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« on: December 22, 2008 02:29:21 PM »

Alright, I've got a "What the @#$% can I do with this?" for ya's!

I work at a Hospital and they're always throwing out wonderful things. This was an old shade that was used on a street lamp from the parking lot. We recently replaced all the llamps with a new design (more carriage/period lights) from the old geometric ones. This was the last surviving one and i saved it from the dumpster. And it's friggin big. It measures 16 inches x 16 inches x 16 inches....perfect square. It's made from Plexiglass and only has a few scratches on it, no cracks. It's not water tight though (as I found out while cleaning it. It also has a 8 inch diameter wide hol, metal rimmed, so it would screw on to the pole over the light.

here's a shot to show you size comparison to my height.

Anyway, so what do you guys think. I was considering putting a glass slab on it and having a transparent coffee table, putting lights in it and having it as a light source, maybe wrapping it in fabric and playing with that angle....i dunno...my mind is racing.....any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008 02:44:50 PM »

What about making one of them old fashioned terrarium things?  You know...with the plants and what nots.  If it's leak proof, you could do well with something like that. 

Hey, with the size of it you might even be able to get a little critter of some sort to live in it...with the smooth walls and the large size, you won't have much danger in your critter gettin' out and runnin' loose.

Pretty cool find!  I can't wait to see what you finally end up doing with it!

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2008 04:48:56 PM »

if you wanted to water  proof it you can buy silicone sealant at any pet/aquarium store. then it would be ready for anything!

« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2008 06:46:46 PM »

Seal it and make an aquascaped aquarium :p

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008 07:18:02 PM »

Lol my first thought was "fishbowl" too. But yeah if you wanted to actually use it as a light source that might be cool, you could fill it with sand and put candles in it or something. you could also maybe take out one of the sides and put in shelves and use it as storage.

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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2008 02:34:33 AM »

Put an orchid in it Smiley

I don't know if the aquarium idea would work. You can use silicone to make it waterproof but is the plexiglass strong enough to hold water and not start bowing and eventually leaking?

Cover it with pretty paper and put a lamp inside.

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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008 07:27:51 AM »

true, i was thinking sealing it more for like terrarium or something. i love my terrariums.

« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2008 05:19:27 PM »

perhaps cover it with Japanese (or thin with fibers) type papers.. or even some nice fabric
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2009 07:40:33 AM »

If you really liked it as a lampost, you could put it on a pole and make one in your living room...

...Or you could put all white christmas lights inside, filling it up, and then putting a sheet of glass over it, to have a light up coffee table...

...Or you could decoupage it and keep crafting supplies inside...

...Or it could be a vase for plants...

...Or it could be a big die for party games, if you covered it with colored foam and drew on the dots.

 Grin  Just some ideas!! Can't wait to see what you do!!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2009 09:46:23 AM »

You need to sand it to give it a frosted effect, or etch designs into it and make a lamp. Or put 16" square prints on the inside as a photo cube, again with a light. I see a light fixture in everything.

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