Creative Reuse 2008: Vintage Art Slides as Lamp Shade

Creative Reuse 2008: Vintage Art Slides as Lamp Shade

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Yesterday we posted Heather's wine cork board, turns out she's full of creative reuses for the home. She's crafted a lovely lamp shade out of vintage art slides - find out more after the jump.

Object(s): I re-used vintage art slides.
Project: And I turned it in to lamp shade!
Instructions: It is a time consuming project, but well worth it! first I picked out my favourite slides and coloured the front of them black with a non-toxic paint pen. That way the frames of the slides were all one colour. Next I punched out a hole on all 4 sides, although I put some aside that I only punched on 3 sides (these are the bottom pieces). I then used some metal rings, which I found at a local store that sells beads (they have a 1cm radius), to attach the sides of the slides to each other. In order to make an interesting pattern I first strung them together in vertical rows, and then moved the rows around until i liked the colour pattern. I then attached them to a metal hoop from an old lamp shade that I had taken apart.
When the light is on the shade is a real stunner. It also leaves splashes of colour on the wall, as you can see from the picture.
Inspiration: I was inspired by the slides themselves to put them to good use: they are a mix of Dali, Romanesque Gothic architecture, classical painters, and Goya. Each slide is gorgeous on their own. I was also excited to switch up the white lamp shade on my favorite lamp: an original by Steve Heller of Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture.

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