18 March 2009

Craft Project: Slide Lamp

My friend Katherine had a subscription to ReadyMade before I did. She and my other friend, Lara, shared a subscription (is it me, or did it really use to cost $24.95 a year???). I looked at them after they both did (I was much too cheap for a subscription myself).

One thing that caught my eye, and Katherine's, too, was the slide lamp. When we found out at the end of our junior year in high school that one of the teachers as going to throw away all the old school slides, we dove in and took almost all of them. Katherine, because she is resourceful and commits to things, made a slide lamp for each of her close friends as a graduation gift. I, on the other hand, JUST finished mine...tonight. (Almost) four years later.

But check it out! I'm pretty proud of it. While the tutorial originally found in Issue 12 (I think?) of Readymade called for using rings to join the slides together, I hand-stitched them together and then sewed them to the lamp frame. It was time-consuming but...I think it paid off :D


Demonstrating the effect it will have, once it is stitched together and on a lamp frame...

Wheee! All done!


Some pretty slides...

Next to my train case (aka my sewing box).

5 comments:

Laura said...

1. i love readymade!
2. this looks AWESOME!
3. jason did something very similar to this but with film negatives.

Laura said...

PS we were just reading each other's blogs at the same time. : )

Kat said...

that fucking rocks. you fucking rock. let's be friends. oh, wait, we are. yippie for me!

Benita said...

Oh! I've just been thinking of what to do with my old slides, I'd love to get rid of the projector and slides and scan them all instead. This is such a great use for my favorites! Thank you!

Mary said...

Kay this looks so good! I use my lamp from Katherine every day, and I've been thinking about making another one because I have tons of BOK's old slides too :) good job!