The Art of Darkness

X-Ray Lampshades

April 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

X-Ray LampshadeOooh, what a neat idea.

Spike Vain, a veterinary tech in LA, uses X-rays of some of her patients to make awesomely creepy lampshades. You can see more photos of her work here. (She also has an Etsy shop where she has a few X-ray bookmarks for sale, but doesn’t appear to sell the lamps there.)

I figured that you’d have to ask your local vet (or hospital) about purchasing discarded X-rays, but it turns out you can buy them online. A couple of sites, like Buy X-Rays and Buy X-Rays Online specialize in them, but you can even find a few at Amazon: Human | Animal.

After that, all you need is a suitable lampshade. DIY lampshade kits are available at craft suppliers, but you could also just pick up a cheap lamp from a thrift store and re-use its shade. Be sure to choose a shade with a sturdy frame that’s attractive enough to display, since the X-rays are suspended from ties instead of being glued on top.

From the photos, it appears that Spike cuts the X-rays to shape, covers the edges with some sort of binding (possibly fabric tape?), then inserts grommets into each corner. Ribbon (or in some cases, possibly wire; it’s hard to tell from the photos) is threaded through the holes and used to tie each panel in place on the frame.

The result is really striking. The lamps would be a perfect decorative accessory for Halloween, but they’re certainly attractive enough to use year-’round. They’d also make an interesting gift for a physician, dentist, or anyone else who works with bones.

(via WitchArachne)

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