!  Wink

« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007 04:48:44 AM »

Wow!  What perfect timing!  I'm moving into a new apt next weekend and need new lamps.  I'm going to get a foam ball and then paper mache over it.  Then I will stencil my design and use an awl (or possibly a yarn needle) to punch out the design.  After I paint it and clear-coat it, I'm going to add a swag lamp kit (I love amazon.com) and hang it from my ceiling.  Thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007 12:39:42 PM »

Please please PLEASE show us the finished product when you are done!
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2007 10:39:37 AM »

I have been staring at that damn picture for a half hour trying to figure out the best way to do it.  I want to make one so badly now!

I really like the idea of using a fishbowl, I just don't know how I would go about the pattern.  I was thinking of somehow taping off the pattern and painting it, but I have no idea how I could make a stencil that detailed.  Any ideas?

My other thought was to wrap the bowl in a thick fabric and burn the pattern into it, but I don't know if that's even remotely practical.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2007 05:02:44 AM »

Why not buy a cheap lamp with a paper shade from Ikea and punch holes in it-I know I've seen people at craftster cover those with paper drink umbrellas.It was a round globe shaped one,in the what can I do with this page.You could paint it first if you didn't like the plain white. Easier than coming up with the entire thing from scratch and wiring it for a lamp-you could just concentrate on your lovely design.
If you do create your own from scratch,keep in mind how hot the bulb gets.
OOH,I'VE GOT IT!!! The fishbowl idea-make your design with little sticky dots,paint it,peel off dots.Or make a stencil by using a paper punch for the holes.That would be better;I don't know how easily sticky dots peel off. Isn't there a kind of cheap worklight at hardware stores,that you could put under it? Or a string of xmas lights?Bowl upside down over the light,you might have to drill a hole for the cord.
Use a painted giant coffee can and punch holes,snip out a bit at the bottom for the cord.The website you gave with a pick for the lovely lamps had a comment about making those.The poster's grandfather would fill a can with water and freeze before puching holes to keep the can from denting.
Darn it,now I want one!

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2007 05:26:48 AM »

I  thought  of the  paper mache that  has the designs  you want cut  out  or get a prefrosted light cover  like the ones  they  use on ceiling fans to cover the light (or drill holes  in it where  you need the  design  if  you know  how to drill glass).   and from the inside etch off the  design  you want.
clay  may  work well also.  definately wanna  see the  finished  product.

heres  what the  site  says  it  is:
"porcelain perforated, glazes - 25W/40W-gluehbirne, electrical inlet

` moonstruck` flares are poured out of porcelain and in still ` lederhartem` were entitled perforate each individual hole are by hand bored.

the samples are made with no template, therefore each ball is a little different - everyone unikat.

on use of a clear bulb the flower sample draws would wind on and takes off in the area - if this effect is unwanted, can a matte bulb be used.
 the balls are available in two variants"

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