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Lamp Shade Out of MRI Image Film? Answered

I have a set of MRI scans of my knee. I make lamps and want to make a lamp shade out of these scans. A friend says, no - they will burst into flames. Another pal says, yes - go for it, get an old lampshade from Salvation Army, remove the cloth and clip the MRI scans to the wire armature. Oh, and if I make one, to be sure to use a low watt bulb. I think the scans are cool. But if they burst into flames, that would be bad. So - any idea how this could safely be done? Thanks.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

I wonder how well Acetate would work ?

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

12 years ago

just get a white lapm shade, place the film around it done!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

I am not sure, but if the film sheets are made of heat resistant plastics 135 (a type of vinyl? ) you may be ok. But I am not 100% positive on that

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, I'm not sure what type of plastic is used in modern films. But it hasn't been nitrocellulose for decades. The insurance companies wouldn't allow it. ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Just think, if it DID burst into flames, you'd have an article to take to a Burning Man one day ;-)

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Maybe when they hold Burning Man at Wounded Knee.... :p

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mandodeb
mandodeb

Reply 12 years ago

ha ha!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Well, you are a lot closer than I am ;-)

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

12 years ago

Use a low wattage CFL or even an LED type light bulb, and most modern films are an acetate base so they are affected by moisture and over time that will decompose the film, but you should get a few years out of a film (( ideally you want it under 21 deg c and RH of 20 % or less ))

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thematthatter
thematthatter

12 years ago

i think the film will dry out and crack over time. Might not catch on fire but if it starts to dry out and crack you will have a mess on your hands.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I don't think a 100W incandescent would be very safe, but a 20-40W CFL ought to be OK. Let it run for an hour or two (under close supervision) - if you can hold your hand on the film at the end of that time, you're good to go. . I doubt if they will burst into flames (but they might). Probably stink to high Heaven if you get them too hot.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

He might even want to hold a flame near it and see what happens. (outside)

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Excellent idea!

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Flumpkins
Flumpkins

12 years ago

I have no clue, but if you do it, post pics! That sounds like a very good idea!