(F)light of imagination

January 31, 2012

One of the lamps I made for my house has a straw coolie hat for a shade. The straw is sewn onto layers of scrap paper, and when the lamp is turned on, ghostly images show through: indecipherable words and other mysteries. That hat, and the little house-shaped birdcage I found in a junk store, inspired this project.

What to use for the lining eluded me until I found some old sheet music at an estate sale. Structural dilemmas ate up more time. End to end, this light took me almost a year to figure out, and a month to build in my spare time.

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To see more photos of the finished product go to Birdcages. To read details about dimensions, possible uses, and pricing, see the Etsy listing or drop me an email.


  1. Love the birdcage lamp with sheet music!

  2. I was just about to ask what the 4F was about till I noticed the fine print under the title. Maybe I just need stronger reading glasses. Or just not to skim so fast.


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