Friday, May 30, 2014

Reclaimed Wood Lamp with Himmeli Shade!

 Reclaimed Wood Lamp with Himmeli Shade!
I pulled an old pallet apart...and there were big wood blocks between the layers.
They were junk and were placed in the "burn later" pile.
Last weekend we lit a smore's fire and I found one of the blocks!
Instantly in my head, it became a rustic reclaimed wood lamp...
and I rescued it from smore's fodder!

Here's how it came to fruition--you can make one too!
 You will need:
4 by 4" wood block
drill and 3/8" drill bit
bottle lamp kit &/or pull chain kit
coffee stirrer straws
wire
pliers
spray paint (optional)
wax or stain (optional)
2 hours
 
I got a bottle lamp kit...but then decided I wanted a pull chain 
light instead, so I got a pull chain thing.
I use my new drill and some drill bits.
I drilled in the center of the top of the wood...but not all the way through the bottom.
Then I drilled in from the backside until it met up with the center hole.
I didn't measure or anything...it just worked!
 I ended up only needing the pull chain unit, the electrical cord and that hollow screw thing.
(yes, technical terms...ha ha ha)
 Okay so I have the holes. 
I used a small wire and fished it from the backside up through the top.
Then I tied off the electrical cord on the backside wire and pulled it through.
Then I put the hollow screw thing around the cord and twisted it into the wood.
It fit perfectly and tightly.
I used pliers to tighten it completely.
 Then I followed the light kit instructions.
Screwed the bottom of the unit onto the screw thing.
Then tied the underwriters knot...
noting the ribbed coated wire and the smooth coated wire
 Now to attach the wires:
The silver screw gets the ribbed wire, and the smooth wire gets the gold screw.
Just curl the wire in a hook, loosen the screw and slip it around it before tightening it down.
(All the instructions come with the light kit...so follow those)
Then I tightened the underwriters knot right under the socket so it
 will fit down inside the socket cap tightly.
Then put the shell over and line up the pull string and press it down
 until it snaps into the socket cap.
 Lovely!
 Now I added a little finishing wax to the wood.
 Just rubbed on with a small cloth.
 Looks great...add a tiny round light bulb...and now the moment of truth!
 I always pray when I plug it in...hoping it all works!
Success!
It's adorable!
Great like this...but I thought a fun shade was in order!

I did a Himmeli Geometric shade using coffee stirrer straws
 and thin gauge floral wire.
(Himmeli are Finnish mobiles traditionally made of rye straw)
This one is actually made of plastic straw and not a mobile...meh, whatever.
It's a geometric icosahedron shade.
I began by cutting my straws in half...3 1/2 inches.
Works great to use a rotary cutter.
 I unwrapped a length of wire...about a yard or meter.
Then I threaded on 3 straw sections...twisted the wires to make a triangle,
then added 2 more and twisted on the other side to make a double triangle/diamond.
Then add 2 more...twist and add 2 more...etc.
 Until you make a triforce!
Then essentially every junction of straws is a set of 5 straws.
It takes a little practice, but comes together pretty naturally.
There is some double wiring through straws to get them where you need them.
But it's pretty fun too!
 Any time you need more wire,
just twist on another length of wire like this.
The straws will cover any wire anyway.
 Keep it going until you have made the entire Icosahedron!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icosahedron
  It's got 20 triangular faces.
Twist up the last wire and thread the remainder of it through the closest straw.
Awesome--this would be a fun knick-knack!
 Fits the lamp perfectly!
You could leave it black...like this.
 But I went gold!
I used spray paint and lightly misted the straws...let dry 
and repeated until the entire thing was covered.
 It's so cool.  It looks like it's really brass or copper tubing!
Who would guess they were plastic straws?
 Looks amazing as a lamp shade too!
I just set it on the wood block without mounting it.
You could tack it in place with staples or hot glue.
 And looks amazing reflected on the walls!
 I love it!
I am totally obsessed.
I turned off all the lights and called a family council so my 
kids could see it an compliment me!  
Haha--I think they were glad they didn't have to help!
All in all it took me 2 hours, plus spray painting/drying time.
And cost nearly nothing.








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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Doctor Who: Good Better Best!

 What's better than a Giant cardboard cutout of the TARDIS?
Okay, the actual TARDIS!
But if you can't have that...you need this one!
 I received this TARDIS cutout free of charge from Oriental Trading 
in exchange for my honest review and post.
I wanted this.
Sometimes with sponsored posts...the company will just send you stuff and you have to decide if you like it.  OTC told me to find stuff I wanted to a certain $ amount and they sent it to me.
Like, if they didn't send it to me, I would have bought it anyway awesomeness!!!

I was thrilled that Oriental Trading has a whole bunch of my favorite geeky stuff...
(last year we got this Jango Fett costume)
they are already the total party stop...and now it's even better!
They even have 2 different cutouts of David Tennant!  $35 each.
The Tardis arrived through time and space with some assembly required.
 We unfolded it...yes, there's the Pandorica opens!
Lay the Tardis face down on the floor...
remove the sticky back velcro tabs...
 Line it up at the bottom guide lines...
 And press it down.
Attach the other velcro piece to the velcro tabs and tuck them into the easel.
 Then it stands perfectly without being propped up against a wall!
This is big too!  It says "life size"...but it still fits in the house.  Haha!
 Looks great in the yard too!
I've got an upcoming party I am going to use this for...
but wanted to showcase it right away!
Perfect for photo booth props--and right now, it's living in my bedroom.

 While nothing is better than that...
I was doing some school with my preschooler and this thought occurred to me.
Good, Better and Best...
with Doctor Who!
Feel free to right click and save off the images.
You can make flash cards for your preschoolers too!
With phone boxes and the TARDIS, screwdrivers and drills...

 and Bolo, Neck and Bow ties.
wisks and Daleks...perfection!
Do you have any other ideas?
Leave them in the comments and I'll make them up for you!




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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Doctor Who Tardis and Weeping Angel Boutique Bow!

Doctor Who Tardis and Weeping Angel Boutique Bow!
 Perfect Geekery Flair!  Geek Chic!

 Make a beautiful Boutique bow with something blue!
 Hot glue is amazing!
To make the TARDIS bow center,
I used my Doctor Who mold that I used here for Chocolates.

Fill up the mold with hot glue...
(Don't have a mold???  Make your own tutorial here!)

 Let it cool

 Pull it out!
Perfectly formed!
Spray paint, then add details with acrylic paint!
(*spoilers* many more fun bows to come!)
Ready to top some fancy boutique bows!
 
 Hot glued right on the top of the bow!
 Now...How to make that cute bow???
Let's start simple.  Like this Weeping Angel Bow.
 Zig zag some ribbon like an accordian...so there are 4 loops...2 on each side.
 Pinch and gather the ribbon in the center.


Pinch and hold in place.
Use some thread and wrap the center about 20 times around.
Then tie it off tight and cut the thread.
 Now it looks kind of smooshed.
Take some time to mold it into a pretty shape!
 Like this!
 Cut the tails with a v-notch.
This will help prevent fraying...(Gallifreying)
Use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent frays.
 Now, layer and stack.
Hot glue layers together.
Top with a hot glue figure and glue a clip on the backside!
 Super cute!  Don't Blink!
 Make them extra special with tulle, pearl strands,
rhinestones or whatever you can think of!
Go Gryffindor!






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