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Kristina Parkes
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Lighting

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Milk Bottles

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A ceiling light primarily made from milk and plastic bottles. They have been individually cut and decorated into petals and strung together over a form from two old lampshades.

Materials & Equipment List

Milk bottlesPlastic bottlesOld lamp shadesInvisible threadGimletCork boardNeedleDrawing PinUHU GlueScissorsCraft Knife

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Collect milk and plastic bottles, clean and cut into squares then random petal like shapes.You should vary the size and shape.Also bear in mind that you will require more milk bottle shapes than clear plastic.
Using a Gimlet/Drawing pin to pierce holes and patterns into your petals.You can also use a lighter or a tea light to further shape your petals.
Dismantle two old lamp shades which are the same size, although if you don't have two the same this will still work fine, it will just result in a slightly different shape.
Once you have the parts of the lampshade they need to be temporarily held into the correct form. This is with the two inner parts together and the larger ring suspended evenly between them. I achieved this by using some masking tape and a steel ruler for the centre band.
Each of your petals will now need to threaded onto the frame.I used invisible thread so the strings are seen as little as possible.I used a random mixture of milk and clear plastic bottles, although sticking to mostly milk so the light would not be too bright.Use your smaller petals towards the top and bottom and the larger ones in the centre, this gives the light a nice balanced shape ensuring no gaps.
Continue around the frame, securing each string of petals in place.Use your own judgement to achieve the look you want.
To neaten the string you will inevitably be left with at the top and base, flatten out a milk bottle and draw two circles to fit your lamp, one with a smaller circle inside.Once cut out, use nail varnish remover to take off any marks left from a pen.Then still the circle with centre missing over the wire of your light fitting and secure using UHU glue.The full circle should go out the base, make an effort to tuck any loose string inside, and the glue of the circle will hold these in place allowing you to trim them later.
All Done!!Turn on and enjoy!!
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Kristina Parkes

Shenstone

United Kingdom

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