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ringoatemybaby
« on: March 04, 2005 09:14:55 PM »

I bought a cheap floor lamp from Target with plain white bulb covers (what in the world is that part called anyway??). I thought the starkness wouldn't bug me, but it seriously was only out of the box less than ten minutes before I got annoyed with how plain it was.

I used the crayon-batik method somebody posted before to make a big abstract drawing on butcher paper, then sliced it into strips and decoupaged it on the bulb covering. The pictures are kinda eh, but I'm excited about finally having a camera so I can share stuff with you guys anyway!  Grin




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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2005 09:17:35 PM »

I looks like it has an almost stained glass quality in the pictures. Too cool. And is there anything decoupage can't fix?  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2005 04:25:40 PM »

That's really pretty! It does look like stained glass. Knowing me, though, if I did that, I'd somehow manage to start a fire.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2005 04:30:04 PM »

what a great idea - your new "lamp shade" has inspired me to do something similar to my plain IKEA floor lamp.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005 07:08:08 PM »

Thats really pretty!
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2005 06:00:50 PM »

here's the original instructions for the paper:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11821.0
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ringoatemybaby
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2005 07:25:00 AM »

Thanks for the kind comments and the link! I was worried about it catching on fire at first too, but it seems to be holding up pretty well so far. I did, however, manage to glue myself to the lamp. Several times. That's just how I roll.  Wink
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rissaroo
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2005 08:36:36 AM »

OK well i tried this as well with my cheap target lamp. My lamp has a silver base / arms, so I used silver paint instead of black. it came out looking interesting, though not anything like what i expected. If I were to do it over again, here is what i would do:

1. Color hard! Where i colored more lightly it came out looking kinda blah.
2. color in a small pattern. I made a big flowery pattern but once it is cut and re-done, it just looks like strips of color. which is fine, but the two places where there was an intact small flower look bettter.
3. use the acrylic paint at full strength  - for some reason i thought you were supposed to water it down, but that was a mess. work fast and wipe off quickly.
4. if you have a curved bulb cover you are working on, work with small pieces of paper which are easier to glue on a curved surface. I also cut tiny slits in the paper to make it easier to glue on.
5. try to avoid overlapping the papers too much - where they overlap very little light gets through and it obscures the design.
6. Make the strips go past the end of the bulb cover, mod podge over it all, and let dry. then run an xacto knife around the edges for a smooth, clean edge. Mod podge your next coat to seal the edge.

OK well thats my 2 cents. Once i have a camera i will post a picture of how mine came out!



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rissaroo
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2005 04:31:39 PM »

Here's my pics - thanks for the great idea!

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ringoatemybaby
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2005 02:11:18 PM »

Wow. Your lamp is GORGEOUS. Fantastic job!
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