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I have always wanted to make this string ball lamp and decided to have a go on a sunny afternoon on our balcony. I mixed the PVA glue with water and began wrapping the balloon, glue went everywhere and it took about 1 hour to complete. I made the basic popsicle stand and fitted it with a standard light fitting. It looks great in our study room.

Lee-Kuo calls it a tree lamp

close-up showing the bulb inside

the supports for the string ball

all lit up

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This lamp was designed for my students, I thought I would give them an electrical project to build. It truly is very simple with just a few popsicle sticks and a piece of paper. Most of the work was making the electrical cable with a switch. The cube lamp in the pictures is my own personal version, the students made a normal flat standing cube.

the cube standing on it's corner

a wonderful ambient light

everything is made from wood

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This is something I always wanted to do with students. I have drawn parabolic designs since I was young and always wanted to create them with cotton and felt. Having a small group of home schoolers was a great opportunity to make this craft, it needed approximately 100 nails for each board which they hammered with great delight. The finished crafts were great and they were really pleased.

Lee-Kuo's 2 colour 10 pointed star design

another beautiful star design in white

a circular design in the making

a great 5 pointed star

a free form design with 400 nails

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This is a fantastic popsicle chest of drawers made in Taiwan as a kit. The examples here are my own cutting and sanding which I built with a student over a period of 2 semesters. It truly is a lot of work and many hours of gluing and sanding. My student was so thrilled when she finished it.

A very happy student with her finished chest of drawers

The proud teacher with his chest of drawers

the popsicle chest of drawers and the chair which fits underneath

red felt makes a lovely finishing touch

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