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 was working on a DIY project for World Maker Faire in New York City this weekend, so a filmstrip to lampshade project created the perfect new release for this major motion picture event.
If you’re in New York this weekend, Maker Faire is not to be missed! The event is a huge celebration of geekdom. Over 600 makers, hackers, designers, and innovators will be there showing off their field of expertise. Design your own 3D printed model, learn how to solder a circuitboard, knit a cozy for the NYSci rocketship, see aerialists fly through the air, and much much more. It’s like a science fair on steroids!
I’ll be at the Maker Square Stage this Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m. showing off this project! Plus the first 25 people to my demo will receive their own kit to create a gift bow from movie film — simple to make, but still a blockbuster hit.
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. Or check your local architectural salvage shop like Resource Exchange or Film Recycling Biz on the east coast.
Ebay and Craigslist are also great places to source these unique materials. I often get asked if movie film is safe to touch. It sure is. The material base is cellulose acetate (oddly enough, the same material used to create cigarette butts). And while the film uses chemicals in processing, it comes out A-Ok with minimal chemicals. As with all light fixtures, you should never leave it unattended (which saves energy, too!). With this particular one, it’s best to use a low-watt, low-heat bulb, like a CFL or LED.
Hope to see you at the Faire! And if you can’t MAKE it there, we still love seeing what you’ve Made + Remade here!