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Now, to the project.
I love using old things in new ways – re-cycle, up-cycle, re-purpose. Whatever you call it, it’s making something new from something old.
When I recently re-did my DDs room, I found I had this old hanging light fixture that no longer had a home. As I looked at it, an idea formed.
What the project will use is the metal ring fixture .
- Photos – ones with a small figure or area of interest are ideal
- Jump rings
- Circle Punch or dies, a variety of sizes. I used a 2″ punch and a couple of the Nesties
- scrap card for the template
- Paper Piercer of tiny hole punch
- Optional: Washi Tape to cover the metal rim
- Optional: plastic scrapbooking shapes (mine are American Crafts)
I have lots and lots of photos. Some have been scrapped (or the better photos from the event have) and most of them are from back in the day when photos were printed from a film roll.
My hanging light has 12 strands. As the photo are not translucent, like the plastic flowers that were originally hanging on it are, I opted to do only SIX strands, so as not to block as much light. Even so that took 40 photos. You can feel free to mix in plain cardstock or patterned paper circles, of back the photo circles with card or paper, if you don’t have enough photos (yeah, right, scrappers with not enough photos…like that will happen….)
Punch all the photos you need.
If you are using photos back-to-back, and using a variety of punch or die sizes, make sure you have matching pairs!
Punch a plain circle from scrap card. Using a ruler or gridded mat, divide the template at least in 1/2 (I did it in quarters but that isn’t really required) and punch your small holes.
Make sure the holes are close enough to the edge that your jump rings will connect them so they still move freely, but not so close they could rip thru. Stick the pairs of photos back-to-back. I used both ATG tape as well as some photo-safe glue – both worked fine.
I edged all around the circles with a black permanent marker, to hide the white core of the photos. That is my preference, but you can skip it if you prefer.
Lay out your strips of photo. Note the bottom one DOES NOT NEED a bottom hole punched in it. Use your template to punch the holes in the photo circles.
The easiest way to join them is to:
- open the jump ring with the pliers
- lay the bottom photo right side up on the desk
- lay the top photo over it, upside down
- insert the jump ring then squeeze it closed
- Flip the top photo up
You can wrap Washi tape around the metal ring. You could also colour it with alcohol ink, or use a metal leafing pen, or simply leave it as is. I wrapped it with Washi tape, covering every other hanging notch, because I was using only 6 of the 12.
The easiest way to add the strands is to pop the hanging fixture over a spare wine bottle.
then open the top jump rings and secure them in place.
You can see where I added the plastic shapes. Totally optional. I had them so I used them, just one per strand. I think smaller plain card or patterned paper circles would have worked well too.
Hang it up!
Tricky to get a good photo.
Now a word or two to note:
- My fixture clearly states 40w bulb only. DO NOT be tempted to use a higher watt bulb. You don’t want the heat to cause your photos to burst into flames, although they are far enough away from the heat source that shouldn’t be a problem, better safe than sorry. I installed mine about 2 weeks ago, and have had no trouble with it.
- I would say this is NOT appropriate for a room where the overhead light is your primary light. My scrapping room has a wall of windows and lamps over the desk. The overhead light is just for a bit extra. The circles of photos do create some interesting play of light and shadow when it is dark outside, which I like, but which is not great for actual WORKING under.
- You could easily add a hanger to it and make something that is a bit more hanging mobile than light fixture. If so you could use any sort of ring, like the inner bit of an embroidery hoop. I am fairly sure you can buy the naked light hangers here, but not so sure about other countries. I never even saw a bayonet cap lightbulb till we moved to the UK! But I would NOT suggest using it over a crib, for example, as a baby mobile.
So there you go! Hope you enjoyed it.
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