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« on: May 04, 2008 10:21:36 PM »

This is my very first time posting anything on here, so please bear with me and be patient if I do anything wrong!!   Huh

My friend sent me the info. about the lamp project, and I "lit up" with excitement (hehe), because I really enjoy creating mixed media lampshades. My project is something I had done previously. I collect fortunes from fortune cookies, (among other things...) and as I've gotten older, I've decided to start doing things with my collection items so they don't just sit around, taking up space. Why not make them aesthetically functional and show them off in a handmade craft? Anyway, here's what I came up with:

(Image of the lamp when it is off)

(Image of the lamp when it is on)

(Detail image of the lamp when off)

(Detail image of the lamp when on)

Like I said, this is something I'd done about a year ago, so I don't have any pictures of the process. Basically what I did was sandwiched the fortunes in a brick pattern between two pieces of clear contact paper, making sure the diameter of the finished "contact paper and fortune sandwich" was going to be the same size as the pre-made lamp ring (don't really know the technical term for this ring). I used a lot of pressure to get it as smooth as possible, but unfortunately there are still a few small bubbles, but I'm okay with them.  Smiley  I left tabs every few inches at the top of the contact paper where it meets the ring so they could be folded over the ring and adhered to itself with a clear adhesive (I used double sided tape.)

It really gives off a nice glow, and I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you enjoy it too! (By the way, those fortunes were only about a third of my collection! and no, I haven't eaten THAT much Chinese food, friends and family save them and give them to me as well as my collecting them firsthand.)

NOTE: if you are going to make a lamp similar to this, I would recommend using a bulb 40 watts or less. I did not actually try anything higher than 40 for fear that it might melt the contact paper, or catch fire, etc. And even using the 40 watt, I was very careful to monitor it for the first few hours of its use, as you should too!  Wink  Also be sure that the bulb isn't too close to the contact paper. In my lamp, the contact paper is about 2 - 2 1/2 inches away from the bulb, and it's been fine.

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008 11:22:35 PM »

Thats a great idea and it gives you something to read whyle you are sitting there. It should be in a waiting room somewhere.
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 08:16:43 AM »

Bright idea...you're one smart cookie! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 08:36:10 AM »

I like it!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 09:02:14 AM »

I absolutely love it, and applaud your genius!
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008 12:49:32 AM »

Wow!  That's an awesome idea!!!!   Cheesy

I eat chinese food all the time... and this is such a great project to work on!

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008 01:47:03 AM »

Great looking lamp! I'll post one of your pics for you, but I'm sure if you PM one of the mods or a help ticket they will post them in your post. They're nice like that. Smiley


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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 01:23:44 PM »

What a smart idea, I really think it's neato! Makes me want to tear one of my lamps apart and go wild with the contact paper!
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