Intro: X-ray Lamp
What to do with an old lamp and those left over x-rays from when you broke your 4th and 5th metacarpals.
Step 1: Dissemble Old Lamp
First I separated the lampshade along the seam.
Second I removed the top and bottom metal rings.
It all came apart fairly simple just be careful not to rip a big tare in the shade (which i did). When your done you'll have a large C shaped piece of paper and two metal rings (see pic).
Step 2: Get Some Old X-rays
If you didn't break your hand maybe you had a hernia or got a nail stuck in your skull.
Step 3: Trim Up the X-rays
Trim up the x-rays to get rid of the excess black borders. Here I score them first to help me cut a straight line.
Step 4: Layout
Lay out the x-rays on the lampshade to get a general idea of where you want them. Trace the outlines.
Step 5: Cut Out Windows
I drew another box inside of the traced x-ray box. Then cut out the inner box. This leaves enough room to glue or tape the x-rays on the inside of the lampshade.
Step 6: Tape and Trim Edges
Tape the x-rays to the inside of the lampshade and trim around the edges.
Step 7: Re-assemble the Lampshade and Your Done.
Tape up the seam and insert the top ring. I used electrical tape for this but hot glue would probably work better. That's it. Put the lampshade on the lamp and you're done.
Step 8: Other Ideas...
-You can use your own material or the x-rays themselves to cut out the pattern for the lampshade. Coat hangers or thick wire can be used for the wire frame.
-You could do interesting things to re-connect the lampshade seam (sewing it together or stapling.)
-Paint or color the lampshade.
-I don't know?