Monday, November 17, 2014

Jellyfish Lamp!!

Hi guys!!!  It's Pockets!!!  Sorry I've been kind of AWOL lately.  I've done a few projects but they had such tight time constraints that I didn't take any process pictures. :'(  I do intend to make version 2.0s and I'll definitely do tutorials for them.

But anyway, I actually did do a tutorial for the project I finished today!  It all started with this:

It is an octopus umbrella.  Buttons' teacher friend drew this and it made her want to draw her own surrealist art.  That brings us to this:

The instant that I saw that jellyfish lamp I absolutely knew that I couldn't live without it.  :D  So I've been thinking about it for a few weeks and this is what I came up with.  I was going to buy a lamp and attach ribbon and beads to it's undersides.  The universe favored me in this endeavor because almost immediately I found THE MOST PERFECT LAMP EVER!!!  Behold!!!

I thought the ridges on the shade would look way more awesome than a smooth shade.  

Next I got some white wired ribbon (it's imperative that it be wired so you can curl it) and a bag of miscellaneous opal-ish colored beads.  This particular bag ended up having five sizes.

Attempt one at beading involved transparent quilting thread and it ended in disaster!  I thought about it for a few more days and decided that I was going to jewelry it up and use wire.  I bought some pale pink copper wire and my very first set of needle-nose pliers! YAY!  This method worked out much better.  I would bead from smallest to largest, make a tiny loop at the end when all the beads were on, and then flip it upside down.  This made a nice looking gradual tentacle and I just cut the wire a few inches above the first bead.

For the ribbon my first attempt worked out pretty darn well with one exception.  Fray check must be used.  The ribbon frays like crazy and looks terrible.  The other bizarre thing that happens is when you curl your cut segment, the wires will come out the other end.  Just snip those off once your ribbon is curled to your satisfaction and you'll be good to go.  I used my trusty Magic Wand:

Attaching these things to the lamp is still in its budding stage.  As of right now nothing is holding the strands to the shade other than a bit of bending and gravity. 

 It makes for an extremely fragile jellyfish.  Buttons suggested hot glue, and I think that would work for the ribbon but I'm not so sure about the copper wire. 

I think I'm going to leave it as is for now (except I'm toying with the idea of adding more strands).  I don't intend to move it much so I'll see how it holds up and for how long. 

Here it is with it's little light shining:

That's my lamp!!  What do you guys think?  Can you tell it's a jellyfish?  Any other animals we can make out of furniture?? 


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