Recycled Slide Film Lamp Shade

If you have slides you’re planning on throwing away, why not upcycle them into a unique lamp shade? New York based artist and design Sabina Batelman did just that with hers.

Batelman tells us:

I was into slide photography some time ago and ended up with all these cutting room floor slides that were hard to throw away. Happily, the idea of the lampshade sort of came to me without much thought. Seemed like the most logical thing to do with them. Slides. Light. Need lampshade.

I used a few coats of thin green and brown acrylic paint. Though I’m experimenting now with thicker acrylics to eliminate the need for multiple coats. Keeping the paint off the images was a bit of pain at first, but I eventually got better at it. I bought a bunch of metal rings from the jewelry making department at Michael’s and used a power drill to make the holes. The frame is from a junky $2 lampshade bought from a local thrift store. I cut the shade off and hung the linked slides on. Pretty simple. A bit tedious, but quite therapeutic.

Making another one now. Have a lot of slides. Need more lampshades.

  • beththestoriesofatoz

    Oh my goodness! This is brilliant. Love it!

  • Marfa (Crafting Marfa)

    This idea is so creative! I love it! It looks very original AND it helps to keep things out of landfills-Double great!

  • tonan

    crazy.. but amzing..u have some creativity

  • Christopher McIntosh

    It'll look good for a little while at least, but that'll make the slides fade really fast.

  • Steven

    That is creative and would probably be great in certain settings. But I wouldn't be able to tolerate that harsh bare bulb leaking through between the slides. It would hurt my eyes.

  • John Cali Soderquist

    one of the slides looks like the okc bombing memorial. this is an awesome idea.

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