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06308lightblock_01.jpgEcoresin is a translucent, non-toxic polyester resin composed of 40% post-industrial polyester content. But equally important is that it can be used to make beautiful decor objects like the Light Block, which only reveals its hidden branch pattern when illuminated…

We’re wondering if we could make something similar using DIY wood grain paper sheets and a balsa wood frame. Looks like we might have a DIY craft project in the making.

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Good looking Gronos

What a great idea. Now I just need to pry Stu away from his Xbox and into Ikea, which is having its summer sale right now, so why I haven’t already been, I don’t know. Working at the Ikea in Pittsburgh for nearly 2 years hasn’t managed to put me off of them and their flat packed goodness, especially for home accessories. Things like: flower boxes for my railing (no balcony, just railing), super cheap fabric for projects, and plastic bird lights. All for just a few quid. Hurrah! Consumerism is alive and well in this American girl…

The Grono lamp is definitely a hacker favourite. Its smooth rectangle shape opens it to lots of possibilities. Here are a few.

Decoupage a Grono
Ingalill spent half an hour pimping this lamp. She found the picture and printed it, découpage it on and finished with a coat of varnish.

Grono lamp shade
Have a Grono pARTy
Jen of Painted Fish Studio threw a pARTy, where her friends gather at her house and make an art/craft project. The object in the limelight was the Grono and at the end of the evening, out came a delightful array of Grono lamps, pimped to perfection.

Grono lamp shadeGrono lamp shadePaper is used as the main decorative element, stuck onto the lamp with gel matte mediumgel matte medium – which takes longer to dry but more forgiving when it comes to placement than glue.

Grono lamp shadeLovely aren’t they? See pics of other Grono lamps.

Knitted Grono lamp shades
Michaela finds the Grono lamp too frugal. “It craved for an overlay. The milky background is just the right stage for a knitted lace cover in alpaca-silk-yarn,” she says.

Grono lamp shadeGrono lamp shade
See other Grono hacks:
> Palm leaf textured Grono lamp shade
> Grono as hanging bathroom lights
> Hand painted Grono lamp
> More Grono hacks including one with moo minicards

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