How to: Movie film lamp
Old movie film is not the most common material to have lying around your house. When I recently got my hands on a roll, the upcycled gears started turning in my head. I wanted a new lamp for my living room, so a filmstrip to lampshade project created the perfect new release for this space.
Since movie film isn’t the easiest material to come by, this project translates just as well from old 35mm film negatives. If your negatives are too short, you can always tape them together with clear tape. You can also check your local architectural salvage shop like Resource Exchange if you're in the Philadelphia area. Ebay and Craigslist are also great places to source these unique materials. I often get asked if movie film is flammable and safe to touch. It’s material base is cellulose acetate (oddly enough, the same material used to create cigarette butts). And while the material uses chemicals in processing, the film comes out A-Ok with minimal chemicals. As with all light fixtures, you should use never leave it unattended. With this particular one, it’s best to use a low-watt, low-heat bulb, like an LED.
7 finished wood shelves 56” x 12” x 1”
an old lamp and lampshade