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« on: September 02, 2009 01:32:22 PM »

I live in a commercially zoned area and have many businesses surrounding my apartment.  Because of this reason, the views from my windows are generally lacking in aesthetic appeal so I am always trying to think of ways to dress up the windows to allow for light yet block out the miles of blacktop parking lots.  This challenge allowed me to be creative on a budget and remedy the situation to which I will need to make more of these to fit all my windows.  Well here it is, my picture frame sun catcher:

Here it is in its place of honor in my kitchen window.

This picture shows the flowers a little better.  It was hard to get the flowers to show up in a picture.

This one shows a little better what I did to the frame.

Materials Bought From The Dollar Store:
* 3 bags of aquarium rocks
* Picture frame
* Food coloring
* Picture hanging kit

Own Materials Used:
* Sand Paper
* Hot Glue
* Clear Spray Paint

I started by roughly sanding the frame and then using the food color to stain the wood.  I then laid out the rocks until I figured out which pattern I liked best and then hot glued them all on the glass.  After Aloe all over my burned fingers, I used the blue food color and applied it onto the back of the glass and sealed it with clear spray paint.  I had also purchased a picture hanging kit but turns out the frame with all the rocks is too heavy for the kit to be hung.  I will need to think of another way to hang this where it will be durable and not go crashing to the floor.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Have a great night all!  C&C welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009 01:40:16 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009 01:56:09 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009 02:20:04 PM »

I think this is a cool idea and I have tons of those little glass stones that this would be great for. Maybe hang the thing with one big suction cup on a ribbon? Or use some of those wire plate display holder thingys?

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009 04:01:18 PM »

what a great idea. i like that the flowers magically disappear when the light shines trough.

what about desk-easels? like that: http://www.badartandmore.eu/WebRoot/Store4/Shops/61677546/47FE/17C0/302C/F469/1855/C0A8/28BA/B33B/an59_tischstaffelei.jpg
they are available in a few different sizes.
i think your "picture" would look cute displayed on something like that, even when it's dark. not so great if you plan do make 10 of them tough.

« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009 04:15:04 PM »

I think I might need to make one of these for my office window at work. It doesn't get sunlight, just more florescent light from the hallway but it'll make the place prettier. I have a bunch of these glass beads left over from the centerpieces from our wedding (5 years ago).

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009 07:13:53 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words and suggestions!
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009 07:30:28 PM »

What a great idea. This inspires me to try this with grout and make a mosaic. I can't remember what they are called but at the hardware store you can buy rings with screws on the the ends, anyway you can screw those into the wood of the frame and then loop with wire or strong twine, I have done that with a few pieces of art that were to heavy for just a regular nail, just be sure the frame is secure at the bottom, maybe reinforce it so it doesn't fall apart.

« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009 08:41:22 AM »

So pretty and such a great solution too! This would be great in my dining area where we look out onto the neighbours backyard... and he can see in. Even to have the bottom part of the window covered and still have the top open for more light to enter the room but still get the privacy factor. Thanks for the inspiration.

« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009 07:18:25 AM »

sunny- I am really loving the privacy factor. I no longer feel on display while washing the dishes.  Grin
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